Obama Science Czar Who Called for End of Auto Industry Owns Two Cars

March 23, 2012 - 9:54 AM

John P. Holdren, Barack Obama

White House science adviser John P. Holdren and President Barack Obama (White House photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Obama Science Czar Dr. John P. Holdren, an ardent environmentalist who has called for an end to the auto industry since the '70s, owns two automobiles.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Holdren and his wife, Dr. Cheryl E. Holdren, have active registration plates for a 2000 Subaru Legacy and for a 2004 Toyota Prius – with both of them co-owners of both vehicles.

Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, is a former Harvard professor, and one of the world’s top champions of the ecological catastrophe/global warming concept.

He wrote several books in the ‘70s with environmentalists Paul and Anne Ehrlich calling for – among other things -- an end to the automobile industry as we know it.

In their 1973 book “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote of the need for the federal government to re-purpose the automobile industry.

“We believe a federal task force should be established immediately to do the planning and to lay the groundwork for dealing with the automobile problem without great disruption to the national economy," Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.

"Such a task force might be part of a larger institution with the responsibility to devise policies for making the transition to a stable, ecologically sound economy. The task is enormous, but it is both possible and necessary. In the short term, alternative activities must be found for various industries, including those related to the automobile."

In the same book, Holdren and the Ehrlich's promoted the idea of then-Louisiana State University economist Herman Daly of imposing "depletion quotas" on natural resources to drive up their prices and reduce usage.

"Limiting the amount of energy available would, of course, also tend to limit the size and number of automobiles, encourage the use of mass transit and promote the substitution of efficient high-speed trains for energetically wasteful short- and medium-haul jet airplanes."

In fact, as a transitional measure, Holdren and the Ehrlichs championed the idea of “small, low-horsepower, long-lasting cars designed for recycling.”

“To this end,” they wrote, “the U.S. government might start by removing tariffs and import restrictions on automobiles that meet strict exhaust-emission standards, so that small foreign cars would become even more attractive to American buyers.”

Holdren and the Ehrlichs, meanwhile, are the same authors who also wrote that a “massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States.”