Charlie Rose Slams 'Climate Deniers' With Expert Who Predicted 'Food Riots' in 1995
Charlie Rose Slams 'Climate Deniers,' Invites on Expert That Predicted North American 'Food Riots' in '95 (NewsBusters)
Charlie Rose, during a panel discussion about the new UN report on climate change, had the audacity to insult global warming skeptics as “climate deniers” even as he brought on a so-called expert who once predicted the “greenhouse effect” would cause “food riots” all across North America...in 1995.
Everyone remembers the great North American Food Riots of ‘95? Right? Well that crazy scenario was dreamed up by one of the UN report co-authors Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer. On PBS's Charlie Rose show Oppenheimer dismissed climate change skeptics as people who “just like to stand away from the crowd.” [Video after the jump]
Well who can blame them? When the crowd is constantly fear-mongering with wild speculation like this: “[By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers.”
That and the “food riots” prophecy were made by Oppenheimer in his 1990 book Dead Heat:
“[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…[By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers.”