50 years of doomsday climate-change predictions that didn’t come true

Yesterday, Sept. 20, 2019, was Friday, a school day. But countless young people in the U.S. and across the world skipped school to protest in a global “climate strike”.

In the “woke” San Francisco Bay Area, school children skipped school to protest about climate change, putting pressure on politicians and corporations they say are contributing to an environmental crisis.

As reported by Berkeleyside, one of the protesters, Berkeley High junior Adrienne Mermin, 16, described climate change as apocalyptic. She warned: “There’s a deadline on our existence and a deadline on when we can reverse this. When climate change and climate justice was connected to environmental racism, it became more than just ‘the ice caps are melting,’ and more ‘this affects all of us, and every single one of us can help stop this.’”

Mermin was echoing the doomsday warnings of adults like Al Gore, who predicted the North Pole would be ice-free by 2016; Prince Charles, who said in 2009 that because of capitalism and consumerism, we had just 96 months or 8 years, i.e., until 2017, to save the world; and more recently Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who proclaimed Miami would disappear in “a few years” due to climate change.

Writing for the Competitive Enterprise Institute on Sept. 18, 2019, Myron Ebell and Steven J. Milloy remind us that Gore, Chucky and AOC are just the latest instances of doomsayers who have been predicting climate and environmental disaster since the 1960s. Like Gore, et al., the makers of these apocalyptic predictions often are individuals holding respected positions in government and science. The problem is this: “None of the apocalyptic predictions with due dates as of today have come true,” and the media won’t report on the failed predictions.

What follows is a collection of apocalyptic climate predictions from notable people in government and science:

  1. In 1967, Stanford University “population biologist” Paul Ehrlich said that because of unrestrained population growth, “the time of famines” was already upon us and would be at its worst and most disastrous by 1975. (Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 17, 1967, p. 9)
  2. Two years later in 1969, Ehrlich warned that “by the time we have enough evidence to convince people” about the world’s runaway population growth, a limited food supply, and man’s contamination of the environment, “you’re dead” because “everybody will disappear in a cloud of blue stream in 20 years” — i.e., by 1989. (New York Times, August 10, 1969)
  3. A year later in 1970, Ehrlich once again sounded a doomsday warning that “the oceans would be as dead as Lake Erie in less than a decade,” and that America would have water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980. (Redlands Daily Facts, October 6, 1970)
  4.  In 1970, James P. Lodge Jr., a scientist at the national center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, predicted that air pollution would obliterate the sun and cause a new ice age in the first third of the 21st century, and that if the current rate of increase in electric power generation continued, the demands for cooling water would “boil dry the entire flow of the rivers and streams of continental United States.” (Boston Globe, April 16, 1970)
  5. In 1971, Dr. S. I. Rasool of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Columbia University, predicted that “in the next 50 years, i.e., by 2021, the fine dust we put into the atmosphere by fossil-fuel burning could screen out so much sunlight that the average temperature could drop by six degrees. (Washington Post, July 9, 1971)
  6. In 1972, R. K. Matthews, chairman of Brown University’s Department of Geological Sciences, wrote in a letter to President Richard Nixon that “a global deterioration of climate, by order of magnitude larger than any hitherto experienced by civilized mankind, is a very real possibility and indeed may be due very soon.” (NOAA, October 2015)
  7. In 1974, “preliminary analysis” of space satellites conducted by European climatologists George and Helena Kukla showed that the world had plunged into a new ice age, with snow and ice cover of the earth having increased by as much as 12% in just five years, from 1967 to 1972. (The Guardian, January 29, 1974)
  8. In 1974, “a growing number of scientists” found that the earth’s atmosphere had been gradually cooling for the last three decades. “Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F.” and “The telltale signs are everywhere — from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest”. (TIME, June 24, 1974)

Go to Competitive Enterprise Institute for 18 more apocalyptic climate-change predictions that didn’t come true, one of which is this doozy:

In February 2004, a secret Pentagon report that was “suppressed by U.S. defence chief” but “obtained” by the UK’s The Observer, warned that because of climate change, Britain would be “plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020,” as “nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting” would erupt across the world. (The Guardian, February 21, 2004)

H/t California Political Review

~Eowyn

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William
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We can forgive the kids for buying into this crap, they have no before/after perspective, no historical context, and they are relentlessly, unremittingly brainwashed. But the adults, the ‘climate scientists” know better. Climate alarmism is all about reducing Western (China and India continue to build hundreds of new coal-fired electric power plants) Civilization to stone age status and culling the population. The “Green New deal”, if enacted, would be truly apocalyptic. ALL of their predictions have been completely wrong. Undaunted, they just kick them down the road 10-20 years to get the next generation on board. Global climate is stable,… Read more »

William
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One of the recent predictions of the alarmistas may actually be accurate for once. They say that spiders in “storm-prone areas’ – which according to the WC sub-celebrities is everywhere – are becoming “angry”. I was camping last week and as I prepared to turn in I noticed that a large brown spider had built his website over the bed in my pop-up. This was unacceptable as I am arachnophobic, which is not at all PC. Nevertheless I tossed him out and as he hit the ground he turned around and glared at me. With my years of clinical experience… Read more »

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I sympathize with your arachnophobia, especially with those that are brown.😬 I was bitten on the ankle by a brown recluse spider about 10 years ago. I was shocked at how much damage it caused and how quickly it happened. My doctor thought I was going to need skin grafts before the antibiotics finally started working. Brown recluse spiders are more dangerous than black widows, and even after being healed for years, the venom can reactivate and start damaging your flesh once again. That’s exactly what it did to me.

William
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William

Wow. And brown recluses are of course reclusive, they get in shoes. I don’t think we have them here. What we do have is ticks and they are actually arachnids. I spend a lot of time in the woods and I am a tick magnet. Earlier this summer I contracted a severe case of anaplasmosis from a tick bite. A very high fever for ten days and it affected my heart. But yes, spiders creep me out. As Stephen King said, we have nothing to fear but fear itself..and spiders

DCG
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We’ve got those dang brown scorpions here in OK. And I always seem to find them in my bathroom in the middle of the night when I go in there. I’m getting pretty adept at chopping them in half with a knife!

William
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William

Scorpions? Mmm, no

William
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William

As a biophile I try not to kill anything if it can be avoided. So maybe instead of cutting the scorpions in half you could…stun them? 🙂

DCG
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I try to save most bugs that enter our house (and there’s A LOT here in OK) but I draw the line at those freakin scorpions 🙂

cogitoergosumantra
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cogitoergosumantra

…and spiders. And snakes. And pretty much anything that attacks me unprovoked. Or not.

Mary Haas
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Mary Haas

Be careful out there!

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cogitoergosumantra

The fat bastard spiders are actively building giant (2′ x 2′ and larger) webs in my yard now. As if they’re trying to catch a human, perhaps. Right outside my back door, no less. So last week when I got home and caught one out of the corner of my eye precariously close to my door, I calmly went inside, turned on the 1000W LED security light to blind it, sprayed it with starter fluid, and lit it up. The next day I was cutting grass and walked right through a web that extended from the patio to the neighbor’s… Read more »

William
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Thanks for the tips. I try to coexist with them (spiders, not antifas) but it’s not always possible. Last year I was tent camping and a spider built it’s web across the opening to the tent. As I climbed in I put my face right into the web and the spider fell to the floor. That one I terminated. With apologies. I’m like that. As for antifas, any one that screams in my face will be very sorry they did

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Dan
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The irony is that no one will suffer more under the GND than these suburban snowflakes and their activist parents. The harm they’ll do under the banner of virtue-signaling unrestrained by consequences is not to be underestimated, and we can be sure their war against diesel-based agriculture and transportation will cause massive human misery. Joseph Conrad wrote about these virtue-signaling socialists a century ago in Under Western Eyes. Underneath their insufferable do-goodism lies a rage to enchain their betters. Nietzsche said more or less the same thing, that underlying their phony motives lies vengeance, and of course no group anywhere… Read more »

William
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William

On the front page of our local “news” paper today: It’s either extinction or ACTION! Big bold type. Gosh oh willikers, it sounds pretty serious. The Climate Strike. It must have been a very slow news day. I learned long ago not to waste my time trying to reason with these climate snowflakes; they are hopelessly, irredeemably delusional

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Alma
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Yeah, we have climate change year-round. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Rainy season, Saharan dust, Forrest fires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and a wave of homeless, queers, lesbians and who knows what else is brewing that we won’t be able to contain, but as I say my time in the “convent” is limited so I won’t get to see it all.

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I just heard Joe Pags do a 10-15 minute segment of his radio program on this very story this morning. I hope he’s a subscriber of FOTM. I only get his “Weekend” show here every Saturday,but he’s very good to listen to,often pointing out the insanity of the left and their new party sweetheart Socialist Democrats. Just seemed ironic to hear this and see it on the computer when I fired it up directly afterwards.

William
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William

Interesting that three of the examples above are of the ice age scare from the early 70’s. There was actually evidence of global cooling then, as opposed to a complete lack of evidence for warming today, but it prompted an overreaction. For instance there were proposals made for spreading soot on the polar ice sheets to melt them. Today climate scientists deny that there was an ice age scare then. The winter of 79-80 saw the highest recorded arctic sea ice extent and that’s the year they use as a baseline to show that arctic sea ice is declining (… Read more »

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TrailDust
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Great article, Dr. Eowyn! There have to be more people than we are aware of who are profoundly tired of the “climate crisis du jour.”

cogitoergosumantra
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Thursday or Friday of last week, CSpan covered a U.S. House of Reps hearing on “Climate Change”, in which all four “expert” panelists were under the age of 21… The one girl from Sweden or wherever wasn’t even in high school, if I’m correct. How does that make ANY sense, to take what the kids say, as representative of the leading-edge authority on climate science?

I guess in the same way the same Democrat-controlled house held a hearing on gun violence with the Parkland children as their expert panelists earlier this year. What a circus, those Democrats!

William
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I think you’re referring to Greta Thunberg, the Pigtail Propaganda Princess, a mentally ill teenager from Sweden and leading climate prophet of doom. She is being ruthlessly exploited by the Empire of Lies with the blessing of her fruitbat “parents”. She needs to be removed to a good Christian home and deprogrammed

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Who is this nirzy.com {comment image } that keeps posting under names that are merely snippets of the article being quoted, just an Amazon bot?