Flashback: U.N. Says Global Warming Will Destroy ‘Entire Nations’ … by 2000
Climate change alarmists often talk about the dire need to solve the world’s global warming “crisis.” If we don’t act soon, they claim, the world will face disasters unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. “Trust us,” they say. “This is science. Don’t be a ‘science denier.'”
Admittedly, I once “trusted” the “consensus” that global warming is being caused by humans and will soon be catastrophic. Over time, however, as many of the predictions made by the alarmists failed to come true, I became increasingly skeptical of their claims. The more I learned, the less certain their claims appeared. Although I think it’s impossible to say definitively humans aren’t contributing to climate change in some fashion, the science we have about the degree to which humans are contributing and the consequences of those contributions seems contrary to the assertions made by alarmists, who can’t even prove that humans are definitely to blame.
For many, however, the ringing endorsement of the climate change theory by many scientists is enough to convince them of the theory’s truthfulness. Although there are many high-profile, brilliant scientists who are skeptical, it’s human nature to go with the majority opinion, and I think it’s fair to say the majority opinion is that humans are mostly responsible for global warming (there is no reliable data on this, though).
So, what can skeptics say to people who say we should go with the majority view? One of the most effective evidences to use is examining the majority view of the past. Many of the same people crying about the impending climate-change doom that’s supposedly just around the corner today were making similar claims 20-40 years ago, and even those that weren’t around then were likely taught by alarmists who were. In other words, many climate scientists have been making inaccurate predictions for a very, very long time. Below is one example I recently came across that’s particularly laughable. Enjoy.
“A senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos, said Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program. He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human [control.]”
Published on June 30, 1989, San Jose Mercury News (CA)