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Monday, April 22, 2019

Early on the morning of 14 April 2018, Buckel -- a 60-year-old retired gay rights attorney -- left his cozy, garden-surrounded Brooklyn house and walked to nearby Prospect Park. He made his way to a stretch of grass, where he emailed media outlets a statement decrying humanity's passivity in the face of pollution and global warming.

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Predictions made by eco-nuts in 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

#1 | Posted by boaz at 2019-04-22 11:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What's difference between a skunk hit by a car and a lawyer hit by a car?
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Skids marks in front of the skunk.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-04-22 11:11 AM | Reply

--#1 | Posted by boaz

I attended some of the first Earth Day activities in the early 70s. We were all depressed that we only had 5 or 10 years left to save the planet.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-04-22 11:22 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Looks like they throw around the word "experts" a lot.
Same goes for the "experts" now.

#4 | Posted by homerj at 2019-04-22 11:26 AM | Reply

We were all depressed that we only had 5 or 10 years left to save the planet.
#3 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

LOL knucklehead ..

I do remember as a kid the world was going to "freeze over".

I will say this, which is why I don't oppose all environmentalism, we haven't had a smog day in decades.

Whats strange, in my own world, I see an uptick in litter.

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-22 11:50 AM | Reply

So the cool thing among the right is still global climate change denial. Brilliant! Y'all never disappoint when I need a laugh.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2019-04-22 12:07 PM | Reply

So the cool thing among the left is still baseless accusations of being a climate change denier. Brilliant! Y'all never disappoint when I need a laugh.

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2019-04-22 12:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6 | Posted by danni

Happy Earth Day, danni !.

18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year

www.aei.org

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-04-22 12:16 PM | Reply

Danni, Are you kidding me?

Do you not even recognize the irresponsible predictions made 50 years ago? Can you not see how wrong they were then and are probably wrong today? Doesnt that even give you pause?

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2019-04-22 12:16 PM | Reply

In January 1970, Life reported, "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 ... ."

Are they talking about that same "solid experimental and theoretical evidence" back then, that they are basing their projections on today? So, with what's known, why should we believe their predictions when what they based past wrong predictions on is still what is being used as a basis for their predictions today?

#10 | Posted by boaz at 2019-04-22 12:20 PM | Reply

Actually Nulli, I know it wouldnt be allowed here, but that link could be a thread on it's on!

#11 | Posted by boaz at 2019-04-22 12:22 PM | Reply

What an attention seeking way to seek an end.

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-04-22 12:22 PM | Reply

--but that link could be a thread on it's on!

Why not? Every prediction cited is documented. It's not a secret what people said and have said on every Earth Day since 1970.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-04-22 12:41 PM | Reply

We should include a famous quote from another scientist....

"It's been too late for decades. Happy Extinction!!!"

-Zat

#14 | Posted by eberly at 2019-04-22 01:36 PM | Reply

Other stupid predictions:
The Iraq war will be a short war.
Rumsfeld
Marriage equality could lead to "the criminalization of Christianity."
Huckabee
Legal marijuana is "devastating our kids and devastating whole communities."
Riley

#15 | Posted by bored at 2019-04-22 02:50 PM | Reply

RCADE,

There's a thread jacker, talking about nothing that has to do with the article on aisle #15, can you remove him please?

#16 | Posted by boaz at 2019-04-22 03:10 PM | Reply

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

He's talking about immigration, right, Nullifidian?

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-04-22 04:29 PM | Reply

"There's a thread jacker, talking about nothing that has to do with the article"

Since you brought it up, what do "Predictions made by eco-nuts in 1970" have to do with the article, Boaz?

???

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-04-22 04:31 PM | Reply

RCADE,
There's a thread jacker, talking about nothing that has to do with the article on aisle #15, can you remove him please?

#16 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Someone feeling a little threatened, are we?

#19 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-04-22 04:56 PM | Reply

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