18 examples of the spectacularly wrong predictions made around the first “Earth Day” in 1970

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Tomorrow, Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day 2018

In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it’s now the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 18 years ago: How accurate were the predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970? The answer: “The prophets of doom were not simply wrong, but spectacularly wrong,” according to Bailey.

Here are 18 examples of the spectacularly wrong predictions made around…

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A (Satirical) Rebuttal to “The Astounding Non-Success Of Sparky Cars”

Governor Brown, Call Your Office, EV Sales not going as planned.

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Guest satirical rebuttal by David Middleton

Willis’ post on EV’s was very unfair… At least according to some of the comments.  So I thought I would post some graphs demonstrating that EV’s aren’t quite so astoundingly unsuccessful.

One of my favorite metrics is Ford F-Series pickup trucks versus electric vehicles.  F-Series sales literally crush EV sales… But, EV’s don’t appear to be losing much ground against the F-Series.  EV’s are falling further behind F-Series sales at a somewhat slower pace than they were in 2017.

FvsEV Data Sources: CarSalesBase.com and InsideEVs.com.
2018 sales extrapolated from Q1 2018.

The sum total of US EV sales (all makes and models) has almost caught up with Jeep Wrangler sales…

EVvsJeep Make/model sales data from the Wall Street Journal Market Data Center.

The EV market share has literally skyrocketed from 0.4% to 1.3% of US light weight vehicle sales.

EVpct US light weight vehicle sales…

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The Astounding Non-Success Of Sparky Cars

Think about these numbers and Governor Brown’s goal of 5 million electric vehicles in California by 2030. Sales of EV have stalled out.

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Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Published without comment on our mostly coal-fired and highly subsidized electric car fleet … well, to be fair, I suppose that is a comment …

electric hybrid sales flat.png

My best regards to all,


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PBS to turn NOVA science into climate propaganda machine

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Sigh, the usual suspects get another mouthpiece media outlet to blame severe weather on, complete with scary videos of weather, musical score, and wild claims. video trailer follows. h/t to Russ Steele


Two-Hour Special Premieres Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 8PM/7C on PBS
(check local listings)

BOSTON, MA – Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Pervasive heat. Extreme rainfall. Something is up with the weather, and scientists agree the trend is not just a coincidence. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—which is changing, becoming hotter and more erratic. But some people are skeptical of global warming, and one-third of Americans doubt humans are changing the climate. NOVA, a production of WGBH Boston, cuts through the confusion and helps define the way forward in a special two-hour documentary: DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and…

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The recent “atmospheric river” that soaked California, as seen in a forecast

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An unusual April storm system brought heavy rains to northern California during the beginning of the month. The soaking rains caused localized flooding and even melted some higher elevation snow, but also filled reservoirs in northern parts of the state.

This image shows the total precipitable water forecast to be in the atmosphere at 11 a.m. on the West Coast on April 6, 2018 using data from the Global Forecast System model run at 0600 UTC April 6 which, translates to 11pm April 5, West Coast time. What is precipitable water? It is an estimate of how much water would be present if you could snap your fingers and turn all of the water vapor in the column of air above your head into liquid.

The darker blue colors in the image show where the atmosphere was chock full of moisture, while blacker areas were regions where the atmosphere was…

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The State Of Broadband In Nevada County

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Erika Kosina, Tech Connection Writer, has an Other Voices in The Union on the state of broadband in Nevada County

Nevada County’s tech industry is poised for growth. More and more tech talent and businesses are realizing what a great place Nevada County is to live.

But before this growth can happen, we need two things: more housing and more internet.

Nevada County Tech Connection recently hosted a meeting about the latter — the status of broadband internet in our county. Kristin York, vice president of Business Innovation at Sierra Business Council, led the discussion. The audience was diverse and vocal — it included Spiral Internet CEO John Paul, self-described “impatient activist” Andrew Wilkinson and Jeff Thorsby, administrative analyst for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

Read the full article HERE.

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Broadband Data Collection

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With Facebook and Zuckerberg making a splash in the Senate and House, sucking up congressional staff time, there has been little discussion of rural broadband. While looking for some useful information, I came across this bit of insight. If you were to take a selfie and post it on Facebook or Instagram, you would be providing the photo and any text you used to explain the photograph, plus one more facial recognition sample. On the right-hand side of the graphic is the data that Facebook would be collecting when you post your selfie. I am not sure that everyone knows about this data harvesting.

Data Collection

Are you comfortable sharing this information every time you post a photo on Facebook?

The graphic is from the Wall Street Journal.

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