Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Monday shredded the perennially wrong scientist Paul Ehrlich, saying he should be given zero credibility.
Ehrlich, who has consistently failed to predict the end of the world, spoke on “60 Minutes” Sunday and said “The next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to.”
Self-described energy expert Alex Epstein wondered on Twitter why the show featured Ehrlich, “the anti-human ecologist who has been 180 wrong for 55 years??!!”
Why is @60Minutes featuring Paul Ehrlich, the anti-human ecologist who has been 180° wrong for 55 years??!!
“humanity is not sustainable. To maintain our lifestyle (yours and mine, basically) for the entire planet, you’d need 5 more Earths.”
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— Alex Epstein (@AlexEpstein) January 2, 2023
“Ehrlich despises humanity,” Musk responded to Epstein. “Nothing he says should be given the slightest credibility.”
Ehrlich despises humanity. Nothing he says should be given the slightest credibility.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 2, 2023
Ehrlich has made other notable doomsday predictions, writing in his 1968 book “The Population Bomb” that the 1970s would be hellish and require population control measures to fight overpopulation. (RELATED: Heretics From History Forecasted The Apocalypse For 2023)
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over,” Ehrlich predicted in the book. “In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death.”
His dire warnings led to the adoption of forced sterilization and other population control measures in various countries, including China’s one-child policy, according to Smithsonian Magazine.
In 1970 Ehrlich bet that “in 10 years all important animal life in the sea [would] be extinct.” He also wrongly predicted that in 1973, two “smog disasters” in both New York and Los Angeles would claim approximately 200,000 lives.