From the July 2009 Idaho Observer:
Obama "science czar" advocates "family planning"
Obama "science czar" advocates "family planning"
Obama science czar John Holdren once believed in mandatory abortions, forced sterilization and covert delivery of antifertility drugs in municipal drinking water. At his Senate confirmation hearings, Holdren backpedaled (but did not recant) his "family planning" beliefs.
Shortly after "Obama" began his occupation of the White House, John P. Holdren (65) was appointed as "Assistant to President Barack Obama for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology." In modern federal executive parlance, Holdren is Obama’s "science czar."
Very little about Holdren’s parentage and upbringing is publicly available. His "biographies" indicate that his life begins upon earning a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and a PhD in plasma physics from Stanford University in 1970. A little extra digging does, however, reveal that he was born in Sewickly, PA and raised in San Mateo, CA. He is married to biologist Cheryle Holdren. The Holdrens have two children and four grandchildren. At least he has practiced his militant "family planning" beliefs.
Considering his curricula vitae, Holdren is perfectly appointed to be in charge of directing U.S. science policy in these Orwellian times. According to wikipedia, Holdren was formerly the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As a professor at the University of California, Berkley for 23 years, Holdren’s interests were focused on environmental change, energy policy and technology, nuclear proliferation and science and technology policy. Holdren was chairman of the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from February 2007 until February 2008. Holdren was the director of the Woods Hole Research Center until abdicating his position in Dec., 2008, in apparent anticipation of his White House appointment.
The main controversy surrounding Holdren’s appointment to direct U.S. science policy under this agenda-driven administration centers on his published work from the 70s. In his book "Ecoscience" (1977), Holdren advocated mandatory abortions, forced sterilization of prisoners and proposed the covert addition of infertility drugs to municipal water supplies in an effort to slow down population growth. During Senate confirmation hearings last February, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) observed that, "In 1973, you encouraged ‘a decline in fertility well below replacement’ in the United States because ‘280 million in 2040 is likely to be too many.’" Senator Vitter than asked, "What would your number for the right population in the U.S. be today?"
Holdren’s answer was, "I no longer think it’s productive, Senator, to focus on the optimum population of the United States. I don’t think any of us know what the right answer is. When I wrote those lines in 1973, I was preoccupied with the fact that many problems the United States faced appeared to be being made more difficult by the greater population growth that then prevailed. I think everyone who studies these matters understands that population growth brings some benefits and some liabilities. It’s a tough question to determine which will prevail in a given time period."
For the Senate confirmation panel, Holdren softened the hardline stance he had taken on such radical depopulation measures since the 70s. But his answer does did not reflect the fact that he has been writing, researching, expanding and advocating these concepts from the 1970s to present. Besides Ecoscience, Holdren has authored some 300 articles and papers, co-authored and co-edited some 20 books and book-length reports including, Energy (1971), Human Ecology (1973), Energy in Transition (1980), Earth and the Human Future (1986), Strategic Defences and the Future of the Arms Race (1987), Building Global Security Through Cooperation (1990), Conversion of Military R&D (1998), and Ending the Energy Stalemate (2004). Holdren’s work was even cited in the Global 2000 Report to the President (1982) in which every conceivable global condition (economics, commerce, energy, environment, resources, for example) was compared to population growth with the general conclusion that it must be dramatically reduced.
Following are some quotes from Ecoscience to give our readers an idea of who Obama has chosen to be in charge of "scientific" policy at this moment in U.S. history:
"Compulsory abortions would be legal. Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society."
"Single mothers should have their babies taken away by the government; or they could be forced to have abortions One way to carry out this disapproval might be to insist that all illegitimate babies be put up for adoption—especially those born to minors, who generally are not capable of caring properly for a child alone. If a single mother really wished to keep her baby, she might be obliged to go through adoption proceedings and demonstrate her ability to support and care for it."
Holdren’s ideas for population control are underpinned by the state determining who should be allowed to reproduce and who should be sterilized and that the state should heartlessly remove children and babies from families at its own discretion.