Summer, 1972- I am driving across country from Boston to Corvallis, Oregon with my friend Dave Blake.
He is off to college to become a forest ranger. He is deeply concerned about the environment because he is sure this “Global Cooling” is going to destroy the planet and cause mass starvation.
I was good in math and the arts but terrible in science so I was delaying judgment on when exactly the world was going to come to an end.
See, “Global Cooling” was a very popular concern for us progressives back then. It was going to happen because of all the pollution caused by fossil fuels. The smog was enveloping the planet which will block the suns’ rays preventing plants from growing and causing crops to fail.
Besides stopping using gas and oil, we had to also stop eating meat and should all go on a grass or some other grain diet. Unless we take drastic countermeasures immediately. Global Cooling will be the end of us all. I don’t remember if that alarm applied to folks living in the Congo. Or in Minnesota for that matter. It was over 100 degrees there when we passed through.
We reach Corvallis and Dave takes me to the State Park where he’ll be spending the rest of the summer as a volunteer. In fact, today he’s going to be giving a lecture on saving the planet.
“… And so, remember, it takes 10 pounds of grain to make one pound of meat. If we can all cut out meat from our diets, we can save the poor starving people in India,” Dave said concluding his talk. His audience of tourists listened intensely and gave him a big round of applause.
After the speech, we hopped into his cargo van and headed over to a downtown restaurant. Dave ordered a large hamburger.
“What about not eating meat?” I asked.
”There’s no meat in this,” he grumbled, apparently unhappy that his hamburger might contain grain filler.
Fast forward almost 50 years, in today’s news, professional publicity hound Cory Booker, I keep forgetting is he a politician or a TV celebrity? has announced that he is going to become a vegan to save the planet.
Never mind that the world has plenty of food for everyone. And India is now associated with hi-tech outsourcing, not starvation. And when I was in China, my 20 something assistant could afford to eat lunch every day at a restaurant.
So mass starvation never happened after the 1970s except in Islamic Sudan where it was deliberately caused, and in Mao’s Communist Revolution, and today in Venezuela due to progressive economic policies.
And Global Cooling, the great progressive concern of the 1970s? Ask any progressive. The answer is what “Global Cooling? Never heard of it.”
In fact, just last week the Democrats launched a huge plan to save the planet by destroying every building in America and stopping all use of fossil fuel. Sound familiar?
Apparently not. Within one week of being total ridiculed for their plan, the Democrats have made the entire plan disappear.
“What plan? We never had a plan. Must be a right-wing conspiracy to destroy our good intentions.”
Now that’s progress and reason to be optimistic. It once took Democrats an entire generation to deny a big nothing-burger. Now, they’re down to one week.
And Cory Booker? Will he really stop eating meat to save the planet or will that too become another big nothing-burger. Sure you don’t want a side of fries with that, Cory?