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Monday, October 03, 2016

Father of global warming says it's a religion

Sir James Lovelock, whose theory that Earth is Gaia -- a single, self-regulating organism -- spent fifty years predicting man's sin of materialism doomed us all.

Now at ninety-seven, he finally has admitted that is a load of crap.

Decca Aitkenhead of the Guardian wrote of her last interview with him in 2008:
Lovelock’s parting words last time we met were: “Enjoy life while you can. Because if you’re lucky, it’s going to be 20 years before it hits the fan.” It was early 2008, and the distinguished scientist was predicting imminent and irreversible global warming, which would soon make large parts of the planet uninhabitably hot or put them underwater. The fashionable hope that windfarms or recycling could prevent global famine and mass migration was, he assured me, a fantasy; it was too late for ethical consumption to save us. Before the end of this century, 80% of the world’s population would be wiped out.
Eight years later, his tune is changed. She reported on her recent visit with him:
He now says: “Anyone who tries to predict more than five to 10 years is a bit of an idiot, because so many things can change unexpectedly.” But isn’t that exactly what he did last time we met? “I know,” he grins teasingly. “But I’ve grown up a bit since then.”
Lovelock now believes that “CO2 is going up, but nowhere near as fast as they thought it would. The computer models just weren’t reliable. In fact,” he goes on breezily, “I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy, this climate change. You’ve only got to look at Singapore. It’s two-and-a-half times higher than the worst-case scenario for climate change, and it’s one of the most desirable cities in the world to live in.”
I should be clever and write the reports of Earth's demise were premature. But my religion teaches world without end, amen.

Which is why I doubted this nonsense. And it ain't science:
Lovelock maintains that, unlike most environmentalists, he is a rigorous empiricist, but it is manifestly clear that he enjoys maddening the green movement. “Well, it’s a religion, really, you see. It’s totally unscientific.” He was once invited to Buckingham Palace, where he told Princess Anne: “Your brother nearly killed me.” Having read that Prince Charles had installed grass-burning boilers at Highgrove, Lovelock had tried one in his house. “It’s supposed to smoulder and keep the place warm; but it doesn’t, because it goes out, and clouds and clouds of smoke come out.” He giggles. “Princess Anne thought this was hilariously funny.”
Lovelock had been trying to heat his old mill in Devon, where he lived for more than 35 years, inventing contraptions in a workshop that resembled a Doctor Who set. He and his wife recently packed up his life’s work and downsized to a remote cottage on Chesil Beach in Dorset, after the bill to heat the mill for just six months hit £6,000. “I remember George Monbiot took me up on it and wrote that it was impossible, that I had to be lying. But I wasn’t lying, I’ve got the figures.” Monbiot doesn’t quite accuse him of lying, in fairness; just of “talking rubbish” and “making wild statements”. In any case, he says that in the US he found he could heat a house for six months, in temperatures of -20C (-4F), for just £60. As a result, he has withering contempt for environmentalists’ opposition to fracking. “You see, gas in America is incredibly cheap, because of fracking,” he says. But what about the risk of triggering earthquakes? He rolls his eyes.
One note, the Left opposes fracking not because of the environment but because it hurts the Saudis. One of the craziest truths is that Saudi money funds lefty universities and of course, Hillary Clinton.

He went on about how robots will take over the world. Meh. That's a pretty mainstream position, and I have my doubts. I always do.

Nice to see the world's top climate scientist has his doubts now, to.

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10 comments:

  1. Blasphemer! Ye hath scorned the ways of thy sacred Mother Earth (peace be upon Her)! Repent, ye racist, else ye shall face the holy wrath of Her prophet Reverend Algore!

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  2. he is pretty old. Maybe he decided to repent in the hopes of enjoying a cooler eternal climate

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  3. Funny how predictions can catch up to one.

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  4. Computer models. Humbug. GIGO.
    Just look at how variables the models are for Hurricane Matthew. Can't reliably place it three days from now. But globull warmening folks have accurate models predicting 50 or 500 or 5000 years out.

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    1. All of environmentalism is a religion at this point. Environmentalism has killed as many people as Stalin and Hitler. And it continues to kill and makes suffering of untold peoples in the 3rd world by but not allowing cheap fuel and GMO foods supplies. No crimes against humanity for the privileged elite left however.

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    2. Exhibit #1: the scare campaign against DDT. Fifty years ago the world was on the brink of eliminating malaria altogether, thanks in no small measure to DDT.

      Then Rachel Carson wrote her ode to fake science: Silent Spring. It impressed white gentry liberals in the West, who got DDT banned on the basis of her crackpot theory.

      Now it is estimated that 3000 children die every day from this preventable disease - a killing rate the Nazis never approached. The environment movement has a lot of blood on its hands.

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    3. The global climate models are based on simplistic and some incorrect assumptions about the role of CO2, and the whole enterprise is textbook "junk science." The climateers have ripped off millions of taxpayer dollars in their futile quest to be able to predict climate condition decades into the future. The results, like the models themselves, SUCK and have zero value for anything. These people and their beloved models have not produced and it is past time to shut down the entire corrupt, idiotic, and wasteful enterprise. Unless they want to fund it with their own $$ -- which they won't.

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  5. https://fee.org/articles/the-link-between-extreme-environmentalism-and-hard-core-racism/
    The biggest fear of the Green Movement is healthy,
    happy, prosperous, dark skinned people...
    TG

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    1. Especially if their standard of living rises.

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  6. Just ask a vegan environmentalist if they believe in global warming and the dangers of CO2. Then ask why they hate plants and point out gently that CO2 is plant food. Stand back and enjoy the explosion.

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