“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate … that there won’t be any more crude oil,” ecologist Kenneth Watt warned around the time of the first Earth Day event. “You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ’er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'” Watt also warned of global cooling and nitrogen buildup rendering all of the planet’s land unusable.None of it happened. Instead, here's what we got that was the exact opposite of the predictions:
- The USA is set to become the world's biggest oil producer
- The EPA reports emissions of the 6 pollutants they track (ozone, carbon monoxide, lead, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulates) have dropped by an aggregate 77% since 1970.
- World hunger has dropped precipitously, to the point where just two countries now experience persistent hunger and malnutrition. Those countries are North Korea and Venezuela, and their situations have nothing to do with climate change.
- For the first time ever there are less than a billion people worldwide who do not have access to electricity.