Earth Day, 1970

Posted: April 24, 2009 in global warming
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The very first Earth Day. What were the predictions being made then? I’ve heard all kinds of claims, but since I wasn’t there I didn’t know what was true. TheN I came across this story from MSNBC (so I knew it had to be true). I was actually proud of them for posting this story, not something I’m used to saying about them.

They thought the global mean temperature would be 11 degrees colder by the year 2,000, which would be enough to put us into another Ice Age. Sounds like crazy talks to us almost forty years later, but they were serious about it. Kind of like today’s global warming alarmists.

  • Harvard biologist George Wald believed that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
  • 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.”

Now we have people like Al Gore saying we’re gonna drown because the polar ice caps are melting and the ozone hole is getting bigger. Why do we listen to alarmists? The information is out there for everyone to find if you’re willing. From crackpot theories to expert testimony, you can find whatever you want to know about.

And, just so you know, the only reason I posted the link to the MSNBC story instead of Fox News or Glenn Beck is because no one believes it if it comes from a conservative source, it’s just right wing propaganda. So I picked a liberal, or progressive, “news” source. So now it must be true.

  1. kauli says:

    Nice to see you around here! 🙂 The Koshland Science Museum has some good information on global warming. I use some of it with my students.

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