So, yesterday was Earth Day. No, this won’t be a post celebrating it. I’m a pro-fossil fuel kind-of-guy. I don’t like driving SUVs or Ford pickup trucks, but this is America; buy what you want and when you want it. We’re the Saudi Arabia of coal. We have solid natural gas reserves.
Drill, baby, drill!
And yet, the urban elites, the liberals, the Democrats—all of these people want us to move away from the very energy sources that have made us the most vibrant and powerful economy in the world in ten years because…we’re all going to die if we don’t. Oh yes, it’s global warming hysteria part CXXIV. This is where some over-educated and condescending liberal snob decided to lecture the rest of us that we must sacrifice hundreds of billion, if not trillions, of dollars to reduce global temperatures or we’ll all perish. Time is running out, they said. Right now, the arbitrary timeline is 21 years. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has the solution for the Democrats: The Green New Deal. Also known as complete and total economic death. Nothing is safe. Buildings that cannot be retrofitted for energy efficiency requirements have to be destroyed, farting cows must die, and the internal combustible engine has to go. It’s a return to caveman times, folks—because the same clowns who said that global cooling will doom us all in the 1970s said so. Yeah, you can all shove it.
This green warrior nonsense makes me want to buy all the aerosolized products at my local Walmart and just spray it intentionally into the air. Call me nuts, but I still think the jury is out. In 2007, the experts said the Arctic ice cap would be gone by 2013. It ended up growing by 533,000square miles. In 2013, we had the calmest hurricane season in thirty years and the quietest tornado season in six decades. It seems like, I d don’t know, that there’s a natural cycle to this. It gets hot in the summer. Hurricanes form during…hurricane season; the same with tornados, and the seasons’ intensity varies. It’s not because of global warming. Oh, and the EPA buries this, but we’re at our most industrialized state ever; air quality couldn’t be better.
Ever since this blasted Earth Day was created in 1970, the green warriors have predicted catastrophe. And they were all totally and utterly wrong. Here are some of their biggest whoppers, courtesy of the American Enterprise Institute who doled out 18 of their biggest flops since 1970. You can about the rest in the link. The Day After Tomorrow is more...two days before the day after tomorrow (via AEI) [emphasis mine]:
Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
“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.
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.”
“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 issue of 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.”
“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… 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.”
Ehrlich sketched out his most alarmist scenario for the 1970 Earth Day issue of The Progressive, assuring readers that between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.”
“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” declared Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.
Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, wrote in 1970, “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
Paul Ehrlich chimed in, predicting in 1970 that “air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” Ehrlich sketched a scenario in which 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during “smog disasters” in New York and Los Angeles.
Ecologist Kenneth Watt declared, “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 warned about a pending Ice Age in a speech. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years,” he declared. “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
Yeah, we still have crude oil, 65 million Americans didn’t die, let alone 4 billion people, and 15-30 years have passed. We’re still here. Now, I’m hearing we're actually going to be done for in the next 12 years? Sorry, you guys were wrong then, and you’re probably wrong now. Science isn’t settled. It changes. Case in point, all of these predictions were trash. So, excuse me while I enjoy filling my car up with gas, none of this electric car garbage, to get to work. Generations of Americans and scores of rural communities are dependent on the fossil fuel economy. The coal mining community has already suffered enough damage thanks to Obama’s war on coal. It very well could be irreparable damage. I will not join the self-righteous and hypocritical crusade that is destined to wreck the economy and force millions of Americans families into poverty because some liberals don’t like how some people make a living and support their families.
Learn to code, they say. I could say something much stronger in response to liberal America, but I’ll probably mention it on today’s podcast. For now, I think ‘go to hell’ is an appropriate response. That’s the Left for you. They will wreck your world to force you all to assimilate to their politically correct, intersectional hellhole worldview. It’s authoritarian. It’s idiotic. It’s not American. You can think these things of course without fear of some black bag being pulled over your head. But again, I’ll let you whine and then politely tell you to go screw yourself, which will then send you into a frothing spaz attack in my, and others, not kowtowing and jumping onboard to this Willy Wonka riverboat of horrors. In the meantime, at least some coal mining families can put food on the table while the Left figures out how to self-medicate over the fact that Donald Trump is still president.