Bogus climate claims: Think tank rolls up doomsday scenarios that never happened

The biggest trouble with getting behind politicians and commentators who push global warming are the bold, but troublesome predictions they make.

Case in point: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims the world only has 12 years before extinction.

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The Obamas think the coasts will soon be swallowed by water, yet they are spending millions to live there.

But there are many more wacky cases that played out in the media recently.

And they haven’t gone unnoticed. The right-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute has now compiled a list of 50 years worth of doomsday scenarios that have been pushed by leftists, but simply gone up in smoke. Whatever you believe about climate change, it’s hard to deny that leftists have been a little overheated and excited in their rhetoric once you look at this report.

Competitive Enterprise Institute went back pretty far in their report. A 1989 Associated Press headline screamed: “Rising seas could obliterate nations: U.N. officials.” The article went into a U.N. environmental official’s theory that the United States would disappear by the year 2000 if global warming was not reversed.

Time magazine warned its readers in 1974 that an ice age was headed our way.

“Telltale signs are everywhere — from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest,” the magazine reported.

The Guardian warned that same year that “space satellites show new Ice Age coming fast.”

The ice age theory was actually quite popular for a while, which seems silly now as states experience major heatwaves this summer.

“Scientist predicts a new ice age by 21st century,” The Boston Globe reported in 1970.

The Washington Post published Columbia University scientist’s theory that the world was “as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age.”

Amazingly, time has proven all of these wrong. But that doesn’t stop dangerous rhetoric pushed today by leading leftists, including many presidential candidates.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a great example.

She claims there was “dry humor + sarcasm” in her 12 years statement, but her wacky Green New Deal says otherwise. She has also predicted that Miami will be underwater in just a few years.

ABC News released a fear-mongering video in 2008 that showed global warming causing water to swallow major portions of New York City.

And then there’s Al Gore, the man who brought global warming doomsday scenarios to the mainstream with his 2006 hit “documentary” “An Inconvenient Truth.” Gore predicted that Arctic ice would completely melt in seven years. This prediction was made in the early 2000s. Following his prediction, Arctic ice actually expanded. It is now melting at a quicker rate, but the expansion and then melting seems to support theories that global warming is part of a cycle that is not nearly as threatening to human life as leftists would have us believe.

CEI’s report has also dropped only days before the U.N. Climate Action Summit, an event that promises to “spark the transformation that is urgently needed and propel action that will benefit everyone.”

Global warming activists would be taken far more seriously if their dire warnings did not sound like they were trying to pitch studios on doomsday sequels.


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