President-elect Barack Obama stated in December that he had nominated Holdren as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as part of his Administration's mission to promote an unbiased science. The goal, said Obama, was to protect "free and open inquiry" and "ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology."
"It's about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it's inconvenient - especially when it's inconvenient," announced Obama.
Apparently, Obama thinks that the population of the United Stated is inconvenient. Because his appointee is not unbiased; this is from a book that he co-authored:
Holdren co-authored the work with population control advocates Paul and Anne Ehrlich with the central premise that governments may curtail individual human rights "where society has a 'compelling, subordinating interest' in regulating population size."
Examples put forward by the authors include the possibility of forced abortion to meet population quotas, sterilizing populations through intentionally tainting the water-supply with infertility drugs, mandating unwed and teen mothers to chose between abortion or giving their children up for adoption, and the imposition of a "Planetary Regime" to enforce policies of population control, with one enforcement mechanism being a global transnational police force.
"Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society," wrote Holdren on page 837.
Holdren defends that assertion on the next page by stating that "neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions a right to reproduce" and that for the survival of society, a government could both coerce women to have children as well as force them to abort.
Large families are a particular target of Holdren and the Ehrlichs, who write that parents of such families "contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children" and "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility."
Holdren advances several ideas for coercive fertility control. He states (pp. 786-7) that "sterilizing women after their second or third child" may be more practicable than sterilizing men, proposes a "long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin" at puberty and then "might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births."
"Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control," says Holdren.
"Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock."
Holdren proposes on pages 942-3, an ultimate enforcement mechanism in the form of "a Planetary Regime - sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment" that would control and distribute all natural resources and determine as well the "optimum population for the world."
"Control of population size might remain the responsibility of each government, but the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits," Holdren states. Earlier Holdren had mentioned the creation of "an armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force" (p. 917) as one method of achieving international security.