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Funny, disastrously wrong environmentalist doom and gloom predictions April 23, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.

I like these from Catholic Vote:

“…civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.-Biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970.  [thank God he didn’t exaggerate any]

By 1995, “…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” -Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970.  [I particularly miss all the dogs]

Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor “…the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” –Newsweek magazine, January 26, 1970.

The world will be “…eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”Kenneth Watt, speaking at Swarthmore University, April 19, 1970.

“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” –Biologist Barry Commoner, University of Washington, writing in the journal Environment, April 1970.

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from the intolerable deteriorations [sic] and possible extinction.” –The New York Times editorial, April 20, 1970.

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.” –Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970.  [Ahhh….Erlich……THE prophet of population doom.  He has always been wrong, but in spite of that, incredibly successful in convincing one country after another into veritably sterilizing, aborting, and contracepting itself out of existence (if present trends hold)]

“…air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” –Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970. (Ehrlich also predicted that in 1973, 200,000 Americans would die from air pollution, and that by 1980 the life expectancy of Americans would be 42 years.)

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” –Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970.

By the year 2000…the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America and Australia, will be in famine.” –Peter Gunter, North Texas State University, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970

Thank God, none of the above happened. I have some disagreements with a certain group of traditional-type Catholics who think that modern farming techniques are environmentally rapacious and completely ineffective.  They reject the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, better seed types, and all the rest.  But if it weren’t for those improvements, there would have been much more starvation – perhaps even starvation on a scale that Erlich prophesized – over the past 30-40 years as the world population exploded.  The fact that the starvation didn’t occur is a testament to the kind of “miracles” that can happen whem man is free to apply his work and his ingenuity, given by God, to improve his lot and that of others – free from utopian central “planners” of the environmentalist sort.

To further understand how environmental zealouts view their fellow man, this cartoon may be helpful:


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