25 years of predicting that it is almost too late….

The end if nigh unless we act now or next month.

It seems like every year the “tipping point” is close to being reached, and that the world must get rid of fossil fuels to save the planet. That is, until we’ve passed that deadline and the next such “tipping point” is predicted.

Would you believe it was eight years ago today that the United Nations predicted we only had “as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more.” This failed prediction, however, has not stopped the U.N. from issuing more apocalyptic predictions since.

To celebrate more than two decades of dire predictions, The Daily Caller News Foundation presents this list of some of the “greatest” predictions made by scientists, activists and politicians — most of which we’ve now passed.

h/t Don Aitkin.

Somewhere there is a small group of well-placed people entirely exercised by the felt need to secure a climate deal in Paris at the end of the year, and doing their best to see that the world follows suit. The Pope has been employed to issue an encyclical on the subject, though on last reading he may be delaying its publication for further thought. But many others have begun to issue warnings about the need for action, like the Australian Medical Association. Christiana Figueres, the Executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the body that defined it as being change caused by human activity) visited Australian recently to tell us that we must stop mining coal, or else….

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17 Responses to 25 years of predicting that it is almost too late….

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Pope has been employed to issue an encyclical on the subject, though on last reading he may be delaying its publication for further thought.

    News in the NYT was that the encyclical was completed a couple weeks ago and is being translated into a number of languages ready for issuing.

    The much-anticipated environmental encyclical that Pope Francis plans to issue this summer is already being translated into the world’s major languages from the Latin final draft, so there’s no more tweaking to be done, several people close to the process have told me in recent weeks.

    If it is at all consistent with the news of Francis’ intending to speak at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on September 25th my thought is he could be about to make the biggest papal mistake since the Reformation.

    Global temperature has now been flat for 18 years and 6 months. That is because actual equilibrium climate sensitivity is too low to cause harm.

  2. Boambee John

    25 years ago, the person on the street corner with a sandwich board reading “Repent, the end is nigh” was considered to be an unbalanced religious fanatic. Now such a person uses a computer to spread the same message, and is regarded as a great scientist.

  3. Token

    From the same Jonah Goldberg article I quoted from in the OT:

    As I’ve written many times, this phenomenon is most obvious in the realm of environmentalism, where some acolytes are occasionally willing to testify to their faith. Prominent environmental lawyer Joseph Sax describes environmentalists as “secular prophets, preaching a message of secular salvation.”

    In 2008, Al Gore was on NPR. He mocked — rightly — Joseph Hagee’s claim that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for New Orleans’s sexual depravity. But then, almost in the same breath, he cast Katrina as Gaia’s punishment for our environmental depravity. It’s the same theodical impulse under a different flag.

  4. zaphod

    “We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan
    In accents most forlorn
    Outside the church ere Mass began
    One frosty Sunday morn.

  5. Baldrick

    I predict that we’ve reached the last window of opportunity of unsustainable and irreversible peak tipping point.

  6. blogstrop

    I’m no longer surprised at the media, academe and certain politicians (and scientists) getting on this scamwagon, but having such a wrongheaded Pope is a worry. Can we ask Pell to have a word with him?

  7. Craig Mc

    Would you believe…

    Best delivered in a Maxwell Smart voice.

  8. Fred Lenin

    Hey Rafe remember the old cartoons of the miserable looking little guy with the sandwich board reading “Prepare to meet thy Doom !”, bet he didnt get a Grubbermint Grant of thousands of Taxpayer dollars ,what about paying the Doomsayers what he got ? Price of a pie and a cup of coffee.

  9. Fred Lenin

    Theres gotta be a quid in this Gerbil Worming ,just look at the sort of maggots it attracts .

  10. thefrollickingmole

    Its fun to use the “tipping point passed’ against the people opposing Lomborgs centre at UWA.
    When you point out the ex-apocalyptic predictions that 400ppm (oops, passed it) is now gone they tie themselves up in the most furious knots trying to walk away from it.

  11. Scott

    On the plus side, if the Pope issues an encyclical, it should settle once-and-for-all the question about whether or not belief in CAGW is a matter of religious faith. And another thing. will card-carrying members of the green-left also be endorsing the Pope’s views on abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage and the like? One only has to posit the question to know the answer.

  12. Token

    Hey Rafe remember the old cartoons of the miserable looking little guy with the sandwich board reading “Prepare to meet thy Doom !”, bet he didnt get a Grubbermint Grant of thousands of Taxpayer dollars ,what about paying the Doomsayers what he got ?

    As Tim Blair noted last week, if the guy added “sustainable” into his message the Australia Council would’ve popped by to give him his $10k of taxpayer provided art funding.

  13. jupes

    I predict that we’ve reached the last window of opportunity of unsustainable and irreversible peak tipping point.

    We can only hope (I think).

    I can understand lefties wanting to believe this global warming shit, and 20 years ago it may have even seemed to the gullible that it was actually happening. Plenty of (then) reputable scientists were telling us it was true so why would a gullible lefty question something that ticked so many boxes?

    However at some point, the scales would have had to drop from their eyes. There is just far too much evidence now to still believe this crap. Anyone still spruiking AGW is lying.

    And yet … soon the government will be making a decision on the RET. Unless they drop the scheme altogether, they will be caving in to the lefty AGW lobby. It will cost billions, raise the price of electricity and be another stab in the back for manufacturing in this country. I bet no one involved in the discussions even mentioned the elephant in the room – the fact global temperatures have not risen for 18 years and six months.

    When will we get leaders who put the national interest – and truth – before craven, ignorant pandering to left wing lobby groups? Where are the conservative politicians in Australia who will put an end to this scam?

  14. jupes

    When you point out the ex-apocalyptic predictions that 400ppm (oops, passed it) is now gone they tie themselves up in the most furious knots trying to walk away from it.

    No no, the tipping point is (now) 450 ppm.

    True. Some idiot mentioned it last week.

  15. JohnA

    Token #1685646, posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

    From the same Jonah Goldberg article I quoted from in the OT:

    As I’ve written many times, this phenomenon is most obvious in the realm of environmentalism, where some acolytes are occasionally willing to testify to their faith. Prominent environmental lawyer Joseph Sax describes environmentalists as “secular prophets, preaching a message of secular salvation.”

    Except that this mob are not prepared to die for their faith. They want everybody else to do so.

  16. Lem

    can understand lefties wanting to believe this global warming shit, and 20 years ago it may have even seemed to the gullible that it was actually happening.

    As usual, the smart ones are those who get in at the beginning of the bull run on the market, then time their exit when steam is running out of the industry, and they have exited safely after milking it for all it’s worth and with their money firmly invested elsewhere. Often river front era estate, it is said.

    Pity for the poor brainwashed young “academics” who have gotten on board too late to make a quid, or retrain. Well, sort of pity.

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