Climate alarmists are in good company. After all, for centuries at least, and probably since the beginning of humanity, some people have worried about the imminent end of civilization. Modern environmentalists are a skittish lot, and tend to see doom and gloom around most every corner. The Capital Research Center's www.greenwatch.org has generated the "Doom List," cataloguing recent prophecies of imminent trouble, if not disaster. One of my favorite comes from the ever-busy Al Gore, who once heroically battled to solve the trash crisis. Reports CRC:
Al Gore was once a garbage alarmist. In the 1980s he worried that America would run out of space to handle its garbage. Gore claimed the U.S. was “running out of ways to dispose of our waste in a manner that keeps it out of either sight or mind.” The actual problem was skewed data: In the 1980s the waste disposal industry did close many small landfills, but it began to open large high capacity landfills as well as explore new methods of incineration and recycling. Environmental alarmists ignored this development. Recent data indicates that with fewer but larger landfills, the United States can accommodate at least 25% more trash with no danger of running out of future waste storage space.I must say, global warming is a much better issue than garbage disposal for your average alarmist.