April 22 is Earth Day and has been every year since 1970. Those who are big on Earth Day are also big on hyperbole. In fact, hyperbole seems to be a golden rule for most progressives and it is used excessively when discussing the environment. Earth Day could easily be re-labeled Hyperbole Day.
On Earth Day in 1970, we were told the earth was dying and if we didn’t act quickly: Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years; 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years; it is already too late to avoid mass starvation; In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution; light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable; the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990.
Those are just a sampling of the dire predictions made in 1970. It is interesting to note that they are similar to predictions made in the 90’s about global warming which have also proved to be false. Many of these predictions supposedly had “science” behind them. Is it any wonder that science is now treated skeptically and convinces no one of anything?
Earth Day legitimized injecting phony science into politics and hyperbole into routine political rhetoric. We have been infected with both ever since and, as a result; it is difficult to know the truth about anything. Earth Day has become saturated with hyperbole, no longer providing useful or believable information concerning the health of the planet. It would not be missed were it to be struck from the calendar.
David J. Hentosh