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13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970

 

shutterstock_115509832Today is Earth Day — an annual event first launched on April 22, 1970. The inaugural festivities (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded. Sound familiar? Behold the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:

  1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
  2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  3. “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
  4. “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.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
  5. “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.” — Paul Ehrlich
  6. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
  7. “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
  8. “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
  9. “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.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  10. “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
  11. “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.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  12. “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.”Newsweek magazine
  13. “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

A version of this article was posted last year.

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A ballot referendum sponsored by the trade group American Progressive Bag Alliance has forced California’s political class to postpone its ban on “single-use” plastic bags from July 1 until voters act on the measure in November, 2016. Supporters of the bag ban are confident voters will uphold it because plastic bags are a costly burden to […]

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Recently, some of my friends dreamed aloud about a cross-country pipeline moving water and snow away from flooded or snow-plagued areas to regions suffering from drought.  Rather than shovel excess snow into useless piles until it finally melts and swamps the city, why not transport it somewhere dry? What might be the most efficient way […]

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I just heard on Glenn Beck this a.m. (yeah, I know!) that Al Gore thinks all climate change deniers should be punished.  The science is settled, yada, yada, yada.  Here’s a radical idea for him–stop flying that private jet to all the climate change conferences!  Get a Piper Cub, already!  Even if every person who […]

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EPA is about to deliver gut punches to parts of the country doing the best job in pulling themselves up after the Great Recession. The Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce (BRAC) analyzed the 20 top performing metro economies—which includes Baton Rouge–and found that 18 of them would be considered in “non-attainment” if EPA’s ozone standard were lowered 65 parts […]

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Our betters in the California state legislature have passed a ban on plastic grocery sacks. Signed into law by Governor Brown redux, the law begins to take effect next July.In a state where budget realities force Democrats to choose between boondoggles, this should come as no surprise. As a Californian and grocery shopper, the ban will […]

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Not an article from The Onion: And that’s when I found an excellent paper in the International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment by Namy Espinoza-Orias, Heinz Stichnothe, and Adisa Azapagic, which laid out the carbon footprint for bread, white and wheat, toasted and non-toasted. That paper formed the research basis for the infographic above (although with […]

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I don’t think the Republican brand is much better off than it was a few years ago.  A lot of people are seeing that liberal ideas don’t work so well in real life (Iraq, healthcare, the economy), but they still could not bring themselves to vote for a Republican.  Here are some issue I think […]

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In Sonoma County in Northern California, a plastic bag ban went into effect Monday. My wife and I usually have cloth bags in the car now, but on occasion we forget to bring them into the store. You can, of course, pay in most places for paper or cloth bags. Already seeing people trying to […]

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While we are discussing Big Brother hiding in the bushes with binoculars and the world’s most illegible measuring tape, I’d like to invite Ricochet members to share stories of civilians who did what they could for wildlife or a natural environment without any prodding from government. As many of you already know, I’m a beach […]

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The earth’s natural environment keeps getting better at supporting life, especially human life. Thanks to new technology we are about to make major progress in carbon emissions, medical science and relief for the poor. The progress would be felt first on this continent. Then, once the technology is common and established, it will be practical […]

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Interview: James Delingpole on The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism

 

Since there’s no Ricochet podcast this week, if you missed my interview with Ricochet’s own James Delingpole at PJ Media, perhaps it will make up for the loss, slightly. (And given that it’s Earth Hour or Earth Day, or Earth Week, or some other pagan eco-holiday this week, it’s worth pointing out that my interview with James is much more ecologically friendly than most Ricochet podcasts, as no Blue Yetis were harmed in the making of this podcast.)

As James mentioned during our interview, “I’m not a scientist and actually given what I’ve seen of scientists in my experiences following the global warming scam, I’m glad I’m not a scientist because a lot of these guys are basically shysters and crooks. They’re not some kind of white-coated elite with a special hotline to the truth. In fact, they’re just ordinary guys and girls trying to earn a living like the rest of us but slightly more dodgily than the rest of us in the one or two egregious cases.” And that’s one of the kinder things that the author of The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism:  The Left’s Plan to Frighten Your Kids, Drive Up Energy Costs, and Hike Your Taxes has to say on the subject. He’ll also discuss:

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EPA Tested Deadly Pollutants on Humans

 

To help justify more stringent air regulations, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has conducted numerous dangerous experiments on humans. The Daily Caller has more:

The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.