I know, keeping track of failed environmental doomsday predictions is such bad form, and is too easy besides. But it is necessary to remind everyone anyway. Over at Fox News Maxim Lott reminds us of five predictions for the year 2015 that don’t looks so good right now:
1) UN overestimated global warming by 2015
2) All Rainforest Species Will Be Extinct
3) Oil will run out by 2015
4) Arctic sea ice will disappear by 2015.
5) Looking to the future: A billion people could die from climate change by 2020
Lott has the details for each of these at the link. By the way, prediction #5 was made by Obama’s science adviser, John Holdren.
Meanwhile, Bryan Walsh of Time magazine is bucking for a Green Weenie with his 2011 article making fun of Michele Bachmann for claiming the U.S. could have $2 gasoline again. Said the cocksure Mr. Walsh in “Why Michele Bachmann’s $2-a-Gallon Gas Promise Is a Fantasy”:
On Wednesday Michele Bachmann said something that’s just very, very wrong. Which isn’t unusual in and of itself but is something that needs to be debunked. At a campaign stop in South Carolina, the Minnesota Representative took on the high price of gasoline:“The day that the President became President, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today. Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.”
So Bachmann has promised to bring gasoline below $2 a gallon — a 56% decrease from the current average price of $3.58 a gallon. Now, there are a few things wrong with this.