This year, President Obama celebrated Earth Day by pledging three billion of American's hard earned dollars to the Green Climate Fund, an international UN fund to promote green energy around the world. Unable to convince the American people to adopt their view of climate change as the greatest threat to American interests, the left has turned to a plan to use taxpayer dollars outside the US to live out it's green energy dreams.
Speaking of dreams, several lists were shared on Earth Day detailing the most alarming or amusing, you take our pick, of predictions from the climate change warriors who launched Earth Day in 1970. Let's walk through some of them prepared by Ricochet:
"Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." – Harvard biologist George Wald
"We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation." – Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
"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
"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
"Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [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
"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." – 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
before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable." – Ecologist Kenneth Watt
"Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone." – Paul Ehrlich
"By the year 2000, 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.'" – Ecologist Kenneth Watt
"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
President Obama has pledged billions of dollars to an international fund without any discussion in Congress. Given how far off base the apocalyptic predictions were when Earth Day launched and how little success green energy companies have had to date, we can expect absolutely no return on Obama's investment in the Green Energy Fund.
PA families deserve access to affordable energy. Join with AFP-PA to fight back against Obama and the EPA at www.afppennsylvania.com. I'm Beth Anne Mumford, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-PA.