On Sunday, January 1 the CBS "news magazine" featured Paul Ehrlich in a segment claiming the planet is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction and that wildlife is running out of places to live. The 90-year-old Stanford University biologist renowned for his inaccurate doomsday predictions over past decades stated:
"I know there's no political will to do any of the things that I am concerned with, which is exactly why I and the vast majority of my colleagues think we've had it; that the next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we're used to."
Responding on American Family Radio, Dr. Frank Turek of Cross Examined said Ehrlich is known to have been wrong about many things.
"I am looking at an article from a 1970 paper out of California where this guy Ehrlich said the oceans will be as dead as Lake Erie in less than a decade," Turek shared. "He also said America will be subject to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980."
The Christian apologist gives Ehrlich – known for his controversial 1968 book "The Population Bomb" – little to no credibility.
"I am not so sure this is a guy we ought to go to 50 years later after he made one false prediction after another," Turek offered. "Now, we need to evaluate his claims on a case-by-case basis and see whether he has any evidence of this. But we have seen climate hysteria predictions for the last 60 or 70 years and none – zero, nada – none of them have come true.
"… If they tried and spent months on it, '60 Minutes' could not have found a more thoroughly discredited doomsday preacher than Paul Ehrlich. This is a man who, in 1969, hinted at sterility drugs in our water and food supply to control our population. He made spectacularly wrong predictions on resource scarcity, on overpopulation, on energy, on oil being available – and every single one of his predictions failed."
"So why does CBS bring this guy [on]? He has been shown to be false at what he said 50 years ago."
Others who have responded to the "60 Minutes" segment include Virginia state legislator Nick Freitas: "If Paul Ehrlich is projecting disaster, I actually feel better about our chances. He is never correct."
Ben Shapiro made similar comments about Ehrlich: "This person is one of the most famous wrong people ever, and they're still interviewing him with his catastrophic Malthusian predictions."