Here Are 10 Other Times Liberals Got Environmental Predictions Wrong.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace embarrassed former Vice President Al Gore this weekend, confronting him on-air with his 2006 prediction that the Earth had only 10 years to live.
“Unless we take drastic measures the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years,” Gore said in 2006 of supposed “man-made global warming.”
Wallace confronted him with that prediction and asked him to explain, given the lack of drastic action, where were all the deaths.
“Well we have seen a decline in emissions on a global basis,” Gore claimed. “For the first time they’ve stabilized and started to decline. So, some of the responses for the last 10 years have helped, but unfortunately and regrettably a lot of serious damage has been done.”
Many environmentalists dispute Gore’s sudden claim that greenhouse gas emissions are declining, and Gore failed to credit fracking for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
But Al Gore’s not the only liberal to use environmental terror claims to push socialism. Here are 10 of the most hilariously failed liberal predictions about the environment.
#10: “Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian (Institution), believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
– Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., “Look” magazine 1970.
(Nelson, Ripley and Look are no longer with us. The animals are still here.)
#9: “The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s, the world will undergo famines. Hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. Population control is the only answer.”
– Paul Ehrlich, “The Population Bomb” 1968
#8: “The continued rapid cooling of the earth since WWII is in accord with the increase in global air pollution associated with industrialization, mechanization, urbanization and exploding population.”
– Reid Bryson, “Global Ecology; Readings towards a rational strategy for Man”1971
#7: “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
#6: “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 air pollution and global cooling, speaking at the first Earth Day, 1970
#5: “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, speaking at the first Earth Day, 1970
#4: “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.’”
– Kenneth Watt, 1970
#3: “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….”
– Life magazine, declaring the science settled, January 1970
#2: “The entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in five years.”
– Al Gore in 2008
#1: “The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it…Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects… scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies. The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.”
– Newsweek, April 28, 1975, declaring the science settled and predicting mass deaths – from man-made global cooling.
But environmentalists don’t always lie.
Here are two times they told the truth:
“We’ve got to … try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong … we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”
– Sen. Tim Wirth, D-CO
“We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. … Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”
– Environmentalist Stephen Schneider, Discover magazine, 1989