Economy, Politics

“Goodbye New York.” In 1969, A Climate Change ‘Intellectual’ Predicted Oceans Could Rise 10 Ft. By 2000

Fifty years ago, long before Al Gore and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the present-day faces for climate-change alarmism, ‘intellectuals’ were predicting that sea levels could rise ten feet by the year 2000 and put New York City and Washington, D.C. underwater.

For decades now, climate change alarmists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Al Gore have used “global warming” and “climate change” to pedal their cataclysmic doom and gloom in order push more and more government control of the economy.

However, if climate change alarmists were right in their alarmism 50 years ago, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would not have a district to represent…because it would already be underwater.

At least, that was what one White House “intellectual” warned in 1969.

In 1969, during the Nixon Administration, a then-less-known-government-bureaucrat-turned-Harvard professor named Daniel Patrick Moynihan became Richard Nixon’s Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.

Moynihan, as Dr. Steven J. Allen explained in 2012, “would later serve four terms as a U.S. Senator from New York (elected on the Liberal and Democratic tickets), was considered a liaison between Nixon and the academic world. He was called Nixon’s ‘house intellectual.’”

During his time in the Nixon White House, Moyihan penned a letter to then domestic affairs advisor John Ehrlichman that predicted that, if greenhouse gases (before the term was coined) were not reduced, New York City and Washington D.C. could be underwater by the year 2000.

At the turn of the century several persons raised the question whether this would change the temperature of the atmosphere. Over the years the hypothesis has been refined, and more evidence has come along to support it. It is now pretty clearly agreed that the C02 content will rise 25% by 2000. This could increase the average temperature near the earth‘ s surface by 7 degrees Fahrenheit. This in turn could raise the level of the sea by 10 feet. Goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington, for that matter. We have no data on Seattle. [Emphasis added.]

Here is the full letter:

Patrick Moynihan's 1969 "Climate Change" Letter to the White House by Dienekes on Scribd

As has been the case for most doomsayers’ cataclysmic warnings, Moynihan’s warnings proved wrong.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, dependent on one’s views), Washington D.C. and New York City are not underwater and climate-change pushers like Al Gore and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are still pushing their government domination of the marketplace…

…only to be proven wrong time and time again.

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