Friday, April 26, 2019

Climate Change Hysteria

Here’s a story that will brighten your day. I promise. OK, those who hang on the drool issuing forth from one Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will not find this very amusing. After all, the bug-eyed buffoon from New York City has already told us that the world as we know it is going to end in twelve years. If you actually believed that, you should stop reading now. And you should bow your head in shame.

Because, guess what, climate change hysteria has been with us for quite some time now. Peter Baggins, at (via Zero Hedge) has done us a great service. He has gone back in time and unearthed the dire prophecies pronounced by climate change hysterics in 1970.

You will not be surprised at what you are going to read. Here they are:

  1.  “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
    — Harvard biologist George Wald
  1. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” 
— Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day

  1. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human
    — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner

  1.  “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. … 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.
    — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

  1. “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

  1. “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

  1. “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. … 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. … 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

You will note that most of these prophecies were offered by people who held serious titles in serious American universities. They were scientific thought leaders.

Climate change hysteria has been with us for decades now. It will likely be with us for many more decades.


trigger warning said...

I re-read Paul Ehrlich's polemic, "Eco-Catastrophe!" (1969), as my penance for Erf Day. I was impelled to don sackcloth of hemp and assume the lotus in coal ashes, and considered - briefly - mortification by bicycle.

If you want a good laugh, it's widely available in .pdf for download.

"THE END OF THE OCEAN CAME late in the summmer of 1979, and it came even more rapidly than the biologists had expected. There had been signs for more than a decade, commencing with the discovery in 1968 that DDT slows down photosynthesis in marine plant life..."
---P. Ehrlich, PhD (caps in original)

Signs and omens.

Anonymous said...

DDT adds flavor to drinking water, go ask Poily

Sam L. said...

Past experience of false predictions does not mean that new predictions are better...they're likely just as bad, but getting more hysterical. DOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They're still lying to us.

UbuMaccabee said...

But today’s credentialed experts are different. They have consensus.

Sam L. said...

Ubu, consensus just makes sure everyone agrees to jump off the cliff to their injuries or death. But you know that. They haven't figured that part out.