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.”"