USA Today Pushes Climate Panic

Posted: May 12, 2020 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, opinion

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Is there a legal limit to the more outlandish claims of climate alarmists, or if not, why not?

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~

I recently described the all too often case where extreme computer modeling results feed the media into then feeding a public panic. A cascade of mindless fear. See my https://www.cfact.org/2020/04/27/tale-of-two-panics-covid-climate/.

USA Today has now provided a perfect example of promoting model based panic.

Here is their panicky title: “Unsuitable for ‘human life to flourish’: Up to 3B will live in extreme heat by 2070, study warns

Three billion people will live where humans cannot survive? Seriously? Will they become billions of climate refugees? That is the absurd idea, right?

USA Today is a trusted source for many people, but here they publish pure nonsensical alarmist speculation as accepted fact. Note that the headline does not say “study suggests”. No it is “study warns” as though this nonsense were real and something to act on. Perhaps a ten year lockdown is called for…

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  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    The gullible believers are getting desperate. Fewer and fewer people are listening and soon even the politicians will be wondering whether it is worth spending lots of taxpayers money for no return.
    As the money starts to dry up the desperation will be increasing. Wilder and wilder predictions will be made, causing them to lose even more credibility. They are in a downward cycle to derision and oblivion.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Some alarmists at least have worked out that making wild claims for a few years ahead can be embarrassing, so 2050-2100 has become a more popular timescale.

    The more amateur ones still go for doomsday predictions over shorter periods that invariably come up empty. Then there are a few hardy annuals like an ‘ice-free Arctic’, which always seems to be ‘rapidly melting’ and/or facing ‘accelerated warming’ (etc.) but never gets anywhere near the logical result of that.

    Social media likes to censor climate sceptics, but scaring the children is OK?

  3. JB says:

    It would be illuminating (and likely hilarious) to assemble an annotated bibliography of all the doomsday titles published over the last century, from press releases to rags.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    I haven’t trusted USA Today since their second edition.

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    JB – here’s a partial list for ya
    ———————
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    LIST OF DOOMSDAY PREDICTIONS CLIMATE ALARMIST GOT RIGHT

    NONE.
    ZIP.
    ZERO.
    NADA.

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    LIST OF DOOMSDAY PREDICTIONS THE CLIMATE ALARMIST GOT WRONG
    [from Breitbart.com]
    1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
    1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
    1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
    1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
    1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
    1970: Ice Age By 2000
    1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
    1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
    1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
    1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
    1970s: Killer Bees!
    1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
    1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
    1972: New Ice Age By 2070
    1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
    1974: Another Ice Age?
    1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life
    1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
    1977: Department of Energy Says Oil will Peak in 90s
    1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend
    1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes
    1980: Peak Oil In 2000
    1996: Peak Oil in 2020
    1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
    1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
    1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
    1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
    1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
    2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
    2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
    2002: Peak Oil in 2010
    2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
    2005: Manhattan Underwater by 2015
    2006: Super Hurricanes!
    2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
    2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
    2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
    2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet From Catastrophe’
    2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
    2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015
    2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’

  6. Paul Vaughan says:

    I think some of you must have a lot of money in the bank and you’re missing something that is absolutely serious: 3 billion is the number of human beings whose human rights were just severely violated. The left have become rabid savages. Those 3 billion people will run out of money and become homeless if course isn’t corrected with a severe vengeance. This is deadly serious.

    No one gives a f*** about climate “issues” right now.

    Wealthy conservative allies: Match any rescue package the left proposes. Don’t let them use that as a nuclear weapon. Keeping people from drowning from lockdown now will cost a year of investment (since officials failed to listen when we promoted prevention). It will take years to rehabilitate otherwise and many will never be the same. Keep in mind these aren’t dysfunctional drug addicts who’ve proven for decades they’ll waste handouts. These are people who were totally functional and working ten times harder than any of you up until the left f***d them over with a series of baseball bats to the face.

    This is not being handled appropriately by any government anywhere on the planet. Give them euthanasia if your plan is to do nothing. If the right opposes help for these people the left is going to win the biggest landslide victory in human history not because of ideology but because of extreme severe immediate need. The left isn’t responsible enough to be handling this nuke. TAKE IT FROM THEM. Be the master of generosity so they can’t rape the world. You have to get it right. It’s no-fail territory.

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