Thursday, May 8, 2008

Old Environmentalist Predictions

Environmentalists' wacky predictions

Now that another Earth Day has come and gone, let's look at some environmentalist predictions that they would prefer we forget.

At the first Earth Day celebration, in 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned, "The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind." C.C. Wallen of the World Meteorological Organization said, "The cooling since 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed." In 1968, professor Paul Ehrlich, Vice President Gore's hero and mentor, predicted there would be a major food shortage in the U.S. and "in the 1970s ... hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death." Ehrlich forecasted that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980 and 1989, and by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million. Ehrlich's predictions about England were gloomier: "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000." Read More

The predictions of environmentals from 40 years ago compared with their predictions today demonstrate that our climate has cycles. Everything on this planet tends to run in cycles, so it shouldn’t surprise us that the temperature can rise and fall regardless of human activity. After all, it’s been doing just that for the past 4 billion years.

1 comment:

lightninboy said...

Nice article.

4 billion years? You believe in evolution?