There is an old adage that you should never tell a lie because once you lie, even just a little, you may enjoy it so much and find it so useful that you simply may be consumed by a pathological need to lie all the time. There is no better case in point that modern-day “environmentalists” who simply have lied about almost everything in their brief existence since the first ‘earth day’ in 1970.
In just one case of hundreds, consider the chemical compound dioxin. If you grew up in the 1960s or 1970s you may remember that dioxin was vilified as “the most toxic substance known to man”. Stories about dioxin were everywhere for many, many years but you never hear about dioxin anymore. Because serious research discovered that dioxin is not even vaguely as toxic as they had claimed.
Now we have these ‘warming’ fanatics being exposed every day. Case in point: The Winter of 2014 was the coldest in decades in many parts of the USA, including up here in New England. Now even the Summer of 2014 has been cool and very wet and the leaves started changing all over the northern part of the US… in mid-August!
So the lunatics simply started to call “warming” something different – “climate change”. This switcheroo began about 2009. Because after Al Gore won his Ignoble Prize in 2006 news about “warming” was everywhere but record cold spells all over the globe were contradicting it. So the ecologists had to quickly tailor their story, not retract it, to fit the new reality.
For instance the “warmers” have said over the last five years that the Arctic ice cap at the North Pole has been melting, and indeed it was. But that melting, which apparently has now ended with the record cold, was accompanied in the same years by big increases in the ice cap at the South Pole. But the ‘warmers’ always focused on the North Pole and ignored the South Pole. This is their selective form of “junk science”.
Way back in 1912 the ocean liner Titanic sank because it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic ocean that was floating as a result of a very warm period that also had melted a lot of Arctic ice and broken up the Arctic ice pack. Then we see on the other hand that these same ‘climate’ extremists were predicting in the 1970s that we were entering a New Ice Age because the 1960s were very cold and snowy.
So you can see that these “warmers” are very selective about what they want us to know and what they report on and predict. Then they call us “warming” skeptics names like “climate deniers” when in fact we skeptics always consider the Big Picture and all of the relevant facts while the ecologists are the real deniers who deny the reality right before our eyes today all around the world, or the facts of history.
For instance the Medieval Warm Period from 900 AD to 1300 AD in Europe had 400 years of much hotter weather than Europe has today. But don’t tell that to Al Gore. His bank account might shrink.
Of course you can never argue with an environmentalist because they always have a new set of talking points to defend their cause. For instance when we point out all the cold weather and the changing leaves in August first they call it “climate change” (which is their convenient catch-all fallback story to account for every rainstorm and tornado) and now their newest desperation tactic is to claim with a totally straight face that we are “confusing weather and climate”.
Yes, siree, they say that since the “weather” is cold you cannot say that that is what the “climate” is doing. Amazing, but this deception is effective. It is a classic propaganda tactic – stick to your original claim and repeat it over and over and even embellish it and promote it even more fervently. Because if you say that the sky is green over and over and over billions of times, or that the earth is burning up in ‘global warming’, you can get billions of people to believe it.
These environmentalists are literally insane, and they get the most irrational people to go out and spread their message, including young people who don’t know much anyway and whom they can propagandize easily with their alarmism. But not all! At the age of 20 I had joined an enviro group at my college, and the propaganda was strident and constant. So I quit because I did not believe what they were saying. Today the leader of that group is a Democrat US congressman from New Jersey named Frank Pallone and he is still spouting the same ‘green’ hysteria 40 years later.
If you have never read the apocalyptic predictions that major environmentalists made at the first ‘earth day’ in 1970, you must see them because they are comical in how wrong they were. Thirteen of their wild prognostications are reprinted at the bottom of this commentary.
Now we find from actual temperature trends that earth has actually been in a cooling period since 1998. Thus we have seen both natural warming and natural cooling over the last 1,000 years, both for long and short periods, in no discernible pattern. But mankind has only been keeping accurate records for about 120 years, so we have no idea about specific events, for instance, were there powerful hurricanes back in the 1600s? The 1700s? The 1800s? So when the enviro-kooks claim that these weather events like Superstorm Sandy are “unprecedented” and a result of “warming” or ‘climate change’ you cannot believe them because we have nothing to compare them to, which is the procedure that genuine scientific inquiry must rely on.
We do know, for instance, that the earth has been very hot before in the Medieval period and then very cold for 500 years afterwards, the latest prolonged cold spell ending around 1850. We know about both hot and cold Europe not from weather records, which did not exist, but from sources like historical records about crops and lifestyles in the Warm Period (the Medieval peasants actually grew taller) or, on the other hand, historical records, stories and paintings about the Frost Fairs in London when the Thames River froze over repeatedly in 17th and 18th centuries, which it never does anymore. Or the paintings of Pieter Bruegel (1525-1569) who show lots of snow in his pictures. Bruegel lived in The Netherlands, which has virtually no snow today.
But now every time that there is a heavy rain or a tornado or a drought or a warm Winter or a cold Summer, or vice versa, the enLIARmentalists always blame it on “climate change” if it is Winter or “global warming” if it is Summer. These ecologists never, ever stop with their propaganda. They are literally addicted to lying.
Now think about carbon dioxide which they are claiming is being trapped in the atmosphere and is warming up the earth like a blanket. Yet if this is happening, how can we have so much cold weather or be in a cooling period?
Good question. It gets worse. Those of us who went to the public schools back when they actually taught real science know that carbon dioxide has been a natural compound in the atmosphere since the beginning of time, that people and animals inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. And that trees, plants and crop then “inhale” the carbon dioxide, use the carbon molecules as ‘food’ (it is said that they “fix” the carbon) that makes up wood, plant matter and food, and then emit the oxygen, which people then breathe in to live on. It is called the transpirational cycle and this is how trees and plants grow; their “food” literally comes out of the air, molecule by molecule.
Now since we are indeed putting large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning oil, coal and natural gas, that would mean that the trees, plants and crops have more “food” to “inhale” and would grow taller, stronger and more bountiful, and the natural transpirational cycle would simply balance itself out, right? Right. But you will never see a serious scientific study about that because it would blow the doors off the alarmist “warming” theory.
This “warming” baloney is simply an end-of-the-world fundraising folk tale for the enviro movement. Period. End of story. After all these people have raised untold billions of dollars in contributions over the decades and made themselves rich and powerful by telling endless scare stories from dioxin to DDT to PCBs to “global warming”. How about ‘the hole in the ozone layer’? Remember that thing? It was supposed to end life on earth, but that too is long forgotten. How about “rising seas”? What happened to those? There is no evidence of that anywhere… but they keep claiming that it is true.
Not only are these enviro organizations filthy rich, but every word that they utter, including every lie, is slavishly reported in the Liberal Global Media, giving them practically unlimited influence. They are literally, and far and away, the most powerful political lobby in human history. This obviously is very intoxicating and they cannot stop lying because it has made them rich and powerful. This is why they lie; because that is what they do for a living.
And this, friends, is why you are not supposed to ever tell even one little lie. Because it could end up being like a powerful drug addiction that you can never, ever escape.
OK, here is the doomsday list. Every prediction made on the first “earth day” in 1970 has been proven spectacularly wrong like these 13 end-of-the-world predictions (thanks to Reason.com for this list):
1.”Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
2.”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
3.”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
4.”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
5.”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
6.”It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
7.”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
8.”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
9.”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.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
10.”Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
11.”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
12.”[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
13.”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
This all sounds funny to us today, but these people were serious and they continue to put out this propaganda. This is very dangerous to the well-being of America and the world. Only truth and good economic policies will lead mankind into a bright future.
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