- May 14, 2019
Climate Change Predictions All Wrong Decades Later
Few people know the name James Hansen or the enormous impact this one man has had on global socio-economics and the political landscape.
Hansen worked for NASA, the U.S. space agency, until his retirement in 2013. This professional experience gave him enough credibility to be taken seriously when, in 1988, he testified in a congressional hearing that global temperatures were rising sharply and would continue to do so due to human activity. His confidence level was 99 percent.
Under oath before Congress, Hansen produced results of a 1988 study he led which used a climate model to hypothesize (“guess”) what would happen under three different scenarios: Scenario A painted a bleak world toxified by heavy pollution if humans did nothing to lower global carbon output, a somewhat less bleak future under Scenario B where partial steps are taken to reduce carbon pollution, and his recommended Scenario C after “draconian emissions cuts.”
This one expert opinion fueled what turned into a United Nations-led assault on carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. Hansen lobbied for drastic and definitive action – for example, high taxes on carbon-producing fuels:
“Emissions aren’t going to go down if the cost of fossil fuels isn’t honest. Economists are very clear on this. We need a steadily increasing fee that is then distributed to the public.”
Since the first Earth Day, celebrated in 1970, none of the apocalyptic predictions of life extinction from global warming have come true.
This fortunate circumstance (the Dark Future that Never Was) is thought to be due, in part, to the Montreal Protocol, legislation which effected a worldwide ban on aerosol fluorocarbons (HFCs) and other known ozone-depleting substances.
In 1970, many “Earth experts” made extremely dire predictions that life on the planet would become unsupportable unless we are naughty, irresponsible consumers – forced to pay at the gasoline pump after car companies bought up and suppressed alternative fuel patents – stopped driving to work and took the bus or a train.
Many of us knew then that the global climate change extremists had a political agenda to push and it has unfolded over the past 30 years: the New World Order is using speculative “scientific modeling,” fudged data, and a slew of hysterical, historical claims to push their tax-happy laws which are not supported by good science – and are proving completely false.
Consider these five dire climate predictions, all made about 50 years ago, around the time of the first Earth Day:
- “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.”
–Kenneth Watt, an ecologist who also cautioned against global cooling and also said, “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.” (Thank goodness that never happened.)
- “…civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
–George Wald, Harvard biologist
- “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, April 1970 Mademoiselle magazine
- “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…”
– January 1970 Life magazine
- “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”
– Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.
The United States hasn’t run out of crude oil, civilization didn’t end before the year 2000, the death rate has plummeted, urban dwellers don’t sport chemical masks, there’s nothing wrong with our sunlight (except for chemtrails, of course), and there’s about as much famine as there was in the 1970s.
Rather than be held accountable for their outlandish and inflammatory claims, these old-school, self-styled “experts” have been rewarded for being wrong. The United Nations continues to use economic and political leverage to push forward its all-encompassing Paris Climate Agreement.
On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris pact. This news drew international criticism from Global Warmists – the very people who have been hysterically wrong since 1970.
No one needs a totalitarian one-world government to tell us what is good and what isn’t. Challenging bad science with cold, hard facts is a good way to start defusing the power-mad UN which is bent on Controlling Everything, all in the name of Sustainability – Agenda 2030.