Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Messiah of Global Warming is a Heretic

James Lovelock, widely acknowledged as one of the early voices crying out for immediate and comprehensive responses to global warming, has changed his tune, now saying that he was "alarmist" over climate change.  Read the whole article--the Green movement must be experiencing a collective "head explosion".  That the story was the result of an interview with MSNBC makes everything even more delicious.

Another article on Lovelock's evolution can be found here, in which he seems to be very "pro-frack".  A bit of it:  "A long-time supporter of nuclear power as a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which has made him unpopular with environmentalists, Lovelock has now come out in favour of natural gas fracking (which environmentalists also oppose), as a low-polluting alternative to coal.
As Lovelock observes, “Gas is almost a give-away in the U.S. at the moment. They’ve gone for fracking in a big way. This is what makes me very cross with the greens for trying to knock it … Let’s be pragmatic and sensible and get Britain to switch everything to methane. We should be going mad on it.” (Kandeh Yumkella, co-head of a major United Nations program on sustainable energy, made similar arguments last week at a UN environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro, advocating the development of conventional and unconventional natural gas resources as a way to reduce deforestation and save millions of lives in the Third World.)"

Another gem:   "Lovelock mocks the idea modern economies can be powered by wind turbines.
As he puts it, “so-called ‘sustainable development’ … is meaningless drivel … We rushed into renewable energy without any thought. The schemes are largely hopelessly inefficient and unpleasant. I personally can’t stand windmills at any price.”"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So, in your ideal world, we keep on using natural gas/oil until it runs out. The obvious, gaping hole with this plan is that we will run out of energy sources. That's why we should start actually getting renewable energy SOON, while we still have the chance. Also, it's not just windmills, it's solar panels, nuclear power, and hydro-electric power. You can argue with global warming,(maybe), but you can't argue with peak oil. The reality is, oil is a finite resource that is on the verge of running out. I have yet too see any conservative position that takes this into account.

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