14 May 2008

The Sky is Falling

"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, 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 said 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 the rest of this eye-opening piece here:

Walter Williams on the False Prophets of Doom.

2 comments:

Isophorone said...

The first Earth Day was 1970, but I won't quibble too much.

Paul Ehrlich was trashed thoroughly by the late Julian Simon, Preofessor at the University of Maryland. Simon made a bet with Ehrlich on the price trends of several raw materials, and won. Ehrlich tends not to acknowledge this bet.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks for the post. I was 11 in 1969 and I remember indoctrination over "the planet in peril" had already begun in public schools.