Down to Earth Claptrap

EarthDayIt was Earth Day last week. Their web site said

It’s our turn to lead – Earth Day’s 45th anniversary – could be the most exciting year in environmental history

 Well, it wasn’t. No big surprise there; ever since the first Earth Day in 1970, they have been coming up with the most sublime drivel. Courtesy of iHateTheMedia, here is a selection of the predictions these people made 45 years ago:

“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.”
• Kenneth Watt, ecologist

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
• George Wald, Harvard Biologist

“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.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“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, Stanford University biologist

“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.”
• Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“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

“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.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“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.’”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
• Sen. Gaylord Nelson

“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, Ecologist

Personally, as someone who went to University to read science (although as it happens, I ended up taking my degree in literature – that is another story) I resent these attempts by neo-religious alarmist nutters to claim that they speak in the name of science. Scientology would be more like it.

It has not got much better. As recently as 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. These people, it was said, would flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to food production. Here is the picture they produced of where these disaster would happen:

un_50million_600-11kap9climat

The UN have removed it all now, but happily WUWT has preserved it for us, and even provide a link for the hi-res image: 11kap9climat.png 3012 x 1699 pixels PNG (577K).

beach disasterSo, there were no climate refugees by 2010.  Hurricanes are down.  Food supply is up. In fact, there has been healthy population growth in the very places that the UN said would be uninhabitable by 2010. So what did the UN do? They said in 2011 that disaster is going to strike in 2020! There were pictures of penguins and poor people waiting to be drowned to prove it.

Meanwhile, the UN has been busy trying to conceal the embarrassment of its past failed predictions.  Credit goes to Gavin Atkins of Asian Correspondent for highlighting these unworthy attempts by the UN to bury their mistakes.  US-POLITICS-OBAMAAnd just last week  Prez Younigh Stays burns 9000 gallons of aviation fuel going to whoop it up with the Earth Day nutters in the Everglades (which was supposed to have been flooded by now, but isn’t).

Potty. All utterly potty.

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