I would like to state for the record that I favor clean air and water as much as any “environmentalist.” But that is where we mostly part company.
We just endured another Earth Day. Earth Day started in 1970. I applaud the fact that from 1970 to 2015, aggregate national emissions of the six common air pollutants dropped an average of 70 percent. This progress reflects efforts by state, local governments; (and, yes) the EPA before it went off the rails; private sector companies; environmental groups and others, including me.
[Source: Environmentalists Are Dead Wrong, by Walter E. Williams; Seven big failed environmentalist predictions, by Robert Tracinski]
But “Earth Day” has been more about trying to terrify Americans than clean air and water. Let’s take a walk down the memory lane of Earth Day Doom and see where are today.
- First Earth Day in 1970: George Wald, a Nobel laureate biology professor at Harvard University, predicted, “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” So for the past 17 years there has been NO CIVILIZATION. Better inform your employer.
- Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University professor and best-selling author of “The Population Bomb,” declared that “the world’s population will soon outstrip food supplies… The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years… If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” (Guess they didn’t need Brexit after all. They were all dead. And, by the by, malnutrition has decreased EVERYWHERE since 1900 – first figure. And, with regard to population and how the world is “doing” – second figure – RF.)
- Of course, for those that enjoyed yesterday’s post, I should have started with the “climate change” catastrophe the environmentalists were all warning about: global cooling and a descent into a new ice age.
- 1972: The environmental movement waged war against DDT and succeeded. Despite this statement by the National Academy of Sciences summarizing the efficacy of DDT: “To (virtually no other chemical) does man owe as great a debt as to DDT. It is estimated that, in little more than two decades DDT has prevented 500 million human deaths, due to malaria, that would otherwise have been inevitable (that’s the equivalent of the entire population of Africa – RF),” the environmental movement got DDT banned in 1972. Sixty million people have died needlessly of malaria since the imposition of the ban on DDT, and hundreds of millions more have suffered from this debilitating disease.
- Prediction from the early 1970s – “In 10 years, all important animal life in the sea will be extinct.” (Better eat that surf and turf dinner soon – RF.)
- 1975: Nigel Calder warned, “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.” (Someone should tell Kim Jung-un to build big air-conditioners instead of nuclear weapons – RF.)
- 2000: Climate researcher David Viner told us that within “a few years,” snowfall in England would become “a very rare and exciting event.”
- Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, told us (more than 25 years ago) that in 25 years, “somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” (Too bad mosquitos didn’t listen. And seriously, did Noah really need to bring those two mosquitos on board – RF!)
- Kenneth Watt predicted: “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.” Better by that Volt that President Obama wanted you to buy! (And in a million years you will never guess which president increased funding to extract oil from shale in order to increase crude oil production – Jimmy Carter. Told you you’d never guess – RF.)
My friends, seriously… these people need to get back to clean air and water. Eighteen million Americans live in communities where the water systems are in violation of the Clean Water Act. And guess what? This article was published when Barack Hussein Obama had been president for 9 years.