Happy Earth Day! Somehow we have managed to not destroy the earth and humankind is still here. Sea levels haven’t risen to flood New York City or Las Angeles. There are still polar bears, penguins and elephant seals. Given the absolutely dire predictions, I am truly amazed we’re all not dead yet.
Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Millions attended events around the world to celebrate the event. Since then, Earth Day events are held in 192 countries.
As you read the list below, ask yourself which of these doomsday predictions have come true. Behold the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
“Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
“In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
“[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt
Paul Ehrlich warned in the May 1970 issue of Audubon that DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons “may have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945.” Ehrlich warned that Americans born since 1946…now had a life expectancy of only 49 years, and he predicted that if current patterns continued this expectancy would reach 42 years by 1980, when it might level out. (Note: According to the most recent CDC report, life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years).
“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” Life Magazine, January, 1970.
Liberal progressives will tell you that the “science is settled” on climate change, or global warming.. or is it global cooling now? Whatever, we’re all going to destroy the earth and end mankind, any day now, maybe. Just you wait. Its coming. Twenty years ago we’re doomed.
The greatest hoax ever perpetrated, Climate Change, can be used to justify ANY government action. Global wealth redistribution, empowering any government agency action like the EPA, increased taxes, Obama’s war on coal and other fossil fuels, the UN’s Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 which calls for depopulation of certain areas, population control and co-opting local and national governments to take control of all privately held lands and increased urbanization. Stuff people into densely packed tenements where they can be made dependent on government subsidies, entitlements and public transportation, therefore, more easily controlled.
Climate Change (it can’t be called Global Warming anymore, the globe didn’t warm. It can’t be called Global Cooling anymore, the globe didn’t cool) is the instrument intended to bring about global socialism. If the entire earth is at risk and all life on earth is at stake, government can make you do anything. The only problem is that none of it is true.
So, as you take your family out to enjoy an Earth Day event near you remember to wear plenty of sunscreen, or a parka and mittens, or maybe bring an umbrella. With any luck you’ll make it home alive.
Happy Earth Day!