The Incessant “Chicken Littling” of the Left Over the Years

Doomsdays that have come and gone.

FOX – An Associated Press headline from 1989 read “Rising seas could obliterate nations: U.N. officials.” The article detailed a U.N. environmental official warning that entire nations would be eliminated if the world failed to reverse warming by 2000.

Then there were the fears that the world would experience a never-ending “cooling trend in the Northern Hemisphere.” That claim came from an “international team of specialists” cited by The New York Times in 1978.

Just years prior, Time magazine echoed other media outlets in suggesting that “another ice age” was imminent. “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 warned in 1974. The Guardian similarly warned in 1974 that “Space satellites show new Ice Age coming fast.”

In 1970, The Boston Globe ran the headline, “Scientist predicts a new ice age by 21st century.” The Washington Post, for its part, published a Columbia University scientist’s claim that the world could be “as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age.”

Some of the more dire predictions came from Paul Ehrlich, a biologist who famously urged population control to mitigate the impacts of humans on the environment. Ehrlich, in 1969, warned that “everybody” would “disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years,” The New York Times reported.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Ehrlich, warning of a “disastrous” famine,” urged placing “sterilizing agents into staple foods and drinking water.”


17 Comments on The Incessant “Chicken Littling” of the Left Over the Years

  1. The article attached says Cortez previously joked the earth would end in 12 years. She did not make the claim in jest. She knows nothing about garbage disposals and even less about climate.

  2. I remember those days well. The hand wringing about the “big freeze” and famine were a constant drumbeat in the mid to late 70’s.
    Back then Ehrlich and others were making wild claims that cooler heads refuted but were scarcely reported. Today’s younger generation have been marinated in this warming hysteria and lack a frame of reference to understand the manipulation.

  3. “According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Ehrlich, warning of a “disastrous” famine,” urged placing “sterilizing agents into staple foods and drinking water.””

    …I’d be up for that in Muslim lands…

  4. Better late to the table than to never get there. By the early to mid-1970’s I had already picked up on the fact that this whole thing was one big fat scam. It was transparently obvious what was going on.

  5. Born in the early ’50s, my younger brother has confessed to living his life in anticipation of these doomsday predictions. He is smart, grew to distrust the claims and is angry they keep changing and morphing to enslave other young people with fear.

    Did not get married – why? World was going to end. Has found a wonderful widow and enjoys her grandchildren. He would have been a wonderful dad.


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