Earth Day has lost its bloom, no pun intended. After 40+ years of warnings of imminent cataclysm the one thing we know for sure is that we're still here and going strong. In fact, by most measures the world is in better shape today than at any time in history. But environmentalism has become a very big industry, giving rise to a whole new cadre of preachy, self-righteous millionaires who rely on pseudo-science or jerryrigged statistics to scare a population into an agenda that is purely "progressive".
Jon Gabriel offers a shocking indictment of these enviro-tyrants in their own words in his article The 13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day 1970.
A few examples:
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
“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
“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
“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
If nothing else, these professional doomsday prophets have lost any right to expect the benefit of the doubt.