Earth Day’s Failed Predictions Of 52 Years Ago & The Amazing Environmental Improvements That Have Occurred Since

From Climate Depot

Morano: “We should actually promote prosperity, technology, and wealth. We should do what we’ve been doing since the first Earth Day in 1970, when we had filthy rivers, dirty air, and massive pollution. We raised awareness and ended up with, in the 50 years since 1970, radical increases in population, radical increases in economic growth, and incredible improvements in just about everything, to the point where even mainstream media and climate activists now admit that the pollution problem has largely been solved. Where we were and where we are now is a light-and-day difference. I would argue that we do the best environmental policy, that we invest in technology, and that we keep doing what we’ve been doing.”Watch: Morano on Jesse Watters Primetime on Fox News talks about failed climate tipping points going back to 1864

By: Marc Morano – Climate DepotApril 22, 2022 7:38 AM

Broadcast premiere of Climate Hustle 2 set for 8pm ET May 8, 2022 on Newsmax TV!

Earth day is coming up. It is a good time to remind the public what the (failed) predictions were 52 years ago– Here are some of the dire predictions from the first Earth Day, compiled by Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute:

1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

2. “We are in an environmental crisis that threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.

3. The day after the first Earth Day, the New York Times editorial page warned, “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”

4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 issue of Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

Earth Day, Then and Now,” by Ronald Bailey, Reason.com. May 1, 2000

Earth Day At 52: None of the eco-doomsday predictions have come true

Flashback: Prof. Ross McKitrick: ‘I abhor Earth Hour…It celebrates ignorance, poverty & backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism’

Earth ‘serially doomed’: The official history of climate ‘Tipping Points’ began in 1864 – A new ‘global warming’ 12-year deadline from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez– Climate Tipping Points date back to at least 1864 – “As early as 1864 George Perkins Marsh, sometimes said to be the father of American ecology, warned that the earth was ‘fast becoming an unfit home for its “noblest inhabitant,”’ and that unless men changed their ways it would be reduced ‘to such a condition of impoverished productiveness, of shattered surface, of climatic excess, as to threaten the depravation, barbarism, and perhaps even extinction of the species.’” —MIT professor Leo Marx

Earth “Serially Doomed” – Perhaps the best summary of the tipping-point phenomenon comes from UK scientist Philip Stott. “In essence, the Earth has been given a 10-year survival warning regularly for the last fifty or so years. We have been serially doomed,” Stott explained. “Our post-modern period of climate change angst can probably be traced back to the late-1960s, if not earlier. By 1973, and the ‘global cooling’ scare, it was in full swing, with predictions of the imminent collapse of the world within ten to twenty years, exacerbated by the impacts of a nuclear winter.”

Dartmouth Review profile: Debunking the Climate Myth: An Interview with Marc Morano: Morano: “We should actually promote prosperity, technology, and wealth. We should do what we’ve been doing since the first Earth Day in 1970, when we had filthy rivers, dirty air, and massive pollution. We raised awareness and ended up with, in the 50 years since 1970, radical increases in population, radical increases in economic growth, and incredible improvements in just about everything, to the point where even mainstream media and climate activists now admit that the pollution problem has largely been solved. Where we were and where we are now is a light-and-day difference. I would argue that we do the best environmental policy, that we invest in technology, and that we keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Bjorn Lomborg: 50 years after the first Earth Day, the planet’s doing pretty well: Lomborg: In America, for instance, a recent comprehensive study showed that “water pollution concentrations have fallen substantially” over the past 50 years. And a stunning 3.8 billion people in the world have gained access to clean drinking water since the 1970s. Air pollution, the world’s biggest environmental killer, has seen even greater improvements. Outdoor air pollution has declined dramatically in rich countries, in no small measure due to attention from the 1970 Earth Day and the legislation it inspired, such as the landmark US Clean Air Act enacted later that year.

For the world’s poor, the deadliest air pollution is ­indoors. Almost 3 billion of the world’s poorest still cook and keep warm with dirty fuels like dung, cardboard and wood, and the World Health Organization estimates the effects are equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes daily.
Since 1970, the death risk across the world from indoor air pollution has been cut by more than half.

WHO reports: US ranked among countries with the cleanest air in the world – Significantly cleaner air than in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UK, Japan, Austria, & France– President Trump was right – being in the Paris Climate Accord was not in America’s best interests. Especially since the US is listed among countries with the cleanest air in the world, according to the W.H.O… That’s after all the G7 countries whined about Trump removing us from the accords in 2017

In its 2018 report (& 2019 report) on air pollution, the W.H.O. ranked the United States among the countries with the cleanest air in the world, significantly cleaner than the air in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Japan, Austria, and France.

WHO 2019 report: “Northern America remains one of the regions with the lowest overall PM2.5 levels worldwide.”

Eco-Reality Strikes Back: Earth Day at 50

Air quality. U.S. air is as clean as it has ever been. From 1980 to 2018, except where noted [Source: U.S. EPA]:

Carbon monoxide, down 83%

Lead, down 99%

Nitrous oxides, down 61%

Ozone, down 31%

Particulate matter (10 micrograms & below), down 26%

Particulate matter (2.5 micrograms & below), down 39% (2000-2018)

Sulfur dioxide, down 91%

Flashback: Analysis of EPA: Climate change ‘politicized the EPA’ – ‘EPA has (mostly) solved the most basic and widespread public health and environmental problems that plagued the U.S’– Amy Harder of Axios: ‘The EPA has (mostly) solved the most basic and widespread public health and environmental problems that plagued the U.S. back around the ’60’s. Climate change is now the top environmental issue in the country. That politicizes the EPA, makes it less of a big deal to average Americans and fuels antipathy from elected Republicans, most of whom don’t acknowledge it’s a real issue.’

‘The Obama administration issued a steady stream of major regulations on climate change…It was one of the most aggressive EPA’s ever’

‘Most past Republican presidents nominated EPA administrators who were more to the left on environmental issues than the Republican Party writ large.’

50 years of climate predictions gone bust – The comic cries of climate apocalypse

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Climate Depot’s Earth Day Round Up: Reuters: ‘If the environmental movement has a high holiday, Earth Day is it’

Wash. Post hosts ‘Earth Day theology’: ‘God is judging our sin against the planet, and She is very, very angry about it’

Earth Day Dissent: ‘Environmentalism is devoted to the collapse of every scientific and technological advance of past century, along with the capitalist system that made them possible’

1970 Earth Day Quotes: ‘Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind’ — George Wald, Harvard Biologist

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Flashback: Former GOP Congressman from Texas Steve Stockman: ‘The Best Thing About The Earth Is If You Poke Holes In It Oil And Gas Come Out’

Here’s some things that would actually help our #environment this #EarthDay#EarthDay2022 #energyindependence pic.twitter.com/uwXvU6w7qU

— CFACT Campus (@CFACTCampus) April 22, 2022

Alex Epstein’s Earth Day truth: Fossil fuels make Earth BETTER – ‘World has never been a better place for human beings to live’

Epstein: “Fossil fuels are making Earth a better and better place by providing uniquely low-cost, reliable energy to billions of people–and are needed by billions more.”

Fossil fuels have actually made us far safer from climate by providing low-cost energy for the amazing machines that protect us against storms, protect us against extreme temperatures, and alleviate drought. Climate disaster deaths have decreased *98%* over the last century.

Solar and wind only provide electricity (20% of energy use)—and they don’t even do that well. Because solar and wind are unreliable, they don’t replace reliable power plants—they add to the cost of reliable power plants.

3 billion people use less electricity than a typical American refrigerator. 1/3 of the world uses wood and dung for heating and cooking.

The world needs to continue and expand its massive use of fossil fuels, while ensuring we have the freedom necessary for truly cost-effective alternatives to emerge. E.g., we need to decriminalize reliable, non-carbon nuclear energy.”

Earth Day 2022: Investing in Poverty, Suffering, & Human Degradation

Benjamin Zycher: “As with every previous Earth Day, we will be bombarded with innumerable web sites both infantile and mendacious, crude propaganda exercises, myriad pleas for networking, virtue signaling as a central dynamic, mindless recommendations for localism and other useless, wasteful, and environmentally destructive silliness. And — of course — there will be the usual shameless groveling by a long queue of spineless corporate officials and public relations gasbags desperate to advertise their environmental bona fides so that the green alligators might eat them last.”

Listen: Morano on DC WMAL radio on Earth Day talks Matt Damon, Schwarzenegger & Hollywood hypocrisy – & More wealth = a cleaner environment

MILLOY: Earth Day — Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off – ‘Environmentalism has become totally unhinged as it is all in for climate hysteria’

Steve Milloy: Looking past the left-wing politics of the Earth Day’s organizers, 1970 was the right time to make a concerted effort to clean things up. And we did. Many at the time were genuinely concerned about the potential effect of chemicals and emissions on human health. … When the Cold War ended around 1990, many left-wing radicals found themselves with nothing to agitate. So they joined the environmental movement. About this same time, global warming fears started to gain traction. It didn’t take long for the radicals to figure out that global warming was a horse they could ride since the implication of government regulation of fossil fuel emissions was total economic and societal control. …

Now in 2022, environmentalism has become totally unhinged as it is all in for climate hysteria. .. it’s way past time to stop and get a grip on reality. Earth Day? No thank you. Let’s instead return to an age of reason.

AP: Climate progress remains elusive for Biden on Earth Day

Geologist: Cancel Earth Day, celebrate EarthHappy Earth Day – Real Air Pollution issues solved, CO2 a benefit not a dangerEarth Day: FIFTY YEARS OF ENVIRONMENTALIST LIESEarth Day 2022: Stop Media Climate Disinformation – We need to ‘build herd immunity against the nonsense’Earth Day 2022: Gladness Expels Gloom – ‘Our planet gets greener as we get wealthier’

Our World in Data drew two very important observations out of these numbers; both point to the importance of economic growth as a weapon against pollution. Death rates tend to be lowest in the poorest and wealthiest countries. Nations with higher death rates, India, for instance, are often emerging economies that haven’t yet turned their attention to pollution reduction.  … 

Our planet gets “greener” as we get wealthier. The warnings that we’re running out of time “to restore nature and build a healthy planet” will grow more shrill as Earth Day approaches. Just remember to take the doomsday predictions with a grain of salt and reflect on the tremendous progress we’ve made in living sustainably.Watch: Morano on Jesse Watters Primetime on Fox News talks about failed climate tipping points going back to 1864

Jesse Watters Primetime – Fox News Channel – Broadcast April 22, 2022

Judge Jeanine Pirro: Marc, you have a lot of information on this. The thing that struck me that I remembered from three years ago was apartment AOC saying 12 years now we have nine years. What is going to happen? Will you tell me what it is?

Morano: The end of civilization. Prince Charles had a 100-month climate tipping point. He counted down the 100 months and when he got to zero he issued a new tipping point to something like 2048. They extend the tipping point when it expires. I was able to trace the first climate tipping point, Judge, back to 1864 when Abraham Lincoln was president. An academic named Leo Marx warned of ‘climatic excess’ unless men changed their ways. 

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Vuk
April 24, 2022 2:05 pm

Just over 72 years ago Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany signed the Treaty of Rome, which created the European Economic Community (EEC)
And 72 years later Macron re-elected as French president, as I expected.
Boost for climate change zealots, more EU, more regulation, more green nonsense or if you prefer more ‘caca verde’

Last edited 2 months ago by Vuk
william Johnston
Reply to  Vuk
April 24, 2022 2:19 pm

“caca verde”??? I just made a mess. Thanks.

Gerald Hanner
Reply to  william Johnston
April 24, 2022 2:30 pm

Caca verde is what cows do.

Vuk
Reply to  Gerald Hanner
April 24, 2022 2:40 pm

you meant bullshyte ?

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Gerald Hanner
April 24, 2022 3:38 pm

On my Wisconsin dairy farm, what cows eat is mostly green. What comes out the other end is mostly yellow-brown ‘cow pies’. Trust me. I can observe both ends of about 350 of them every day.

DonM
Reply to  Gerald Hanner
April 25, 2022 9:57 am

The little bit of green that comes out is still grass.

Kpar
Reply to  Vuk
April 24, 2022 3:52 pm

“caca verde”? WONDERFUL!

Can I steal that? I promise to give credit.

Allan MacRae
Reply to  Vuk
April 24, 2022 7:28 pm

“VIRTUALLY EVERY SCARY PREDICTION BY GLOBAL WARMING ALARMISTS IS FALSE.”

Growing up in Quebec, where an ancient, provincial form of French is spoken, I suggest the term “Merde Verte”.“Mierda Verde” South of the Border.
 
Our society has been fully-submerged in Merde Verte (Green BS) for decades now.

“Rode and Fischbeck, professor of Social & Decision Sciences and Engineering & Public Policy, collected 79 predictions of climate-caused apocalypse going back to the first Earth Day in 1970. With the passage of time, many of these forecasts have since expired; the dates have come and gone uneventfully. In fact, 48 (61%) of the predictions have already expired as of the end of 2020.”
https://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=112896
 
By the end of 2020, the climate doomsters (aka the IPCC and the radical greens) were proved wrong in their scary climate predictions 48 times. At 50:50 odds for each prediction, that is like flipping a coin 48 times and losing every time! The probability of that being mere random ignorance is 1 in 281 trillion! But no sensible person makes a 50:50 prediction – at 60:40 the odds against being this wrong are 1 in 13 quintillion; at 70:30 the odds against being this wrong are 1 in 13 septillion.
 
With their bold, blatant falsehoods, the climate doomsters have wasted trillions of dollars and millions of lives, mostly in the developing world. Crimes against humanity!
 
THE CATASTROPHIC ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING (CAGW) AND THE HUMANMADE CLIMATE CHANGE CRISES ARE PROVED FALSE January 10, 2020
https://thsresearch.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/the-catastrophic-anthropogenic-global-warming-cagw-and-the-humanmade-climate-change-crises-are-proved-false.pdf
 
CLIMATE CHANGE, COVID-19, AND THE GREAT RESET – A Climate, Energy and Covid Primer for Politicians and Media March 21, 2021, Update 1e May 8, 2021
https://thsresearch.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/climate-change-covid-19-and-the-great-reset-update-1e-readonly.docx

 

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Vuk
April 25, 2022 6:05 am

Another nail in the EU coffin?
What about China’s turn?

George Daddis
April 24, 2022 2:34 pm

Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

If anyone were ignorant enough to take Obama’s suggestions this week about the obligation of social media to censor “mis-information”, this statement should go to the head of the line.

There is not an ounce of “science” (or logic) in that proclamation from an Ivy League elite.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  George Daddis
April 24, 2022 2:54 pm

Obama may be ‘Ivy League’ (Columbia and Harvard Law), but he ain’t elite except in his own mind. He is just a Chicago South Side (really bad south of White Sox baseball field) community organizer. It still shows every day, like his recent Stanford speech advocating big tech censorship. Chavez would have been proud.

Kpar
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 3:54 pm

I think it is fair to ask: Just what does a “community organizer” do?

He stokes up anger and resentment, generally against those who bear no responsibility for the inequities that he rails against.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Kpar
April 24, 2022 3:58 pm

It is never the community’s fault. Fatherless families, gangs, drugs, nope. Community organizers claim itbis all the fault of those outside of and not ‘engaging’ the community.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Kpar
April 24, 2022 4:38 pm

He gives the rioters an “Obama Phone”.

Mr.
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 4:54 pm

I hear that Mr. & Mrs. Pot were proud of what their son Pol espoused too.

Kpar
Reply to  George Daddis
April 24, 2022 3:56 pm

And Obama himself demonstrated how much he believes in what he espouses, when he spent $17 MILLION on that oceanfront property on Martha’s Vineyard.

Mr.
Reply to  Kpar
April 24, 2022 4:56 pm

And another ocean side bolt-hole in Hawaii.

Sara
Reply to  George Daddis
April 24, 2022 5:34 pm

Well, if you include Putin’s attack on Ukraine, civilization has already ended.

Derg
April 24, 2022 2:45 pm

I would be curious of Lloydo’s tipping point? BigOilBob (word salad Bob) ? Nick? Griff? The Final Nail? Bellman? Simon (Russia Colluuuusion)? Ghalfrunt (Use bleach for Covid)?

Any other alarmists / trolls / pederasts?

b.nice
Reply to  Derg
April 24, 2022 3:36 pm

“I would be curious……..”

Why ?

Talk about irrelevance. !

Disputin
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 4:01 am

Are you sure you mean “pederasts”?

Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 2:46 pm

One of the problems with specific objective oriented government agencies like EPA is that they will never just declare victory and withdraw. They always spend more and more to achieve less and less (iron law of diminishing marginal returns) because otherwise they are out of business and jobs.

There is a theoretical Congressional solution: sunset laws. These can come in two forms: term limits (say 30 or 50 years then poof) and goal limits (reduce whatever pollution by whatever percent and then poof).

It is not just a Gov agency problem. The March of Dimes was set up to attack polio. When that war was won thanks to Salk and Sabin, they did not dissolve. They turned to an incurable genetic disease, muscular dystrophy, and the dimes marched on.

Kpar
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 4:00 pm

OH! So true! I have been complaining for years that the EPA, having done truly heroic work in the past, has changed their focus from “protecting the environment” to “Protecting their paychecks” by imagining new dragons to slay… like declaring CO2 (a necessary component of life) a “pollutant”.

czechlist
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 4:32 pm

„No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!“

Source: https://quotepark.com/authors/ronald-reagan/government/esse

Mr.
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 5:01 pm

Rud, after 30 or 50 years in the job anyone is too old to still be seeking poofs.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Mr.
April 24, 2022 5:48 pm

Yup. After 35 years in 3 different careers I decided to go poof also.

Rick C
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 5:23 pm

Under the CAA EPA is supposed to review and revise regulations it issues every 8 years. They often miss this deadline and are then inevitably sued by some green NGO. They then get congress to give them more money so they can comply with the law and NGO demands. Of course every regulation they review and revise must be made more restrictive. It matters not one bit to EPA bureaucrats that their actions kill entire industries or add substantial costs for everyone with little or no benefit. Their just doing what the law requires.

DrEd
Reply to  Rick C
April 24, 2022 6:16 pm

Trump had it right. Eliminate 2 regulations to pass one new one.

David A
Reply to  DrEd
April 24, 2022 11:05 pm

And I believe he did far better then that.

RickWill
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 5:54 pm

One of the problems with specific objective oriented government agencies like EPA is that they will never just declare victory and withdraw. 

US EPA has worked hard to find its place in the new religion. It got very close to having CO2 officially declared a pollutant; in the same category as atmospheric lead particles.

dk_
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 24, 2022 8:28 pm

Rud — see Pournelle’s Iron Law. Bureaucracies, no matter how well chartered, evolve to exist solely for the purpose of self-perpetuation (my phrasing).

Jtom
Reply to  Rud Istvan
April 25, 2022 6:42 am

“A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

Ronald Reagan

Bill Treuren
April 24, 2022 3:58 pm

To be totally clear the achievements are amazing and needed. First flight into LA in the 70’s we were nearly on the ground before you could see through the photo chemical smog, its gone now fantastic.
Regarding the “climate emergency” and those that frenzy over it, the NGO’s need to make a declaration of their funds origin, regarding Russian sourced money and probably more generally where their money is from more generally, if they will not then then declare them a terrorist group such as they would if the money was intended to hobble the west to help fund a brutal dictatorship.

The Socialist groups in Europe post WW2 fizzled out in the 1960’s through a lack poverty, but Russia or USSR morphed them into the green movement, and here we are replete with the useful idiots through our middle-classes.

Herbert
April 24, 2022 5:09 pm

Call me a jingoistic Aussie, but did I see Australia having the third best air quality in the world behind Finland and Iceland on the PM2.5 concentration scale?
For anyone who has stood on the Outlook at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains this will not come as a surprise.
Wait till I tell those Kiwis who are always crowing about The Remarkables.

Graham
Reply to  Herbert
April 24, 2022 7:53 pm

Ya sure got that wrong Herbee. Ever been to NZ ?
I have been to Aus many times and our Southern Alps make the Blue (mountains)?look like hills.
We get smoke and ash from your bush fires and dust from your dust storms across the Tasman Sea.

Sara
April 24, 2022 5:32 pm

Ice Age Dodos: DOOM ON YOU! DOOM ON YOU! DOOM ON YOU! DOOM ON YOU!

Me: Go away, you extinct idiots!!! Go find a coyote to bother!

Olen
April 24, 2022 5:52 pm

Was that a celebration or another prediction?

Pat from kerbob
April 24, 2022 6:51 pm

Wish Morano’s posts weren’t so scattered and disjointed.
Does he need ADHD meds?
He seems to have trouble ordering information the same as my 12 year old when we forget to give her her med

H.R.
April 24, 2022 6:53 pm

You’d think they’d get one or two predictions right just by random chance.

But zero? That’s really quite a remarkable record.

markl
April 24, 2022 7:20 pm

The list of failed prognostications attributed to AGW for the last half century is endless and not one of them can be proved to have come true.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  markl
April 25, 2022 7:12 am

I can think of one that has come true, although the timetable was off by a few decades.

Soon you won’t be able to go outside without wearing a mask.

Vincent
April 24, 2022 8:11 pm

Here’s an alternative view.

Isn’t there an obvious benefit resulting from all these alarming predictions about future environmental catastrophes and so-called ‘tipping points’?

Surely such alarming predictions motivate the public and the politicians to take action which they wouldn’t otherwise take.

In order to get action on an issue, one needs to create fear of what might happen if no action were taken. The deceased Stephen Schneider expressed this very well with his ‘Double Ethical Bind’. We need to exaggerate and create scary stories in order for the public to take the issue seriously.

Imagine what could happen if there was no concern about the environmental effects of fossil fuel use. India and China are already increasing their use of fossil fuels despite the alarm about CO2 emissions. If there was no alarm about CO2 emissions, the use of fossil fuels would increase dramatically, world-wide, as both developed and undeveloped countries increased their prosperity.

If there was no propaganda, and/or fake consensus, linking increased CO2 levels to extreme weather events, then governments would have no choice but to protect their populations by relocating millions of homes, building more dams, levees, drainage sytems, long water pipes, more elevated roads and bridges, and so on, which would also massively increase the use of fossil fuels.

At some point in the future, if the entire world was dependent upon the use of gargantuan amounts of fossil fuels, economies would begin to collapse as the reserves of fossil fuels were gradually depleted. With no efficient and alternative energy sources, we’d be stuffed.

The current policies of ‘net-zero’ CO2 emissions by 2050 or 2060, are probably not realistic, but they can have a positive effect of encouraging the investment and research into more efficient and reliable uses of alternative energy sources.

Just as CO2 is essential for all life, supplies of energy are essential for all civilizations. The more sources of energy we can exploit, the better, provided our exploitation does not harm the environment and our health.

dk_
Reply to  Vincent
April 24, 2022 8:40 pm

such alarming predictions motivate the public and the politicians to take action which they wouldn’t otherwise take.

Do you mean to say that the end justifies the means? This rationale might seem to legitimize terrorism and “hate speech,” scapegoating, and eugenics, among others. Or is it just an argument for hyperbole?

This isn’t an advertising campaign for a trivial cola-war. Your alternative seems more like plain old-fashioned coersion, with a leavening of bread-and-circuses for the peasant class.

Graham
Reply to  Vincent
April 24, 2022 10:24 pm

These alarming predictions have not eventuated and if those making them were honest they would be pushing for nuclear power to replace fossil fuel as the world relies on plentiful affordable energy to maintain our standard of living .
They do not advocate Nuclear therefore they have another agenda .
If wealthy countries restrict their economies by going carbon neutral all other second and third tier countries will also become poorer simply because there will not be the money to buy their goods or for tourists to travel to them.
These doom sayers have the idea that the world is running out of fossil fuels and some minerals so they want every one to cut back on using these resources .
That is every one else except them and their elite crowd .
As an example James Shaw the leader of the Green Party in New Zealand .He is the minister of Climate Change in our government .
He wants to restrict air travel and wants all New Zealander’s to cut back on our use of fossil fuel .He took a party of fellow travelers to COP26 in Glasgow .
When asked “why do you have to go”?” Why can you not use Skype to watch the proceedings” He said” I have to be there ”
One rule for the elite another rule for you and me .

Vincent
Reply to  Graham
April 25, 2022 7:39 am

“These alarming predictions have not eventuated and if those making them were honest they would be pushing for nuclear power to replace fossil fuel as the world relies on plentiful affordable energy to maintain our standard of living .
They do not advocate Nuclear therefore they have another agenda.”

Did you miss the last sentence in my post? “The more sources of energy we can exploit, the better, provided our exploitation does not harm the environment and our health.”

Most sources of energy involve the production of harmful emissions and toxic waste which usually can be managed, but often are not properly managed because of the additional expense which reduces profits.

For example, we can build Ultra-Supercritical coal-fired power stations which emit negligible pollutants and produce energy from the coal more efficiently. However, the production of that coal might involve a lot of environmental damage, toxic waste, and cause health problems to the miners and local residents.

Likewise, Electric Vehicles are very attractice because they produce no pollutants and involve less maintenance than ICE vehicles, but the mining of the metals to produce the EVs and the batteries, might involve a lot of pollutants, environmental damage, toxic waste, and even exploitation of child labour.

When comparing different sources of energy and their uses, one should include the entire chain from the initial mining of the materials used, the transportation of the materials, the manufacturing process, the pollution emitted, and the final disposal or recycling of the equipment and waste at the end of the cycle.

Surely we all know that Nuclear power produces toxic waste that can last hundreds of years, and the potential risk of a repetition of the nuclear disasters which have occurred before, whether due to incompetence, a natural disaster, or a terrorist attack, will increase as the number of nuclear powers plants increase world-wide.

Martin Buchanan
Reply to  Vincent
April 26, 2022 10:45 am

“Surely we all know that Nuclear power produces toxic waste that can last hundreds of years, and the potential risk of a repetition of the nuclear disasters which have occurred before, whether due to incompetence, a natural disaster, or a terrorist attack, will increase as the number of nuclear powers plants increase world-wide”.

Let go of the Soviet green subversion of the ’70s and get current…

http://ossfoundation.us/projects/energy/nuclear

David A
Reply to  Vincent
April 24, 2022 11:12 pm

What a long list of nonsense. The harmful costly CAGW movement has stolen hundreds of billions of dollars from everybody, and has robbed real environmental concerns from funds that would have easily solved those concerns, and created endless FUD in billions of indoctrinated souls.

Richard Page
Reply to  Vincent
April 25, 2022 3:56 am

No. Unfortunately for your argument these “actions which they wouldn’t normally take” are harming the environment, our health and our prosperity. In short they are doing far more harm than good – wind turbines are killing huge swathes of the bird and bat populations whilst requiring an actual increase in hydrocarbon power sources to cover their shortfall, the increased costs are driving people into poverty where they cannot feed themselves and heat their homes at the same time leading to increases in excess deaths every year. These issues are unnecessary and harmful to us all, there is simply no justification for them.

Mark Gobell
April 25, 2022 1:49 am

April 22, 1970 = The first “Earth Day” – Initiated on his centenary and celebrated annually on Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov’s aka Lenin’s birthday …

Earth Day 2016 : COP21 Paris Agreement opened & signed on Earth Day on 22 April 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Agreement

Earth Day 2018 : Greta Thunberg’s “We Dont Have Time” movement launched on 22 April 2018
https://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2019/01/17/the-manufacturing-of-greta-thunberg-for-consent-the-political-economy-of-the-non-profit-industrial-complex/

Earth Day 2020 : Obama calls for people to stand against climate change on 22 April 2020
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/obama-trump-climate-change-earth-day-2020-air-quality-policies-a9479156.html
https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1252983624850341888

Reacher51
April 25, 2022 11:31 am

If we are willing to go back another sixty or so years in time to look at failed predictions, then we get to my favorite New York Times article of all time.

Here is the NYT in 1911 on how wind power and battery storage will keep the earth from inevitably freezing. It’s worth viewing for the photos alone:

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1911/01/01/104852798.html?zoom=14.23&pageNumber=40

RossGH
April 26, 2022 9:16 am

To add a little water to the flame. I recall being in LA in the early 80’s. The air was pretty nasty. The oil industry, that I worked for, was scared of and protesting the power of the California APCDs (Air Pollution Control Districts). I retrospect the APCDs got a lot more right than they got wrong. We own them most of the credit for the clean air. I think, in this case, the system (including checks and balances) worked well. Global Warming is a MUCH more complex challenge.

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