In 1982, the director of the United Nations Environment Program said that lack of action by nations would bring an environmental disaster by the turn of the century, which “would witness devastation as complete, as irreversible as a nuclear holocaust.”
In 1989, a senior U.N. environmental official said, “Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”
In 2007, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman said if there is no action before 2012, then it would be too late to fight climate change.
In 2009, NASA’s James Hansen said that President Obama has only four years to save earth.
This is just a sample. The list of expired and false doomsdays goes on.
Recently, we have been warned in this forum that we must implement IPCC recommendations and carbon taxes because we are running out of time.
Are we not already out of time? Considering all the dire deadlines that have come and gone, I urge our government leaders to think long and hard before implementing climate change solutions that could end up being worse than the alleged problem.
West Valley City
Copyright 2017, Deseret News Publishing Company