Maybe William Shatner should stick to going where “no man has gone before” in space versus climate change. This morning on radio, Glenn played snippets of an old interview he had with Shatner, where they discussed overpopulation and the capability of Earth to sustain our constantly growing population. Did all the imaginary space exploration in Star Trek fog up his head?
"I buy that the world is falling apart," Shatner said back in 2008. "In every way. The main cause of it is overpopulation. Not the main. The cause of the world`s destruction is there are too many people...There are too many stupid and intelligent people. They`re so close together you can`t tell them apart. They`re pressed together, defecating into the ocean, and it`s all -- it`s just too much. The planet can`t take it."
"You`re trembling on the edge of toxic food and toxic air and toxic water all the time," he continued. "I`m in the area of losing faith that there`s anything we can do about it, because people continue to propagate."
At the time, Shatner criticized the government for not legislating 35 miles a gallon for gas in 2020. "A guy showed me an engine, he poured Coca-Cola into it, and it ran on Coca-Cola. I don`t know about that. All I do know is that it is well within the technology of today to get 75 miles a gallon. Why is the government legislating 35 miles a gallon 12 years from now when we`re in a crisis now?"
Watch the interview from way back in 2008 - which has a whole new meaning given the NYT's debunking of overpopulation doom and gloom prophecies of the 1970s: