Earth Day…

15 Bogus predictions from the original earth day, and governments starting enacting policies that for the most part do nothing more can cost us money and/or make money for those raising the issue

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

We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.”   • Barry Commoner, Washington 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“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

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”  • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

“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

“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

“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

“We are prospecting for the very last of our resources and using up the nonrenewable things many times faster than we are finding new ones.”  • Martin Litton, Sierra Club director

“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

“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, the day after the first Earth Day

“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

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

“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

Today, Earth Day, the eco-wackos will surely get their day moment in the spotlight and their soundbites on the nightly news. They’ll predict a future even grimmer than they predicted 43 years ago.

And they’ll be just as wrong 43 years from now.  Just sayin…

Oh yeah, and Ehrlich?  He studies butterflies…  Wald? Political activist and Harvard Biochemist.  Watt? Apparently a professor emeritus from UC Davis, no other info…  Commoner?  Biologist Washington Univ St. Louis, political activist. He was a leading ecologist and among the founders of the modern environmental movement.


Earth Day… — 17 Comments

  1. If you just look at the financial damage this crap has done . . . . heavy sigh. Everything from CAFE standards to CPF bulbs to closing coal mines . . . . and now it seems the the CO2 may be keeping us from another dip into a mini ice age?? Truth is no one knows, no one have ever known and we may well never understand the eco-cycle of the earth and sun well enough to predict anything other that “the sun rises and falls each day”.

  2. Having read Erlich’s “The Population Bomb” in college, in the early ’70s, I can’t understand how anyone could ever take the guy seriously. I concluded that reading someone else’s bad theories based on no research qualifies as “research” of your own.

    And the billions (trillions?) this bad science has cost us all …. sigh.

  3. WSF- Of course not…

    Bill- Absolutely correct!

    Rev- Activist… nuff said…

    PoppaJ- Yep! And WE are paying for it!!!

  4. I was about 9 years old when I first heard all this crap in the early 1970s. Gave me a stomach ache that night and I woke up vomiting. This bunch should be ashamed of their lies/untruths/misspeaking.

  5. Opus- Like today, they were ‘activists’ so the truth didn’t matter it was all “feelings”…

  6. AND they hijacked my wife’s birthday, the bastards. Ehrlich, why he’s still even at Stan-Fu is a freaking mystery since nothing he said would happen ever happened, he’s the Noam Chomsky of nothing. Effing Stanford. Bunch of child-frightening creeps.

  7. –“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

    Oddly enough, the mandated use of corn for ethanol is more likely to cause mass starvation.

  8. I’ll dissent a bit… The climate change/population aspects of those quotes are suspect at best, no question. But, I can eat the fish from a lot of rivers in New England that were unfishable when Earth Day got going. (if one needs dollar signs on that: tourism/sport fishing, water filtration for people) My sugar maples, a rather valuable resource in this region, are no longer dying at nearly the same rate. Both shifts are directly traceable to environmental regulations dating from that period. There are plenty of other examples.

    Do environmental regulations cost money? Absolutely.

    Are some of the environmental regulations and the way they are applied utterly asinine? Absolutely.

    Were individuals, companies, and governments causing severe environmental damage? Yes. They still are in countries without any regulation. To expect that people will police themselves on this issue is to expect them to be saints for no immediate benefit to themselves. I’m not that, maybe everyone else is for the first time in history?

    Environmentally ‘clean’, however defined, companies cannot, indeed should not, occur in a purely capitalistic model. In the majority of cases it costs the company money. (not always, fuel efficiency would have been market driven, but treating industrial waste water/air has little market value and a huge overhead cost) The benefit of the regulations is neither direct nor short term. Consequently, going as far back as the Romans you will find individuals pursuing money and governments periodically deciding that the water ought to be drinkable, usually while also pursuing the money. This wasn’t a serious issue, unless you mind cholera and typhus, until the industrial revolution, which was a Very Good thing don’t get me wrong, allowed us to create consequences on a continental sized scale. Moving the city no longer worked.

    Our problem is that we created not only a sui generis bureaucracy, bad enough; but we went in the belief that man was a god controlling nature and we created a religion out of the most nebulous and over-arching aspect of it: climate change. There is a word for it, hubris, and the Greeks had the last word on that two thousand plus years ago.

  9. Aca- No question you are correct, but when (like they are now) you kill an entire industry (logging over spotted owl or fishing off Grand Banks) because they can at the swipe of a pen, I have a problem with that. One sided ‘research’ with no objective in mind other than activism is WRONG… Just sayin…

    Fuzzy- Yep!

  10. I celebrated Earth Day by going out in the yard and lying face down with my arms stretch out and gave the earth a big hug for being here. After I scraped off all the ants and spit out the grasshopper, I felt much better about our orb.