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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Earth Day"

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Vera
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Vera
April 22, 2010 5:40 pm

Um, does it occur to you that the immediate impact of these dire predictions was successfully motivating people to keep them from coming true? Compare photos of air pollution in the L.A. Basin from 1955 and 1970 to those from 1985 and 1990. The difference after emissions regulations were passed is pretty unbelievable.

Ridiculing these predictions for not coming true is like ridiculing the creation of the Department of Homeland Security because no major domestic terrorist attacks have happened.

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C_Strasburger
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C_Strasburger
April 22, 2010 4:37 pm

No, knowless, factually, they are NOT true….. There is more oil in the green river basin alone than in the entire middle east…. There is more natural gas off the coast of Whachnutfornia than anywhere in the world…..those are the facts…..the debate IS over….. Gore is a liar, our president is a moron, the majority of our congress IS incompetent…here are some more facts….get over yourself….

BTW, I have EVERY SINGLE LIGHT in my house is on right now….and it is a BIG house….and they will continue to be until midnight….

surrounded by fools
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surrounded by fools
April 22, 2010 5:47 pm

that’s right, our planet’s doing great, you’re not affecting it one bit… all them earthquakes and volcanoes eruptin’ are cuz jeeesssuuuusss is comin’ back!

by the way, for hating the media, you guys sure do buy into a lot of it…

C_Strasburger
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C_Strasburger
April 23, 2010 4:25 am

Soooo, little foolish one, are you saying the volcano’s are erupting, and earthquakes are happening BECAUSE of “global warming/climate change, etc? LOL….

Dude, put down thekool-aid and slowly back away….and do yourself a favor, next time there is a mythical goreism or mannism on tv or in the theaters….don’t watch and don’t go!

And for clarity…we only buy into the truth….something you apparently have issue with….but then, that is typical of liberals….there is nothing truthful about liberalism….everything about it is a lie….why don’t you do some meaningful research…and I don’t mean mslsd or whitehouse.gov… They see you coming…

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49
April 23, 2010 5:31 am

Oh come on Charles, everyone knows that the earthquakes and hurricanes are all coming from the top secret machine that George W Bush has in his basement in Crawford!
That is how he is going to rule the world!

C_Strasburger
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C_Strasburger
April 22, 2010 5:58 pm

See the post to Vera….it directly applies…

You know, there is an old adage you might want to think about…. “better to keep your mouth shut and be thought an idiot…than to open it and remove all doubt…”…..

Love to have a long debate with you Fool, but being a scientist and engineer, I doubt you want to go there with me….

Johnny
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Johnny
April 22, 2010 2:45 pm

I celebrated “Earth Day” by cleaning up around the yard. Had that gasoline powered 2 cycle chainsaw buzzing away. Loaded the lawn trailer with the cut tree limbs and towed it to the composting area with my 21hp gasoline engine powered lawn mower. Drove my car to the hardware saw for a new set of pruning shears. Got home and mowed the lawn. Even trimmed it with the gasoline powered weed whacker. Started up the gasoline engine for my boat for the first time this year. Boating season is coming. Time to rest….
I hear other lawnmowers running in the neighborhood. Guess the Earth Day Global Warming Ghost Hunters haven’t visited a “real” neighborhood with real people.

Ruben
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Ruben
April 22, 2010 1:40 pm

“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

“In a decade” huh?

Well, I remember 1980 very well and cannot recall urbanites wearing gas masks… except near a Jimmy Carter re-election campaign event. Also, the only reason 1985 was a dark year was due to the release of David Lee Roth’s “Eat ’em and Smile” album.

KimmyQueen
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KimmyQueen
April 22, 2010 11:42 am

All that comes to my mind when I see that pic of the guys with 70’s fashion is: “Macho, macho man… I wanna be a macho man…”

Joe
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Joe
April 22, 2010 11:14 am

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”

Instead we have mass obesity.

rs
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April 22, 2010 9:55 am

What, no predictions by Al Bore?

HeatherRadish
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April 22, 2010 9:38 am

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”

Ironically, the whole biofuel (burning food for energy) fad caused some starvation in 2008–food riots, people in Haiti forced to eat dirt, etc. But mass die-offs of poor brown people fits in with the goals of the ecofascists, so…

Larry
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Larry
April 22, 2010 9:14 am

Here’s a little video I made in honor of this year’s Earth Day. It should make Al Gore shiver a bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw-13dlt7XM

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poppajoe49
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poppajoe49
April 22, 2010 5:19 am

I’m pretty sure there will be selective repeating of these points.
I doubt the global warming (sic) guru’s will allow the panic statements about global cooling and an ice age, to be repeated today!

I just love scientists, they have a way of making every stupid statement sound so important. 😉

Alan
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Alan
April 21, 2010 8:32 pm

I particularly like those 70’s scientists who had “solid experimental and theoretical evidence” to back up their claims of gloom and doom. Sounds so familiar!

Viva El Renaldo
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Viva El Renaldo
April 21, 2010 8:17 pm

Maybe I’ve been a fan too long but ain’t this a repeat from last year???

Nevertheless, youse guys are still da man!

Keep up the great work

Pittsburgh Z
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Pittsburgh Z
April 21, 2010 6:16 pm

i want me one of those fly hats.

i wonder if i, a blonde haired blue eyed guy, can pull that off

C_Strasburger
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C_Strasburger
April 21, 2010 5:56 pm

What’s really spectacularly sad, and I think saddest of all, is the spectacularly stupid people that continue to buy into this garbage….

Could there be anything, anything at all, more sad?

Dee Mac
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Dee Mac
April 21, 2010 5:25 pm

Well I for one am glad that the dire predictions of the past did not come true. Had they, we would not get to dig the righteous threads worn by the bros above.

CO2Insanity
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April 21, 2010 5:25 pm

Here’s a whole website full of them. Laugh on! http://bit.ly/cMoi3a

knowless
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knowless
April 22, 2010 4:12 pm

the comments on air pollution killing people, extinction rates, and depletion of oil reserves are all true… but do to factors outside of the original contributors knowledge, the rate at which some of things took place changed…

it could easily be argued that putting light on the issue caused people to resonsider how they engineer, work, and live on the earth… none of these claims are truly outlandish if you educate yourself on how society has changed since 1970

Ray_Cathode
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Ray_Cathode
May 16, 2010 4:15 pm

“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….”

Excuse me, but aren’t these the same guys that were screaming about the ozone layer and we should watch out for sunburns? I live in a city and no-one wears gas maskes – presumably, they are all alive. The amount of sunlight reaching the earth is unaffected and apparently is a problem that results in global warming. The comment re extinction rates, ie 75% of species should have gone by now – not happening. Depletion of oil reserves has been prdeicted for 50 years, and oiul reserves are still growing. All of the claims are outlandish, and most of the changes since 1970, ie population growth should have increased all of the predicted effects and should have caused them to show up much earlier – if the theories were true. But they aren’t true. The claims are made entirely for political reasons.

The triumph of the ecological movement is Rachel Carson’s silent spring that resulted in almost a hundred million unneccessary malarial deaths due to the banning of a harmless pesticide – DDT. Everything in her book from beginning to end was false, made up, never happened, exagerrated, urban legend, myth, unproven, deliberate lie, etc.

Paul
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Paul
April 26, 2010 6:04 am

baloney

Kip Hooker
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April 22, 2010 4:27 pm

No way dude, its the tin foil hats man. That is what has kept the oil companies from carrying out their nefarious plot to destroy the world and move us all to their private salt mines on Venus. That and the wheat germ. Read all about it in the latest issue of the Protocols of the Elders of Exxon. Spread the word!

Chuck
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Chuck
April 23, 2010 4:41 pm

Kip Hooker, you are right. I saw “Total Recall” and it was a more palatable Hollywood version of exactly the scheme you just described.

JJJRO
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JJJRO
April 22, 2010 4:26 pm

I think your name says it all…

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