“De-develop” the United States?
Interesting quotes being attributed to John P. Holdren, White House Science & Technology Director. Apparently Holdren wrote the following in his 1973 book, “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions” (co-authored with environmental activists Paul and Anne Ehrlich).
“Resources must be diverted from frivolous and wasteful uses in overdeveloped countries to filling the genuine needs of underdeveloped countries. This effort must be largely political, especially with regard to our overexploitation of world resources, but the campaign should be strongly supplemented by legal and boycott action against polluters and others whose activities damage the environment. The need for de-development presents our economists with a major challenge. They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.”
While Holdren now claims this is a “stale topic,” it is still reasonable — especially at the tail end of a worldwide depression and while the energy industry awaits final decisions on cap & trade legislation, the imposition of state and national renewable portfolio standards, EPA-driven GHG and coal ash regulations, Clean Water Act-related mine permitting issue in the CAPP region, implementation of the Transport Rule (to replace CAIR), implementation of MACT rules on industrial and power generation boilers, moratoriums on off-shore oil drilling (while US-based loan guarantees are being signed for drilling in other countries), along with a host of other related issues — to question how much influence this allegedly “stale” mindset still has on current energy policy.
More on Holdren’s stated positions, interviews, and writings at JoNova.
Update: Holdren also co-authored another book, title Ecoscience with Paul and Anne Ehrlich. This book has some profoundly disturbing policy suggestions on how to deal with perceived environmental and energy issues.