By MERRILL MATTHEWS
Exaggerations. Some of the most prominent environmentalists have made predictions that now sound silly.
In 2007, the BBC reported that Professor Wieslaw Maslowski told an American Geophysical Union meeting that his modeling showed the Arctic would be ice-free in the summers in five or six years — that is, about four years ago.
Al Gore picked up on that claim and repeated it frequently.
Whether it’s global warming, mass starvation, resource depletion or overpopulation, the environmental crowd’s predictions seldom appear correct, and often seem hysterical, and the public has grown increasingly indifferent to them.
Inconsistencies. Environmentalists’ biggest concern these days is the increase in carbon emissions — currently at 408 parts per million.
There was a time when environmentalists realized that clean energy sources could not meet the needs of a dynamic, industrial economy — at least not anytime soon. So they encouraged transitioning to more natural gas as a cleaner-burning “bridge fuel” until clean energy could replace it.
Were that still their mentality, they would applaud innovative drilling techniques such as fracking, which have allowed us to dramatically increase natural gas production and resulted in the U.S. gradually reducing its carbon emissions.
Instead, they condemn drilling, and especially fracking, while ignoring the environmental problems created by giant wind turbines and solar panels.
For example, the Audubon Society estimates that wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 birds each year — and that’s just in North America. President Obama even issued the turbine industry a special dispensation to kill thousands of eagles and other raptors.
And yet the environmental community winks at this destruction.
Hypocrisies. Some of the most prominent environmental spokespersons travel to conferences around the world in private jets, and upon landing are driven to their destinations in stretch limos so they can scold the rest of us about the need to reduce our fossil-fuel consumption.
The National Center for Public Policy Research just released a report on the amount of electricity Al Gore’s 10,070 square-foot home consumes. According to NCPPR, “Gore guzzles more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years.” And “From August 2016 through July 2017, Gore spent almost $22,000 on electricity bills.”
Oh, and Gore used enough energy to power six average U.S. homes for a year just heating his pool.