Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Science/Technology | Tags: Economist Mark J. Perry, Entomologist Paul Erlich, Karlyn Bowman
Today is “Earth Day” and many communities try to observe it, because not caring would be a potential negative. Mostly they offer opportunities for volunteering for something or other, often recycling. Most people care about clean air and clean water, but except for Flint, Michigan, the air is pretty clean and the water is fine. Hillary, typically, in her speech after winning the primary in New York suggested that Flint was a common problem throughout the country and hardly anyone had safe water, which is bunk.
I write about climate a lot, but I should admit clearly that I am not only not a climate scientist, but not any kind of scientist. I did, however, grow up very rural in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains (that’s stretching it a bit) on 400 acres at around 4000′ elevation between National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land. I spent most of my time outdoors, and the protestations of coming climate disaster from a bunch of city people always seemed like bunk to me. Some winters we had not much more than 3′ of snow on the level and some winters we had five feet. We had a couple of miles of river frontage with plentiful trout, and I once stepped on an eel to the astonishment of both of us.
President Obama sees climate change as an urgent issue of national security, but the public in general does not. They see terrorism, the economy, health care and government spending as far bigger issues. Only 29% of Democrats are worried about climate change as a voting issue, and 3% of Republicans. according to Karlyn Bowman at AEI.
Also at AEI, scholar and economist Mark J. Perry who a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan, Flint, lists for Earth Day “18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more today.” Paul Erlich is of course on the list. which ranges from greatest cataclysm in the history of man, through mass starvation, to urban dwellers having to wear gas masks to survive, and sunlight reduced by one half. Spectacularly wrong.
Filed under: Environment, History, Junk Science, News of the Weird, Science/Technology | Tags: "The Population Bomb", Entomologist Paul Erlich, Still Warning of Overpopulation
Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist, became famous 46 years ago for his book The Population Bomb, which has been widely debunked. He was back this week on HuffPost Live doubling down on his climate change and overpopulation fear mongering.
He has admitted that his outrageously wrong predictions of human “oblivion” didn’t come to pass (we’re still here), but has never given up on the idea that the dangers of overpopulation are growing, blaming Republicans and the media for failing to take action.
He told HuffPost host Josh Zepps that humans must soon begin contemplating “eat[ing] the bodies of your dead” after resources are depleted. He remains an alarmist at 82. He claims that the scarcity of resources will be so bad that humans will need to drastically change our eating habits and our agriculture.
The Population Bomb predicted that “in the 1970s the world will undergo famines — hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death” and our children”will inherit a totally different world, a world in which the standards, politics, and economics of the 1960’s are dead.”
He attacked pro-life Americans, accusing them of trying to kill women by making abortion illegal, and called for “backup abortions” for any woman whose birth control failed, in an attempt to control “breeding.” He has consistently favored population control, abortion, and I assume, China’s one child policy.
He seems to have missed the Green Revolution entirely. But predicting cannibalism as a necessary evil is going a little too far.
It must be hard when you have one big celebrated idea, and it is widely debunked, and events prove that you were way wrong. Ehrlich is not alone in that. The climate and environmentalism are full of such cases.