When it comes to ‘the end is here’ craziness, no one beats enviros

‘Gang Greens’ Doomsday prophets are even nuttier
When it comes to ‘the end is here’ craziness, environmentalists top Harold Camping

WASHINGTON – On the day radio broadcaster Harold Camping wrongly predicted marks the beginning of the end of the world, the nation’s largest grassroots advocate of rational environmental policy reminded Americans Saturday that “Doomsday prophets” like Camping have nothing on leading environmentalists when it comes to completely phony predictions of planetary doom.

“If you want predictions of global doom as hateful as they are phony no one beats the environmentalist movement,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.  “Blinded by a burning hatred of technology, science and mankind itself, environmentalists routinely turn their fantasies of wiping out humanity into phony ‘predictions’ the world will end unless they are handed government power. They hope these scare tactics will terrorize citizens and lawmakers into adopting their hateful, unscientific agenda.”

“The environmentalist movement will be wiped out long before the Earth will,” said Ferguson.  “Public support for the environmentalist movement continues to plummet, and their decades-long record of phony ‘predictions’ about climate have much to do with their continuing marginalization.”

Long before Camping was predicting the End Times would begin May 21, leading environmentalists were embarrassing themselves with crazy predictions like:

“This cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If it continues and no strong action is taken, it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000.” – Lowell Ponte “The Cooling”, 1976 (1)

“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970′s and 1980′s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”
- Paul Ehrlich, “The Population Bomb” (2)

“I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” – Paul Ehrlich, 1969 (3)

“There are ominous signs that the earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for just about every nation on earth. The drop in food production could begin quite soon… The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it”. – Peter Gwynne, Newsweek, April 28, 1975 (4)

“This (cooling) trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.” – Peter Gwynne, Newsweek 1976 (5)

“Hundreds of millions of people will soon perish in smog disasters in New York and Los Angeles…the oceans will die of DDT poisoning by 1979…the U.S. life expectancy will drop to 42 years by 1980 due to cancer epidemics.” – Paul Ehrlich, Ramparts (6)

“In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.” – Paul Ehrlich on Earth Day, 1970 (7)

“If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder by the year 2000…This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age.” – Kenneth E.F. Watt on Earth Day, 1970 (8)

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” – George Wald, Harvard Biologist, on Earth Day, 1970 (9)

“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, Mademoiselle, April 1970 (10)

“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, Ramparts (11)

“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, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970 (12)

“This vast tragedy, however, is nothing compared to the nutritional disaster that seems likely to overtake humanity in the 1970s (or, at the latest, the 1980s) … A situation has been created that could lead to a billion or more people starving to death.” – Paul Ehrlich, “The End of Affluence” (13)

1) http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/ponte.html
2) http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/5.02/ffsimon_pr.html
3) http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/5.02/ffsimon_pr.html
4) http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/misc-non-science.html
5) http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/misc-non-science.html
6) http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=19373
7) http://goo.gl/WBYso
8) http://goo.gl/eJwAb
9) http://reason.com/archives/2000/05/01/earth-day-then-and-now
10) http://reason.com/archives/2000/05/01/earth-day-then-and-now
11) http://reason.com/archives/2000/05/01/earth-day-then-and-now
12) http://reason.com/archives/2000/05/01/earth-day-then-and-now
13) http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/progress/quotes.html

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