(LifeSiteNews) — Eccentric billionaire and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has once again issued a warning about the risk posed by low birth rates, rejecting the assessments of global “experts” who continue to insist that there are too many people occupying the planet.
Musk, who has grabbed headlines in recent weeks for moving to take over Twitter in a bid to restore free speech principles to the highly-censored social media platform, said last week that despite assessments from experts and climate activists, it’s low birth rates, not overpopulation, that pose a risk to the future of civilization.
“Most people in the world are operating under the false impression that there are too many people,” Musk told Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of German publishing company Axel Springer last week.
“This is not true,” the 50-year-old Tesla and SpaceX founder said. “Earth could maintain a population many times the current level. And the birth rate has been dropping like crazy.”
“Most people in the world are operating under the false impression that we’ve got too many people. This is not true. Earth could maintain a population many times the current level. The birth rate has been dropping like crazy.” — @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/5BpOYThLRM
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) April 19, 2022
Despite having maintained a stable birth rate throughout prior decades, the U.S. birthrate has fallen a staggering 20% since 2007.
China, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Bangladesh and Indonesia also report current birthrates well below the rate of replacement.
— World Economic Forum (@Davos) April 6, 2018
In his comments last week, Musk blasted the “ridiculous population estimates” made by the United Nations, which project the global population will reach over 10 billion by the end of the century.
According to Musk, the estimates need to be “updated because, really, they don’t make any sense.”
The prominent billionaire’s warnings about the declining birthrate aren’t new. Musk has been predicting the collapse of civilization due to shrinking population rates for years.
Last year, he called low birthrates “one of the biggest risks to civilization.”
“I can’t emphasize this enough, there are not enough people,” he told The Wall Street Journal in December.
Musk’s warnings echo similar admonitions from popular psychology professor and author Jordan Peterson, who has repeatedly argued that the overpopulation narrative is inaccurate and even contains genocidal overtones.
“I’ve thought for at least ten years that the biggest problem in 50 years will be that there’s just not enough people,” Peterson told podcaster Chris Williamson in February. “This idea that the planet has too many people on it… there’s no sentiment more implicitly genocidal than that statement.”
“So what do you mean, ‘too many people,’ exactly?” The 12 Rules for Life author continued. “And what do you mean, ‘the planet’? And what do you propose to do about that, exactly? Mass abortion, is that your answer? Or should we do something a little more dramatic?”