The Chicken Little “Doomsday” Predictions of Paul Ehrlich Are Alive And Well (But Still Wrong)
Why does the left always have to push some sort of catastrophe? From the “plandemic” to the bogus climate change, these fear mongers never get tired of trying to place a black cloud over humanity.
On Sunday, which also happened to be New Year’s day, it took CBS only 19 hours to attempt to introduce more fear.
Fortunately, the voice of doom that they chose has been wrong for over 50 years.
Paul Ehrlich is essentially like Charlie Brown every fall when Lucy pulls the football away as Charlie tries to kick it. He keeps making predictions and even though they’re always wrong, he keeps making them.
In 1968, Ehrich wrote a book titled “The population Bomb.” In that book Erlich predicted:
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.”
In 1969 Erlich wrote an essay titled “Eco Catastrophe.” In that essay he predicted:
“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.”
In April of 1970, Ehrlich declared in that month’s issue of Mademoiselle:
“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.”
On the very first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, Erlich predicted in an article carried in The Progressive that between 1980 and 1989 approximately 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans would perish in what he called the “Great Die-Off.”
In May of 1970, in that months issue of Audubon, he claimed that chlorinated hydrocarbons and DDT: “May have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945.” He believed that any American born from 1946 on would only have a life expectancy of 49 years. He doubled down by claiming if current patterns didn’t change the life expectancy would be reduced to 42 years by 1980.
That same year, again speaking about air pollution, he predicted that it was: “Certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” He believed that “Smog Disasters” would kill 200,000 Americans in 1973 in New York and Los Angeles.
In 1971, he gave a speech and forecast this for the U.K.
“By the year 2000, the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people. If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”
In 1975, Ehrlich predicted: “That since more than nine-tenths of the original tropical rainforests will be removed within the next 30 years or so, it is expected that half of the organisms in these areas will vanish with it.”
So as you can see, this guy makes a local weatherman look like Nostradamus.
Still, CBS trotted out the now 90-year-old soothsayer, along with his cracked and cloudy crystal ball, to see if he could convince the naïve and witless one more time that “the end was near.”
He gave it the old college try too. The only thing missing was a placard around his neck saying “Doom.”
So on CBS’s “60 Minutes” here is what Ehrlich prognosticated this time.
“The next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to. Humanity is consuming 175 percent of what the earth can generate. Oh, humanity is not sustainable. To maintain our lifestyle, yours, and mine, basically, for the entire planet, you’d need five more Earths. Not clear where they’re going to come from.”
Scott Pelley, who was conducting the interview, then asked:
“Just in terms of the resources that would be required?
“Resources that would be required, the systems that support our lives, which, of course, are the biodiversity that we’re wiping out. Humanity is very busily sitting on a limb that we’re sawing off.”
It should be noted that between his 1968 book and the present, the world’s population grew by 129 percent, and none of his predictions came true.
As far as decreasing resources is concerned:
The World Database on Protected Areas reported that 15 percent of the planet’s land surface was covered by protected areas in 2017. That’s an area almost double the size of the United States. Marine protected areas covered nearly 7 percent of the world’s oceans. That’s an area more than twice the size of South America. Plans are afoot to increase the size of the protected areas substantially.
Sorry Paul, it seems that humanity is doing just fine.
It’s way past time for you to stop your gloom and doom edict and for CBS and all of the MSM to stop blaming our very existence for everything.
Humanity has always been more creator than destroyer and paranoid rhetoric can’t change that fact.