The year 2040 will find the world’s crops dead, most of the people in a similar state of decay, and those few left alive will be cannibals, according to a prediction from Ted Turner, founder of Turner Broadcasting and CNN.
His comments came in an hour-long interview with Charlie Rose on PBS, and some remarks about the environment, the U.S. war on terror and the U.S. military were compiled by Newsbusters into an abbreviated video.
“Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state like Somalia or the Sudan,” said Turner, calling future living conditions intolerable.
The media mogul was interviewed in his role as founder of the United Nations Foundation, to which he has donated hundreds of millions of dollars in pursuit of solutions to global “problems.”
He said drastic action – immediately – is required to address global warming.
“Not doing it will be catastrophic. We’ll be eight degrees hotter in 10, not 10 but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals,” Turner said.
He said civilization will have collapsed and “the droughts will be so bad there’ll be no more corn grown. Not doing it is suicide.”
WND previously reported multiple challenges by top scientists and their organizations to the theory that global warming is caused by man and is ravaging the world.
The recent 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, for example, refuted repeatedly the contention promoted by Al Gore, the U.N. and Turner that there is an “established scientific consensus” humans are causing the Earth to warm catastrophically.
The conference was organized by the Heartland Institute and attracted hundreds of experts and scientists.
“The alarmists in the global warming debate have had their say – over and over again, in every newspaper in the country practically every day and in countless news reports and documentary films,” a notice on the Heartland Institute website proclaims. “But they have lost the debate.”
Environmental scientist S. Fred Singer kicked off the conference by releasing a report entitled, “Nature, Not Human Activity Rules the Climate,” summarizing a three-year, international, scientific research project analyzing the claims of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, or NIPCC.
“There are many factors that affect the climate,” Singer told WND. “What we can now exclude by scientific evidence is the argument that greenhouse gases are an important factor in causing global warming.”
Singer and the NIPCC agree that global warming occurred in the 20th century, but disagree human activity is responsible. He argues instead that natural causes are likely to be the dominant cause of the scientifically observed global warming under discussion.
The NIPCC scientists contend the U.N. agenda “is largely hypothetical and not sustained by observations” driven by complex mathematical models.
Turner also said the population is another problem that must be handled.
“We’ve got to stabilize the population,” he said.
Rose asked what is wrong with the population.
“We’re too many people. That’s why we have global warming. We have global warming, because too many people are using too much stuff. If there were less people, they’d be using less stuff,” he said.
He also launched verbal offensives against the U.S. war on terror, describing war as senseless and suggesting a cutback in military budgets.
“Right now the U.S. is spending $500 billion a year on the military, which is more than all 190 countries in the world put together. The two countries that the military-industrial complex and some of the politicians would like to demonize and make enemies are Russia and China. China just wants to sell us shoes. They’re not building landing craft to attack the United States. And Russia wants to be our friends, too,” he said.
Turner said he is sure of that, because “I spent time with the Chinese and Russians.”
He said even if China and Russia are increasing their military budgets, they are not “credible expenditures.”
And even with the U.S. “$500 billion military budget, we can’t win in Iraq. We’re being beaten by insurgents who don’t even have any tanks, they don’t have a headquarters, they don’t have a Pentagon. We don’t even know if they have any generals.”
Pointing out the insurgents have used a lot of roadside bombs, Rose asked Turner where he thought they were obtained. But Turner took off in another direction.
“I think that they’re patriots and that they don’t like us because we’ve invaded their country and occupied it. I think if the Iraqis were in Washington, D.C., we’d be doing the same thing: We’d be bombing them too. Nobody wants to be invaded,” he said.
He compared Iraq to Vietnam.
“All we have to do is look at Vietnam. In Vietnam, we killed 3 million Vietnamese. They never attacked us, we attacked them. It was another one of these pre-emptive wars like the war in Iraq. And we lost 50,000. They lost 3 million. That’s like 60 for one. But at the end of 18 years we left, and the Vietnamese were there,” he said. “I’m just so glad, because I think about it a lot, that the Vietnamese, the North Vietnamese, didn’t give us an ultimatum that we couldn’t leave Vietnam until we signed a decoration of surrender, you know, so they could get that on tape just like the Japanese surrendered on the Missouri.”
He said the U.S. isn’t the first superpower to have gotten “beaten” in the Middle East region. He said the Soviet Union lost in Afghanistan, when, he claimed, the U.S. was helping Osama bin Laden.