New Video from Environmental Policy Alliance Takes Anti-Energy Extremists to Task for False Climate Claims

Obama Administration's Carbon Emissions Rule Caters to Environmentalists' Doomsday Predictions

Aug 04, 2015, 13:08 ET from Environmental Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For decades environmentalists have used hyperbolic predictions of environmental catastrophe to justify costly regulations. In light of President Obama's announcement of severe new limits on carbon emissions, which are expected to have very little impact on global temperatures, the Environmental Policy Alliance released a new video showcasing the ridiculousness of environmentalists' doomsday prophecies.

Despite the alarmist rhetoric espoused by anti-energy activists and politicians, the environment is getting better. Air pollution has been cut in half and U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions are at their lowest levels in 20 years.

"The crux of modern day environmentalism is that things are getting worse. Today we hear alarmist claims that without elimination of fossil fuels, we're facing mass extinction," Will Coggin, director of research at the Environmental Policy Alliance, said. "Not only have environmentalists been wrong for decades, but the environment has improved significantly."

Air quality has improved dramatically since the 1970s based on data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Measures of the six major pollutants: carbon monoxide, ozone, lead, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter (PM2.5) have declined significantly over the past decades—even as the U.S. population and its fossil fuel use has increased.

"Environmentalists know good news doesn't open checkbooks, and so they continue to recklessly claim the sky is falling in hopes of keeping their bank accounts full."

Here are just a few of the claims made that never came to fruition:

Claim: "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." – Harvard Biologist George Wald in 1970
Reality: Civilization hasn't ended.

Claim: "In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution." – LIFE magazine in 1970
Reality: Urban dwellers aren't wearing gas masks.

Claim: "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 in 1970
Reality: Gas stations are still well-stocked, even in 2015.

Not only have these predictions failed to materialize, but fossil fuels are the number one driver of health advancements, technology, and a better quality of life.

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SOURCE Environmental Policy Alliance