15 spectacularly stupid predictions from the first
Earth Day

by editor on April 21, 2010

Earth Day fashion

Luckily, we haven't run out of oil, but we have exhausted our supply of 70s fashion

We are just as green as green can be here at IHateTheMedia.com. And to prove it, we’re recycling this story that we ran on Earth Day, 2009. One that goes all the way back to the very first days in the history of Earth Day.

It is our hope that by recycling it here on Earth Day 2010, another polar bear might live.

For the next 24 hours, the media will assault us with tales of imminent disaster that always accompany the annual Earth Day Doom & Gloom Extravaganza.

Ignore them. They’ll be wrong. We’re confident in saying that because they’ve always been wrong. And always will be.

Need proof? Here are some of the hilarious, spectacularly wrong predictions made on the occasion of Earth Day 1970.

“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.”
• Kenneth Watt, ecologist

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
• George Wald, Harvard Biologist

We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.”
• Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” • New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“By…[1975] 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.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”
• Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

“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.”
• Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“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, January 1970

“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Stanford's Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling.

Stanford's Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling

“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“We are prospecting for the very last of our resources and using up the nonrenewable things many times faster than we are finding new ones.”
• Martin Litton, Sierra Club director

“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, Ecologist

“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
• Sen. Gaylord Nelson

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. 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.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Keep these predictions in mind when you hear the same predictions made today. They’ve been making the same predictions for 39 40 years. And they’re going to continue making them until…well…forever.

Here we are, 39 40 years later and the economy sucks, but the ecology’s fine. In fact this planet is doing a lot better than the planet on which those green lunatics live.

You’ll also enjoy (or hate) our article, 25 Global Warming Debunking Videos Al Gore Doesn’t Want You To See.

Source: Reason.com

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A Dude April 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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Mr. poppajoe49,

What? Are you saying that a well connected company would actually try to manipulate public policy to its own benefit while doing harm to the American People? Why that’s Un-American. That’s Crazy Talk! Are you a Socialist? Don’t you Remember? The invisible hand of the market place will protect us from all evil-doers no matter how reckless and irresponsible our company executives are in using their powers of political influence….

poppajoe49 April 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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Amazing what Democrats can get away with!

Mike Russell May 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

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Okay, a little open truth here. . . . I am a developmental neurorobiologist. I work for the government. Anyone who still thinks that the government is working to “save” us from what we’ve done to the environment is just plain nuts. Now I’m no environmental scientist, just a scientist. But I read the articles and have several degrees.
1. They are arrogant to assume that we can control the weather.
2. They are arrogant to assume that living “green” can change the weather.
3. They are arrogant to assume that they can change US.

They are arrogant, period! It is a scocialistic program to determine what you use, what you eat, what you drive and how you live.

We are a very small species that has lived on the surface of a very large place for just a few millenia.

Okay, rant over, just wanted to get that off my chest and let the liberal weenies know that we do have their number (which, BTW is 1-800- BIG LOZR).

Wrusssr April 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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Parts of the earth appear dead from time to time. Think scorched earth . Nevada test sites. Western sheep rancher’s nub-grazed brown pastures. A wildfire’s aftermath. Famines. Mare’s milk all for environmentalists. They squall: “. . . the land’s dying!” Its appearances from time to time makes great fodder for those good old I’m-gonna-destroy-ya-onct-‘n-fer-all teeth-gnashing, knuckle-popping-finger-pointing-table-pounding-vein-pulsing-save-the-land fights between envirocrats and the fallibles. That there’s something people can relate to. The land is. Young people. College crusaders. Rich widows. Vegans. Rich wives married to GWWs (great white whales). Oh, Jesus, don’t let ‘em kill the land! Hate to tell you this, but man ain’t gonna kill the land. Oh, he might starve himself to death or rot his lungs out for a couple or three generations, but he ain’t gonna destroy the land. Not by land time. Bar ditches and old cemeteries tell us this. The ground-zero bamboo they found growing at Nagasaki and Hiroshima tells us this. The foliage we hack through at the Mayan and Aztec ruins tells us this. The weeds and grass shoots we find inching their way through the asphalt and concrete in the abandoned and slum sections of our cities tell us this. Ha! It don’t grow no more in our concrete jungles? Come back in a thousand years. Okay, make it a hundred thousand. Hell, go for a million. One of our fallacies is that we humans measure things by human time and human selves. Another is we think we’re important to the scheme of things. Actually, we’re the universe jesters. Did you know the ancients put up stones along Japan’s northern coasts for hundreds of years that say “. . .don’t build your houses any closer to the sea than this stone?” Fact. But along comes selves with our seawalls and we tell people “. . .you can forget about them stones now.” And we may even irradiate our selves this go-round with our Fukushima toys over on the ‘quake fault. Might affect us. Won’t affect the land. Not by land time. It’ll come back ‘round when the charades are finished. The Army, bless their little OD hearts, had a saying that got right at the heart of this man-land thing — crap in your own mess kit and you’ll wind up having to eat out of it. See, we still can’t fathom our selves, and haven’t progressed one iota emotionally since we emerged from caves. We slay and save, help and hinder, hurt and heal. We’re capable of great things and hideous crimes. We leap and lurch on toward wherever it is we’re going and environmentalists cannot do a damn thing about it. They are an illusion; a lie; another agenda created by the selves. George Carlin said it best:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Miv4NHsDo&feature=player_embedded

jennifer June 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

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i don’t buy into some one’s self induced delusion i don’t i never have and i probably never will i will most likely never see the eventual demise of this so called planet so why worry about it why get so upset and doom’s day prep for an event that will most likely never happen it’s like this whole end of the world thing is spiraling out of control don’t facilitate some one’s grandiose idea’s along with his self imposed will over you do what a mate of mine did one day some fat fuck was going on on and on about how he’s prepared for the end of the world he told him i don’t give a fuck and he walked away that guy was shaking it’s this if you hate life so much take your self out leave us the rest of this shit society alone bye

FormerlyDeanH June 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

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That is really hard to read. Buy a punctuation mark, a period perhaps? An uppercase I would serve to reduce your obvious disregard for yourself. Last thing, mostly because this is as far as it could be read, what do you mean by ‘this so called planet’? Do you have some doubt that you are on a planet?

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