Ed Driscoll

We Only Have Ten Years to Save the Planet From People Who Think It Only Has Ten Years Left

“25 Years Of Predicting The Global Warming ‘Tipping Point’” are collated by Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller, which we’re happy to add to to our growing “Final Countdown” files. It’s a great list of epic enviro-wacko failures, though I’m not sure if  Bastasch is right here:

9. The “tipping point” warning first started in 1989

In the late 1980s the U.N. was already claiming the world had only a decade to solve global warming or face the consequences.

The San Jose Mercury News reported on June 30, 1989 that 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.”

That prediction didn’t come true 15 years ago, and the U.N. is sounding the same alarm today.

This might have been the kick off of the far left’s global warming tipoffs, and as Andrea Mitchell* of NBC admitted the following year, “clearly the networks have made the decision now, where you’d have to call it advocacy,” leaving any shred of objectivity long by the wayside, as we’ve seen. (And increasingly, as the rest of the MSM now openly admits.)

But the now exhausted formula of “We only have [fill in time period] to save the planet” dates back at least to the first Earth Day in 1970, as the I Hate the Media blog noted in 2009 with their own list of expired not-so-final countdowns. Though the big nightmares back then, thanks in part to Paul Ehrlich’s infamous Population Bomb doomsday hectoring of 1968, were starvation, overpopulation, and global cooling. And speaking of the latter item, it was in 1976 that “climatologists said that that global cooling caused drought and fires in California, and produced catastrophic erratic weather globally,” Steve Goddard  wrote on Monday, as evidenced by a press clipping from the New York Times that Goddard has scanned. And don’t miss Jerry Brown on the California drought, then and now.

* Buried lede: Andrea Mitchell once said something accurate. Hard to believe, I know.