Think spreading America’s wealth on a global scale to make things “even.” Holdren is Obama’s science czar who has a nutty idea about de-develop the US to make things more “fair’ to undeveloped countries.
(CNSNews.com) – John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, recently told a conference sponsored by the Office of Naval Research that “public-private partnerships involving foreign nations” are an “important element of the Administration’s focus on public-private collaboration.”
In the past, writing in collaboration with anti-population-growth advocate Paul Ehlrich, Holdren has said that humanity must face up to a “world of zero net physical growth” and that: “Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.”
“What is actually required is nothing less than the transformation of human society,” Holdren said in a book he co-authored in 1973 with Paul and Anne Ehrlich.
On Oct. 23, Holdren spoke at the Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference that was held at a hotel in Arlington, Va., and sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. His speech has been posted on the White House website.
“I’m especially happy to share the Administration’s views on science, technology, and innovation with this audience because it’s precisely the mix of industry, academia, government, and the military represented in this hall that is at the core of this Administration’s strategy for strengthening our science, technology, and innovation ecosystem–including of course STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] education–that is so central for meeting all of our national goals,” Holdren said.
Holdren told the audience that President Obama understands security to include the “environmental dimensions of our well-being.”
“It certainly has been a privilege and a pleasure for me to serve as the science and technology advisor for a President who understands with crystal clarity the importance and the promise that science and technology hold—not just for our national security in the narrow sense but for our security in the broader sense that includes the economic and environmental dimensions of our well-being,” said Holdren.
In his speech, Holdren touted the benefits of “public-private partnerships,” pointing, for example, to partnerships advanced by the Department of Energy. In closing, he explained why the administration believes it is important to develop international public-private partnerships.
“Now I’d like to wrap up by talking about one other important element of the Administration’s focus on public-private collaboration, and that is in the domain of international science and technology cooperation,” said Holdren.
“I raise it in part because I think a lot of you here—maybe especially many of you with dot-mil email addresses—probably assume that public-private partnerships involving foreign nations must be too sensitive, or too difficult to take on,” said Holdren. “Maybe you think the potential risks almost automatically outweigh the potential benefits.
“Well I am here to say that, while of course there are going to be limits on this kind of collaboration in the military domain and other sensitive domains, there is actually a lot of opportunity to advance innovation with international partners—a lot of innovation that can benefit our nation directly,” said Holdren.
“My opinions on this come from having a front-row seat in a number of such venues: I serve as the co-chair of six bilateral S&T ministerial meetings–with Japan, Korea, Brazil, Russia, China, and India—and I can say without hesitation that the nation has benefited enormously from those shared arrangements, through cost-sharing and by gaining access to resources that would otherwise not be available,” said Holdren.
He did not elaborate on how the United States might have benefited from any collaboration with China, but he did point to a number of examples, including one involving Brazil.
“And at the last ministerial meeting with Brazil, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense signed an agreement to exchange R&D information on topics of mutual interest, including biofuels,” said Holdren.