Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I've Admired This Guy For A Long Time

Type his name into the search engine at the top and bottom of the page and you'll see that I've written about Moore a number of times.  His is a voice of reason, not alarm:
There is no scientific evidence that human activity is causing the planet to warm, according to Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who testified in front of a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Moore argued that the current argument that the burning of fossil fuels is driving global warming over the past century lacks scientific evidence. He added that the Earth is in an unusually cold period and some warming would be a good thing.

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” according to Moore’s prepared testimony. “Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species.”

“It is important to recognize, in the face of dire predictions about a [two degrees Celsius] rise in global average temperature, that humans are a tropical species,” Moore said. “We evolved at the equator in a climate where freezing weather did not exist. The only reasons we can survive these cold climates are fire, clothing, and housing..."

Moore, a Canadian, helped found the environmental activist group Greenpeace in the 1970s. He left the group after they began to take on more radical positions. He has since been a critic of radical environmentalism and heads up the group Ecosense Environmental in Vancouver, Canada.

Moore’s comments come after President Obama declared global warming a “fact” in the State of the Union. His administration has attempted to argue that the recent U.S. cold snap was influenced by a warmer planet.
Moore is also (now) a supporter of relatively clean, safe, plentiful, inexpensive nuclear power.


allen (in Michigan) said...

A number of heretics have emerged from the left over that past twenty or so years.

The one that really shocked me was Stewart Brand, the creator of the long-gone Whole Earth Catalog, authorship of which confers among lefties of a certain age a pedigree that's damn near gold plated. His embracing of free enterprise really was a shocker since the Whole Earth Catalog, despite its stated, "just do it" ethos has always been seen as very much of a lefty phenomenon since there's also a significant component of self-indulgent moralizing implied and explicit.

There are other fissures in the monolithic left, notably on the issue of education. Obama's still employing Arne Duncan to traipse around talking up charters and other policies that set the teeth of lefties and teacher's unions on edge and there's Democrats for Education Reform.

Ellen K said...

The science just isn't there. And those who have embraced AGW as a dogma are right up their with Scientologists in their fervor to quash any of their own ranks that refuse to fall in lockstep with whatever silly wrongheaded action the AGW adherents choose.