Thursday, April 26

Mainstream media, academics and Leftists: You can trust us. Really! Cuz...

Next time some moron starts screaming at you about how "climate change" (formerly "global warming" but now cunningly renamed by the Left to con the morons) is fatally changing Earth's climate--and insists that it's mainly your fault for driving so much, and demanding that you do penance for your sin by switching to a tiny electric car, ask 'em to take the following short test:

Around 1970, lots of really REALLY smaht folks--well, lots of magazine editors and network producers and an occasional economist and author--began warning us that the entire human race was facing DOOM! in just a few years, due to pollution.  Or massive, worldwide famine.  Or destruction of almost all rainforest worldwide.  Or capitalism.  Or eeeevil corporations.  Or the eeevil U.S. military (though oddly, no other military--always our fault). 

Oh, and that in just a few years the world would run out of every crucial metal.  Air pollution would reduce the amount of sunlight by half.  Hundreds of millions of people were certain to die in smog emergencies.  And...well, you get the idea.

So here's the test:  Below are about 17 apocalyptic predictions.  Some were actually made by the moonbat "savants" and editors and "elites" of the 1970's, and some are outrageous fakes. See if you and your friends (or targets) can tell which were really made.

1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

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,”

3. “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.”

4. “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.”

5. Between 1980 and 1989 some 4 billion people-- including 65 million Americans-- would perish in a “Great Die-Off.”

6.. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,”

7. “Demographers agree almost unanimously [that] 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... South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”

8.“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….”

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.”

10. Decaying organic pollutants will use up all of the oxygen in America’s rivers, causing freshwater fish to suffocate.

11. “air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.”  Predicted 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during “smog disasters” in New York and Los Angeles.

12. DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons “may have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945.” "Americans born since 1946…now have a life expectancy of only 49 years, and if current patterns continue, life expectancy will fall to just 42 years by 1980.  (As most of you probably know--unless you're a snowflake moonbat--average life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years.  Higher for women.)

13. “By the year 2000, if present trends continue...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.’”

14. , published a chart in that looked at metal reserves and estimated the humanity would totally run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold, and silver would be gone before 1990.

15. “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.”

16. "More than nine-tenths of the original tropical rainforests will be removed" by 2005.

17. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years.  If present trends continue the world will be about four degrees colder..by 1990, and eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice [the cooling needed] to put us into an ice age.”

18.  "All scientists agree that the Earth's climate is warming at a dangerous rate.  All computer models show conclusively that the Earth will warm so much over the next century that much of the polar icecaps will melt, raising sea level by as much as 20 feet.  So all coastal cities will be underwater, killing millions.  Thousands of animal species will die due to loss of habitat.  The cause of all this is carbon dioxide, produced by the burning of fossil fuels, mainly by Americans.

Ok, campers!  Scroll down to learn which quotes were real.

But first let's compare the DOOM predictions of the 1970's with what you're hearing today--from virtually every Lying Mainstream Media organ--about global, um..."climate change."  See any similarities to the quotes above?  Sure.  Back then "all scientists," and the editors of Scientific American and Life and Time and Look and the producers of NBCABCCBSPBS "news" assured us DOOM was just a decade away.

Their claims were essentially an "argument by authority:"  'We're smarter and better educated than you, so you can trust us.  The "in-crowd" believes us, and you want to be "in," right?  Your friends trust us, and you trust their judgment, right?'

All the doom-sayers were spectacularly wrong then, but they want you to believe them now when they tell you global warming--wait, climate change, is real. 

And if you don't believe 'em, when life on earth is killed off due to climate change it'll be your fault.
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Answers:  All the quotes were real.
1.  Prediction by Harvard biologist George Wald
2.  Washington University professor Barry Commoner, in the Earth Day issue of "Environment."
3.  Paul Ehrlich, in the April 1970 issue of Mademoiselle.
4.  Paul Ehrlich, in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe!"
5.  Ehrlich, in the 1970 Earth Day issue of The Progressive (ah, so-called "progressives"!)
6.  Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.
7.  Peter Gunter, a professor at North Texas State University, in 1970.
8.  Life magazine, January 1970
9.  Ecologist Kenneth Watt, reported by Time magazine
10.  Barry Commoner
11.  Paul Ehrlich, 1970
12.  Paul Ehrlich, in the May 1970 issue of Audubon magazine
13.  Ecologist Kenneth Watt
14.  Harrison Brown, a scientist at the National Academy of Science, in Scientific American
15.  U.S. senator Gaylord Nelson, published in then-national magazine Look (now defunct)
16.  Paul Ehrlich, 1975
17.  Kenneth Watt
18.  The entire mainstream media, thousands of times.

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