In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee warned him that by the year 2000, there would be 25 percent more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In the words of the Committee, the continued use of fossil fuels “will modify the heat balance of the atmosphere to such an extent that marked changes in climate, not controllable through local or even national efforts, could occur.”
Later that year, President Johnson issued a special message to Congress. “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale,” he said, “through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.”
In 1964, President Johnson faked an attack by the North Vietnamese at the Gulf of Tonkin, which led to a disastrous war that killed tens of thousands of American teenagers. He also was responsible for the creation of the welfare state in America through his Great Society.