Enviro-chondriacs around the world have spent at least the last forty years in some manner of hysteria or another concerning their favorite crisis du jour.
None of them has science as its basis, mind you, but rather a hidden, almost religious zeal for calamity.
The top three of those crisis — which never materialized — were these.
First, in 1970 biologist George Wald predicted the end of humanity in 30 years.
Second, biologist Barry Commoner predicted the end of the world due to environmental crisis.
And three, the NYT predicted in the same year the extinction of humanity if we don’t curb pollution.
And remember the ozone hole? Yep, gone.
Antarctic ice melting? Yeah, it’s growing.
Here’s more from Redstate…
Earth Day was this past weekend and in case you haven’t yet been properly indoctrinated into the Cult of Climate fear yet just know that Earth Day is the day we all acknowledge our collective guilt in shamelessly stealing the earth’s resources for things like heat, fresh water, and sanitation. Some people chose to celebrate the day by picking trash on the beach or the highways. Others paid penance to Mother Gaia by flogging themselves with 100% humanely harvested, non-GMO, fair trade, gluten free, vegan, fair trade bamboo sticks (all proceeds from bamboo sales go to Planned Parenthood and the Trans-genderLGBTQYKDLJ Alliance for a Better, Cis-free World).
Okay, only one of those things is true. However, AEI decided to mark the day with a fantastic blog post outlining the top doomsday predictions for the planet made around the time of first Earth Day in 1970 – mass starvation, overpopulation, and oil shortages, OH MY!!! Take a trip down memory lane, and don’t forget your kevlar umbrella to protect against acid rain and your kayak to navigate the rising sea levels.
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.”