July 14, 2012
The Seas Are Rising, the Seas Are Rising!
The sky is falling, the sky is falling, cried Chicken Little. The children's tale resonates today as hundreds of scientists are running around like chickens with their heads cut off (to extend the metaphor) screaming about projected catastrophic consequences caused by rises in sea level. Like Chicken Little, there is an outside chance they may be right -- but the evidence says no. Remember the predictions by scientist Paul Ehrlich in his 1968 book The Population Bomb? According to the groupthink of the early part of the modern environmental movement, by the year 2000, earthlings will be living on top of each other awaiting the end of times due to the absence of clean air, water, food, and shelter if birth rates were not curtailed immediately. As it turned out, the theory of unintended consequences trumped the certitudes of eminent scientists. Not only did the earth not run out of resources, but nations that took Ehrlich's eschatological predictions seriously...(Read Full Article)