Friday, January 25, 2013

A Brief History of Environmental Science’s Doomsday Predictions

Daniel Greenfield 
Proof. Scientific proof that the world ended about 30 years ago. Compiled by the great Anthony Watts.
In 1968, Paul R. Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb and declared that the battle to feed humanity had been lost and that there would be a major food shortage in the US. “In the 1970s … hundreds of millions are going to starve to death,” and by the 1980s most of the world’s important resources would be depleted.
He forecast that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980-1989 and that by 1999, the US population would decline to 22.6 million. The problems in the US would be relatively minor compared to those in the rest of the world.
(Ehrlich, Paul R. The Population Bomb. New York, Ballantine Books, 1968.)
New Scientist magazine underscored his speech in an editorial titled “In Praise of Prophets.”
I wasn’t around for much of the 70s, but could anyone who was around then let me know whether hundreds of millions of Americans starved to death during that period? I haven’t heard anything about it, but maybe it’s another of those Phantom Time coverups by the military-industrial complex.
“By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people … If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” Paul Ehrlich, Speech at British Institute For Biology, September 1971.
Now we know why he’s not a gambler.