Science fiction often suggests “The future is now.” ABC has taken that to heart and gone from reporting the news to predicting the future.
Working with left-wing activists, the network is warning people that civilization is poised to go the way of the Roman Empire and the Mayan civilization. The Web site promo for “Earth 2100” discusses “100 years from now when New York is abandoned.”
The network is promoting its “Earth 2100” program, due for a fall release after it can gather enough viewer feedback about what will have happened in the next 92 years.
As “Good Morning America” co-anchor Chris Cuomo put it on June 12: “We’re asking you to create a story that has yet to unfold – what our world will look like in 100 years if we don’t save our troubled planet.”
According to the network’s special Web site, http://www.earth2100.tv/, “The world’s brightest minds agree that the ‘perfect storm’ of population growth, resource depletion and climate change could converge with catastrophic results.”
Although none of these “brightest minds” are named on the Web site, the video includes NASA’s James Hansen and the Weather Channel’s Heidi Cullen, two of the most well-known global warming scaremongers.
Naturally, the site warns that even in 2015 “global temperatures are rising faster than expected.” Oil prices, gas prices, milk prices have skyrocketed. War, famine, drought, floods, hurricanes and immigration all plague the United States. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are quite busy in ABC’s future.
A story on the ABC News Web site quotes Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, saying as ABC put it, “The time to act is now.” "The 21st century is going to be the century which determine[s] whether we live or die as a sustainable species," Gleick told ABC. Although the institute claims to be “nonpartisan,” the organization has lobbied for increased government regulation of fuel standards and Gleick has criticized global warming skeptic Bjørn Lomborg.
According to the story, ABC is seeking video submissions. “We are asking you to use your imagination to create short videos about what it would be like to live through the next century if we stay on our current path. Using predictions from top experts, we will brief participants on global conditions in the years 2015, 2050, 2070 and 2100 – and we want you to describe the dangers that are unfolding before your eyes. “
ABC’s propaganda effort is reminiscent of several other previous efforts such as the anti-nuclear movie ABC movie “The Day After” and the global warming disaster movie “The Day After Tomorrow.”
More recently, there was Matt Lauer’s 2006 “Countdown to Doomsday” that ran on the SciFi network. “We are the problem,” declared NBC’s “Today” co-anchor, referring to mankind’s alleged misuse of planet Earth. That program merged nearly every science-fiction disaster flick ever made – “The Terminator,” “Deep Impact,” “I, Robot” and the SciFi Channel’s own “Battlestar Gallactica.”
Lauer’s news background gave an air of respectability to the documentary and the show was filled with news footage from Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and more to reinforce that impression.