Five Environmental Crises That Have Come And Gone

Five Environmental Crises That Have Come And Gone
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus

What do extreme environmentalists do when their claims of looming catastrophe are shown to be unscientific or even ridiculous? They either abandon their current claim and find another cause to scare the public or they change the name of the fright they’re peddling.

The history compiled by environmentalist scaremongers isn’t something they should be proud of (image from, CC0 Public Domain).

Consider this. We no longer hear of “acid rain” destroying crops and other vegetation. “Ozone depletion” was supposed to cause cataclysmic increases in human cancer and more – but there is no mention of it today. Another bygone scourge known as “deforestation” had its share of frightening publicity, but we hear it no more. Another great worry aimed at the public was “overpopulation” and it, too, is no longer being marketed as a significant threat. Then, “auto emissions” became the target of those who insisted the automobile did far more harm than good.

Now we are supposedly being victimized by “climate change,” the most dire environmental problem ever to plague mankind, according to scaremongering environmentalists and sloppy journalists. Climate change was formerly known as global warming. When competent scientists poked big holes in the global warming propaganda, its leading advocates arranged the name change. We are now told that rising temperatures caused by human activity warms the planet, will melt polar ice, cause a significant rise in sea levels, and put dry coastal areas under water.

The history compiled by environmentalist scaremongers isn’t something they should be proud of. Acid rain had been named as the killer of spruce trees in Vermont and elsewhere. When a group of scientists went to see this calamity, they had to fight their way through healthy young spruce trees in order to find those dead or dying. But their search proved fruitless because there were none. Ozone depletion was going to cause skin cancer, cataracts, and damage to mankind’s immune system. The main culprit was chlorofluorocarbons used in air conditioners, as a cleaning agent for electronic parts, and more. Soon, the claims about the ozone hole disappeared but not until expensive studies showed the concerns to be absurd.

Deforestation of the Brazilian rain forest became an environmental cause in the early 1980s. But when the UN’s World Bank was found to be the financier of a 900-mile road-building project right through the forest, pressure for terminating it succeeded and the rain forest was left to grow naturally. Overpopulation then became the environmental cause d’jour.

Famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau wrote in the November 1991 UNESCO Courier, “In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.” Fast forward several decades and demographers in various countries are now worried about declining birth rates. Overpopulation is no longer being discussed.

In 2014, climatologist Dr. Patrick Michaels, formerly of the University of Virginia and currently the leader of Cato Institute’s Center for the Study of Science, provided data showing “no significant warming trend in surface average temperature for 18 consecutive years.” At MIT in Massachusetts, Dr. Richard Lindzen became nationally known as a “climate skeptic.” Over at Harvard University, Dr. Willie Soon has paralleled Lindzen’s skepticism and angered the climate change partisans. But numerous former believers have moved into the camp of the skeptics. They all concede that temperatures will rise and fall; they don’t concede that humans are the cause.

More than sloppy science is at work here. Even before he was Secretary of State (2013-2017), John Kerry beat the climate change drum. In 2015, he pontificated, “When science tells us that our climate is changing and human beings are largely causing that change, by what right do people stand up and say ‘I dispute that’ or ‘I deny that elementary truth?’” He claims climate change is a more serious threat than terrorism, poverty, and weapons of mass destruction. Because of climate change, he wants government restrictions placed on people. His goal, easily known by studying his career, is a world government run by him and others like him.

If the people become aware that the claims of climate change advocates are pure nonsense, even dangerous nonsense, Kerry and his ilk will come up with some other scheme to frighten people into giving up their freedoms. We should make sure they don’t get away with it. Join The John Birch Society today to take action!

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McManus_2Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American.

2 Comments on “Five Environmental Crises That Have Come And Gone”

  1. Douglas Logan says:

    All of these “scare tactics” are constantly used over and over and new ones are invented by the “deaf and dumb” news media and then re-cycled again and again. Good and decent Americans should become informed and join the John Birch Society and then work to create an environment of less government and more personal responsibility and a better world. And as a part of that creation, I want to let the people of America know that our Founding Fathers gave us a Republic not a democracy. I believe that we have to get enough Americans to realize this fact if we are to save our great Nation. So, we are Republic not a Democracy, lets keep it that way!


  2. Born in 1951, the war drums echoed the next crisis, whether we thought it justified or not the war machine took the lead and in the name of humanity justified, compassion was the cause, abuse and inhumane behaviors were the means to which our citizens were sent in harms way suggesting if we are neutral a day will come it enters our shores, and all the media propaganda and school yard drills it became reality we armed ourselves to the hilt thru pumping up the devastation awaiting if we failed to act and away our young were on their way to combat for peoples unknown needs assisted by our federal government hyped up fear mongering agenda. The excursion was Viet Nam North Korea versus South Korea a war or intervention controlled by Washington D. C. bureaucrats being instructed by high up governmental departments thru communications of their political biases encouraged by those whom authorized the movement to strike the North establishing battle lines a limit no one crosses to this day. In fact surrender was never declared meaning its still an active powder keg. Since their was no declaration our soldiers were left out to answer for something they had no control over the Generals were overridden by political interests, causes were proclaimed by environmental movements, humanitarian movements, war protesting movements, anarchists were created thru every movement combining their numbers used to create the newest crisis of multiple prongs. In the mix were KGB old guards infiltrating our public institution, our divisions were in place and our uneducated youth were at the mercy of a growing socialist occupying professorship prearranged by our politically charged Department of Education thru party loyalists, (Feel free to imagine what party had designs on America’s fruited plains). A hint the Jane and Kerry and McCain were complicit in the treatment these honorable soldiers were welcomed home after a cease fire was declared. I remember when the announce came : The New York Thruway is close Man, yes Sir Woodstock the recruitment center of all times. Every cause , movement, cult, politic, were emotionally groomed in accordance to which group or groups you sided with which was dependent upon the drug of choice and its ease in acquiring it throughout the jamming array of Rock and Roll encouragers. Freedom was the mantra, yet its cause was everything but freedoms cause, it was a call to dependents allures, a generation or two of stoned young adults baited into life’s abandonments thru days and days of indoctrinating mind enhancers slowly influencing them without a clue to its long lasting effects harmful to our Republic and their opportunities to prosperity those very causes would have provided, this solidified for generations a battle to come. A division each new cause would widen at their expense yet unknown dedication has no limits upon its unsuspecting allured innocence. We all witness today what this behavior rot in its wake of the ongoing avalanche of perversive new lifestyles with nothing but gross immorality to speak of the family values it disrupted is to be forced to observe its obscenity. I could lament in the now but we already live in it, suffice it to say we somehow have a President capable and willing to give up his treasures, his possessions, even his life to bring America back to its restored greatness of its foundations built by strengths not weakened human infrastructure built on pourous grounds by exposure to lifes doubting Thomas’s.


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