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Since the 60s, environmental alarmism is still a constant.

Since the 60s, environmental alarmism is still a constant.

Environmental Alarmism Has Hardly Changed Since the 60s

Jan 18: Shoppers peruse the produce aisle in a Whole Foods Market, New York.



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Congress has been unable to pass the Biden administration’s ambitious climate change agenda. But, Congress has continued to wage war on coal, oil, natural-gas, and other resources.

The White House tried to fill the top Federal Reserve Board posts with people who want to see the Fed restrict capital flows to fossil fuels.

Jerome Powell

Companies are not able to fight four-decade-high rates of inflation. The Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to force companies to disclose detailed data about their carbon emissions. Republican Senator.

Pat Toomey

Correctly, this is described as a thinly disguised effort to have unelected financial regulators determine America’s climate and energy policies.

Understanding the stubbornness of the Biden administration is easier if you understand how long environmental alarmism captured the imagination of intellectual elites. Overpopulation was the greatest existential threat before global warming. The 1960s saw the birth of the modern green movement. Apocalyptic predictions were a staple of this realm for decades. In 1967, William and

Paul Paddock

Famine 1975, wrote 1968

Paul Ehrlichs

The Population Bomb declared the end of the struggle to feed all humanity. The 1970s will see the end of the struggle to feed all humanity.

Nixon created a task force in 1969 to study the effects of population growth. This month marks 50 years since the release of the findings by the Rockefeller Commission on Population Growth and the American Future. The document predicted an almost endless list of disasters that a more populous America would face. More droughts, famines, and pollution were on the horizon. Deforestation, mineral depletion, and energy shortages were all inevitable. It was inevitable that there would be higher poverty rates and fewer opportunities for employment. It concluded that there is no economic argument to support continued growth in the national population. Recognizing the inevitability of a growing population, the Commission recommends the nation plan for a stable population.

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These predictions are still valid five decades later. The U.S. now has a population of more than 330million, compared to 200 million in 1970. Americans are able to breathe cleaner air and drink more water than they were 50 years ago. The current unemployment rate, while it may reflect a labor shortage, is lower than ever. The trends have been positive internationally, even though the world’s population has increased by more than half a century. Since 1990, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been tracking the quality of water, air, and natural habitats in 180 different countries for over a decade. 178 have shown improvement. Between 1990-2014, the proportion of land reserved for wildlife reserves, national parcs, and the like increased 80%. Marine conservation areas nearly doubled.

Today’s green activists tend not to be concerned about climate change as much as population growth. However, they use the same scare tactics and make just as outrageous predictions. Climate activist said that we are trying to limit climate change so that we don’t wipe out civilizations.

Bill McKibben.

Rep.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

According to the Atlantic magazine, the world will end 12 years from now if we don’t address climate change.

The New York Times

Reports indicate that climate change is already affecting food availability and that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, food prices will also rise.

In reality, global food production has increased tremendously since 1960s and can easily supply all the nutritional requirements of the planet. Since 1980, the worldwide number of deaths from famine has been between 90% and 95% lower than in the first half 20th century. Ideological environmentalism is not about following the science and the data. It is about threatening others to accept your way of thinking. It’s about restricting the freedom of people to make their own decisions and live as they please. The White House and its green allies don’t really want to win public sentiment through facts or reason. They see public sentiment and the legislative process as obstacles that can be overcome with any means.

Worse, the administration’s environmental priorities appear unaffected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. At a time where domestic fossil-fuel production could give the U.S. all manner of leverage in helping other allies in this region, rebuff

Vladimir Putins

Mr. Biden has been reluctant change his course. Geopolitical considerations are put aside in the fight against global warming, even though it means that thousands of people die and millions are displaced and autocracies like Russia and China gain the upper hand.

Wonder Land (08/11/21): Democrats have destroyed cities and the border. Why should climate policy be any other? Images: Zuma Press/Getty Images Compose: Mark Kelly

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