Each year, Earth Day is
accompanied by
predictions of doom.
Let’s take a look at past
predictions to determine
just how much confidence
 we can have in today’s environmentalists’ predictions.
In 1970, when Earth Day
 was conceived, the late
 George Wald, a Nobel
laureate biology professor
 at Harvard University,
 predicted, “Civilization
 will end within 15 or 30
 years unless immediate
action is taken against
problems facing mankind.”
Also in 1970, Paul Ehrlich,
a Stanford University
 biologist and best-selling
 author of “The Population
 Bomb,” declared that the
 world’s population would
soon outstrip food supplies.

In an article for The
Progressive, he
predicted, “The death
 rate will increase until
at least 100-200 million
 people per year will be
 starving to death during
the next 10 years.”
He gave this warning in
 1969 to Britain’s Institute
 of Biology: “If I were a
gambler, I would take
even money that England
 will not exist in the year
On the first Earth Day,
Ehrlich warned, “In
10 years, all important
animal life in the sea will
be extinct.”
Despite such predictions,
 Ehrlich has won no fewer
 than 16 awards, including
the 1990 Crafoord Prize,
 the Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences’
highest award.
In International Wildlife
(July 1975), Nigel Calder
 warned, “The threat of a
new ice age must now
 stand alongside nuclear
war as a likely source of
wholesale death and
misery for mankind.”
In Science News (1975),
 C.C. Wallen of the World
Meteorological Organization
 is reported as saying,
 “The cooling since 1940
has been large enough
 and consistent enough
 that it will not soon be
In 2000, climate researcher
David Viner told
The Independent, a
British newspaper, that
 within “a few years,
” snowfall would become
 “a very rare and exciting
event” in Britain. “Children
 just aren’t going to know
 what snow is,” he said.
 “Snowfalls are now just
 a thing of the past.”
In the following years,
the U.K. saw some of its
 largest snowfalls and
 lowest temperatures
 since records started
 being kept in 1914.
In 1970, ecologist Kenneth
 Watt told a Swarthmore
 College audience:
The world has been

chilling sharply for

about 20 years. If

present trends

continue, the world

will be about 4 degrees

colder for the global

mean temperature

in 1990 but 11 degrees

colder in the year 2000.

This is about twice

what it would take to

put us into an ice age.
Also in 1970, Sen. Gaylord
Nelson, D-Wis., wrote in
Look magazine: “Dr. S.
Dillon Ripley, secretary
of the Smithsonian
 (Institution), believes
 that in 25 years,
somewhere between
 75 and 80 percent
 of all the species of
 living animals will be
Scientist Harrison Brown
published a chart in
 Scientific American that
 year estimating that
mankind would run out
 of copper shortly after
2000. Lead, zinc, tin,
 gold, and silver were to
 disappear before 1990.
Erroneous predictions
 didn’t start with Earth
In 1939, the U.S.
 Department of the
 Interior said American
 oil supplies would last
for only another 13 years.
n 1949, the secretary of
the interior said the end
 of U.S. oil supplies was
in sight.
Having learned nothing
from its earlier erroneous
 claims, in 1974 the U.S.
 Geological Survey said
 the U.S. had only a
 10-year supply of
natural gas.
The fact of the matter,
according to the U.S.
Energy Information
Administration, is that
as of 2014, we had
 2.47 quadrillion cubic
feet of natural gas, which
 should last about a century.
Hoodwinking Americans is
part of the environmentalist
agenda. Environmental
activist Stephen Schneider
 told Discover magazine
 in 1989:
We have to offer up

scary scenarios,

make simplified,

dramatic statements,

and make little

mention of any doubts

we might have. …

Each of us has to

decide what the

right balance is

between being

effective and being

In 1988, then-Sen. Timothy
 Wirth, D-Colo., said:
“We’ve got to … try to
 ride the global warming
 issue. Even if the theory
of global warming is
wrong … we will be doing
 the right thing anyway
in terms of economic
 policy and environmental
Americans have paid a
steep price for buying
 into environmental
deception and lies.