Steffen Hentrich at the “Thinking For Freedom”, blog of the (Classic) Liberal Institute Friedrich Naumann Foundation For Freedom brings our attention to this Youtube Video by Ronald Bailey (Reason Magazine) und Julian Morris (International Policy Network) which features the Top 5 Environmental Disasters That Never Happened.
Enviro-leftists have a talent for concocting scare stories about mass environmental disaster, and thus stampeding the public into destrcutive policy-making that always ends up killing millions of poor people. Eventually, the scare story gets exposed as a hoax, and the media look like a bunch of thoughtless dupes.
You’d think these enviro-madmen would eventually learn something from their terrible mistakes. Well, you’d be dead wrong. In fact, they seem to get a kick out it, a ghoulish delight, and so they simply go on and concoct new schemes to stampede people into self-destruction.
The latest of course is catastrophic man-made climate change precipitated by the burning of fossil fuels. And now as man attempts to scale back use of fossil fuels, the poor once again are getting hammered the hardest.
I really believe too many of these enviro-crackpots are evil and diabolical, especially when you listen to how they talk about human population – referring to people as parasites, scourges – a disease to the planet. One could arguably call them “green genocidists”. Yes, I’m getting myself worked up. Here are Reason Magazine’s The top 5 diasters that never happened:
No. 5: Frankenfoods
Nonsense upon stilts.”
Think about golden rice, and all the children who have to hungry, or blind, or die prematurely because agricultural progress is irrationally impeded.
No. 4: The end of biodiversity
70 to 80% of all animal species would be extinct by the year 1995.”
“Not based at all on evidence.”
Today, there are no signs of biodiversity shrinking.
No. 3. The energy crisis
By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using crude oil at such a rate that there won’t be any more crude oil left.”
“And of course what happened is that our government did all kinds of idiotic things under President Richard Nixon.”
Sound familiar? And who gets hit the hardest when energy prices go up? The poor of course. It ends up causing more hunger, disease, and ultimately premature death.
No. 2: “A Silent Spring” The Banning of DDT
There was a really apacolyptic vision that was frankly based on a flimsy and inaacurate representation of arginal science.”
“And those bans have led to some unpleasant and unintended consequences.”
“The result, well, now a million people a year are dying of malaria.”
No. 1: Malthusian famine
The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”
“Ehrlich was spectacularly wrong.”
“If we had followed his policies, we would have created the famines that he claimed were inevitable.”
“More people are being better fed today than at any time in human history.”
Wvery one of these problems was an iminent threat to life on the planet, promoted by “leading experts” who were certain, and insisted action had to be taken quickly. Many world leaders are now behaving like Nixon, and implementing idiotic policies.
The global warming scare is nothing new and will also end up in the graveyard of past scare stories as well. But in the meantime it indeed has the potential of “creating the famines that are claimed to be inevitable.” These professors like Hansen, Ehrlich, Schellnhuber, Mann, Jones, etc. are indeed dangerous and need to be reviewed by rational thinkers.
Here’s another example of a crackpot prediction: http://thegwpf.org/science-news/2861-un-predictions-a-the-eco-refugees-scare.html