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A failure of vision

They’ve never been right yet. About anything.

To celebrate Earth Day, let’s review predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day celebration in 1970:

  1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “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,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.
  3. The day after the first Earth Day, the New York Times editorial page warned, “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”
  4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
  5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe! “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.”

Always the same hysteria, always the same contrived sense of urgency (“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” from number 7 in the list), always the same “solution”: more government, less freedom; more socialism, less capitalism. Funny how that works, innit? Lots more here–and even this is only a drop in the bucket from the bottomless well of lies these transparent tools have drawn from to stampede us ever Leftward.

(Via Maet)

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