I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the terrorist attack that was perpetrated upon the city of Boston last week during the Boston Marathon. This post isn’t about that. I think many others have been and will continue to do a much better job covering that constantly-changing story than I’m able to do here. My heart and prayers go out and up for those family members of the three people killed, and to all of the many victims whose lives were forever changed last Monday. God bless all the police officers, emergency workers and others who helped save lives, as well as those who worked tirelessly to capture the suspect who remained alive at the end of the week.
With that said, today is the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day. In remembrance of that first “celebration” more than 4 decades ago, Freedomworks published a list of the “13 Worst Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970”. It shows how the environmental movement, guided by far-left zealots in politics, academia and the media, have predicted gloom and doom for the earth and all human beings if something (via the government and/or the United Nations) wasn’t done to keep the climate from changing. Here’s just a few:
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
“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.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
“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
“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.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
Like his predecessors, former Vice President Al Gore has certainly made a comfortable living hawking the global warming/ climate change message. The Profit of Doom (pun intended) has made a number of speeches over the past several years predicting the polar ice caps would be completely melted within five years. From what I could find, he first mentioned this in 2007, so they should be gone by now, or at least getting pretty close to being gone, but I’ve not found any information to back that up. Probably because it isn’t happening. If it were, the media would be all over it.
It’s bad enough that these hucksters decry capitalism as a greedy, evil system even as they rake in the cash by scaring the hell out of people (the people still willing to listen, that is). It’s great that they can make these wild predictions without ever being held accountable when reality proves them wrong. The biggest shame of the environmental movement is that they use their positions of power to brainwash children and young people into believing “something must be done.” In fact, Al Gore himself once undermined parental authority when he spoke to a group of young people just before Obama’s first inauguration. In preaching his Green Gospel, he told them, “There are some things about our world that you know that older people don’t know.”
By the time a child graduates high school, they are well-versed in the green movement. Their minds are then fertile ground for growing the mostly anti-American, anti-capitalist mindset so prevalent on college campuses large and small. “Do something!” they’re told, from grade school to college.
“Something” always seems to involve more government interference in the lives of people. It’s one thing to take care of the earth and to be good stewards of what God gave us. That can include not littering, recycling, conserving water and turning off the lights when you leave a room. But it can also include using our natural resources that we have here in our own country (oil, natural gas, etc.) to make our lives and the lives of others around the world better. Using our natural resources is not the something that those in the green movement would have us do. In fact, many attempts to do so are usually blocked by powerful environmental groups, who have lots of money behind them…and they’ll give that money to those in Washington willing to do their bidding.