18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970

1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.

Read on…. h/t RM

  • DMB

    Earth Day is really a commemoration of the Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin who was born on this day of April 22nd 1870. Earth Day is used as ploy to denounce capitalism and promote socialism under the mask of environmentalism. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/417314/happy-lenins-birthday-iain-murray

    • Earth Day Is Communist!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Just like ‘International Women’s Day’.
        Were it really international, we’d celebrate it here.

    • mauser 98

      thx…….. damn right

    • Uncle_Waspy

      Communism badly needed rebranding when its horrible failures became known. The Berlin Wall served as a perfect metaphor: The system was just a giant prison.

    • It’s my mum’s birthday today.

      As she did not kill anyone or form a secret police with torture chambers, it’s better to celebrate her birthday than Earf Day.

  • Dana Garcia

    Funny, none of them forecast that California would turn Mexican in a few decades from liberal immigration anarchy. That would have been a correct apocalyptic prediction.

    • Clausewitz

      Jerry Brown is still working on that by denying water to the Imperial Valley, which once was the fruit basket of North America. These days captian moonbean seems more interested in it’s desertification.

      • mauser 98

        it was planned

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Addressing number one might I suggest that Kill All The Whiteys is missing from the end of it.

    • Clausewitz

      As a representative of Whities everywhere, all I have to say is, “We got guns”.

  • Xavier

    I was just wondering how people 50 years from now would look back on the hoaxes being promulgated today.

    Crap, it’s past 8! Gotta go light the tires!

    • Clausewitz

      Where’s my flying car???? Damn lying Jetsons.

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        Is this your garage?

        If so, I completely understand your frustration with the Jetsons.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    He recycled his girlfriend, yet had no shortage of supporters on the left.
    You know, greater good and all that!

  • mauser 98

    what will be the exact temperature a week from now?

  • Never under-estimate the power of alarmism.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    On a New Year’s Eve Johnny Carson show around ten years later, Criswell predicted that the world would run out of cemetery space and that bodies would have to be cremated and buried in coffins the size of dice. Carson replied, “I guess you could call that crapping out.”

  • lgeubank

    Ira Einhorn wasn’t really the founder of Earth Day. He was more of a “horner-in” on Earth Day, who just inserted himself onto the speaker’s platform and acted like he was in charge. That’s according to a book I read about him, which was apparently The Unicorn’s Secret but which I remembered as The Unicorn Killer.

    Einhorn was a famous counter-cultural type in Philadelphia — a sort of go-between or liaison who explained all the “cosmic wisdom” of the hippies to the squares. And like the spoiled brat he was, he couldn’t stand to be dumped by Holly Maddux.