Earth Day 28 Years Ago

So the Washington Policy Center wrote an article recently to bring to light predictions made at the first “earth day”. Surprise, surprise. It was full of gloom and doom.

“…civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind,” biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970.

For those born recently, he means civilization was to have ended in 1985.

But that wasn’t the money quote.  Oh no.  That was merely ironic amusement, to prepare you for the real quotation of dollarage:

“By being skeptical about routine portents of doom, we can stay focused on the real threats that face our planet, and on the reasonable and achievable actions we as a society can take to meet them.”

Really?  So we can safely–in 2008–be skeptical of claims of declining food production global cooling, and the end of civilization by 1985 (now that they have been proven laughably wrong)?  But we have to focus on the “real” threats such as _____*?  And we have to pretend that these threats, unlike those proclaimed in 1970, are “reasonable”?

And we have to take action “as a society” (collectivism backed by government fiat enforced at gunpoint)?

Heh.  Nice try.

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