Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Earth Day: Spiritually Uplifting, IntellectuallyDebased

By Julian L. Simon

April 22 marks the 25th anniversary of Earth Day.  Now as then its message is spiritually uplifting.  But all reasonable persons who look at the statistical evidence now available must agree that Earth Day's scientific premises are entirely wrong. During the first great Earth Week in 1970 there was panic. The public's outlook for the planet was unrelievedly gloomy.  The doomsaying environmentalists - of whom the dominant figure was Paul Ehrlich - raised the alarm:  The oceans and the Great Lakes were dying; impending great famines would be seen on television starting in 1975; the death rate would quickly increase due to pollution; and rising prices of increasingly-scarce raw materials would lead to a reversal in the past centuries' progress in the standard of living…..To Read More…..

My Take - Julian Lincoln Simon died in 1965 and most remembered for what is know as the Simon–Ehrlich wager, a bet he made with ecologist Paul R. Ehrlich. Ehrlich bet that the prices for five metals would increase over a decade, while Simon took the opposite stance. Simon won the bet, as the prices for the metals sharply declined during that decade.”  He discusses this bet in this commentary and the unwillingness of others of Ehrlich’s ilk who keep drumming environmental doom caused by mankind.  Nothing has changed.  Warmists continue to make claims that even the public knows is horsepucky and use personal ridicule and appeals to authority instead of debating the facts, including “facts” they use that don’t exist!   

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