Jarrett Stepman recently penned a great piece revealing the five most hysterical environmentalist claims about globaloney climate change.
In his March 11 article, Stepman notes that the biggest target of these enviro-nuts are our children.
“Perhaps children and young Americans are more likely to buy into the extreme environmentalist doomsaying due to the fact that they weren’t around for the laughably wrong predictions of the past that never came true,” he said.
Stepman went on to say that nearly every big prediction made by the environmentalists ends up being proven wrong. Remember in the 60s and 70s when enviros were all worried about overpopulation?
The continued to layout five of the worst clams (I summarize, he has far more at his article):
1. Population Bomb to Cause Global Famine by 2000
The first Earth Day, in 1970, was filled with hyperbole and exaggerations about mankind’s future. Much of the craziness was unearthed in a remarkable expose in 2000 by Reason contributor Ronald Bailey.
One of the most common ideas, in a throwback to Malthus, was that the global food supply simply couldn’t keep up with population growth.
Stepman adds that the left claimed that the planet could not feed the people of the world. But this has failed to come to pass. Indeed, global hunger has been declining.
2. Air Pollution Will Be So Bad That City Dwellers Will Have to Wear Gas Masks
“Another grand prediction at Earth Day 1970 (it was full of doozies) was that the air pollution problem common to many American cities would continue to get exponentially worse without widespread government control of the American way of life,” Stepman wrote.
This didn’t happen, in part due to federal, state, and local restrictions on emissions. But it had much more to do with the general societal response to the problem.
Wealthier, more prosperous societies simply have more means and more of an inclination to make trade-offs to enjoy cleaner air. Free societies such as the United States found ways to reduce pollutants as a means to improve quality of life.
3. Entire Nations Could Be Wiped Out by 1999
“A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.,” the AP reported years ago.
Well, we know that didn’t happen.
4. Ice Caps Will Melt Away
“Predictions about the polar ice caps melting have been common. Dramatic pictures of polar bears floating on tiny icebergs have been some of the iconic images of the climate change movement,” Stepman wrote.
Not only have the ice caps survived these predictions of doom, but they have occasionally grown in size. Between 2012 and 2016, Arctic ice increased from an average of 2.2 million square miles to 3.3 million square miles, according to The Telegraph.
5. The Coming Ice Age
In 1958, Betty Friedan, one of the leading thinkers of radical, modern feminism, wrote an article in Harper’s magazine describing the “coming ice age.”
It seems the mixing of climate science and radical left-wing politics is nothing new.
Stepman notes: “Needless to say, despite the chilly winter, the ice caps are still with us and the new ice age hasn’t come.”
Stepman concludes saying, “If there’s a lesson to be learned from all of these predictions, it’s not that scientists are always wrong or that we shouldn’t be good stewards of the environment. Instead, we should treat extreme predictions with skepticism, especially if they mean upending our way of life.”
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