Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Prophets of Doom or should that be Profits....

Stanford's Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling.
Stanford's Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling.

“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.”
• Kenneth Watt, ecologist

 “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…[xxxx] 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

“By the year XXXX, 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

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”
• Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

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 

“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

The above were predictions made for Earth Day, 1970. They were collated by I hate the media for Earth Day 1970. These same deluded people have just celebrated?? Earth Day 2011 on April 22nd.

The question marks after "celebrated" are because, if you are preaching Gloom and Doom, do you "celebrate" or you do the reverse?  So I looked for antonyms for celebrate and got:
Antonyms: disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook
So, I recommend, seeing celebration of an impending disaster  seems inappropriate, they should disregard it, they should forget it, they should ignore it.....

Two of the comments above had their dates xxed out. The small xxxx's represented 1975 - by 1975 there would be world hunger, the large XXXX's represented the year 2000.

My attention was drawn to this article by Peter Laux. These doomsayers are invited to share in Peter's $10K challenge mentioned on this blog HERE and the challenge issued on Denis Rancourt's Climate Guy HERE.

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