By: John Ransom
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally. And even a nutty organization like Greenpeace can spawn someone who talks sense.
Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace—you know? the save-the-whale people who block Japanese harpooners?– says that there is no evidence that humans are in any danger from global warming.In fact, he says that today’s temperature changes are just a blip on the radar according to the online site The Australian.
“If you want to see rapid change,” says Moore, “look at the end of the glaciation period when the climate suddenly changed into this inter-glacial period we’re in now. For most of the history of modern life, it has been much warmer,” he says.
In fact, as I have noted repeatedly in this column, Moore says that the true danger to man is if the planet enters a cooling phase.
Life on earth is more adaptable to warmer climes than it is to colder climates. It is the end of the last Ice Age that gave rise to domination by modern humans, who presumably were smarter than Cro-Magnon man, but not as hardy or physically adaptable.
Moore who left Greenpeace in 1986 is in Australia giving a series of public presentations. Recently he condemned Greenpeace as an “evil” organization that has lost its concern for people.
‘When we started Greenpeace it was to stop nuclear war and the destruction of human civilization, that of course is the ‘peace’ in Greenpeace,” explains Moore in the UK’s Daily Mail. “The ‘green’ is the environment and that’s good as well, but they lost the concerns for humans… They have turned, basically, into an evil organisation.”
He claims that Greenpeace is more political than it is scientific.
Making his point for him is the Green Amherst Project, an environmental group on Amherst College grounds that led a walkout during a recent presentation Moore gave to Amherst Republicans.
About 50 students and faculty walked out of the presentation about twenty minutes into it, leaving behind signs saying “The Debate is Over,” and “Anthropogenic Climate Change is Real,” according to the Amherst Student.
The Student says that Moore called the protesters the “Taliban” because they are intolerant of other’s points of view.
“Debating someone like Patrick Moore gives the impression that climate change activism and climate change denial stand on equal footing,” Amherst student Ned Kleiner, the activist who led the protest, said. “They do not. There is no scientific debate happening right now over the reality of anthropogenic climate change, and we refuse to give the impression that there is.”
Note the irony: Klein says that his “activism”—that is politics, not science– is better than Moore’s activism, well… just because it is. And as is plain right here, Moore, a Ph.D. in ecology—you know, a scientist—IS HAVING a debate about the reality of climate change.
Of course those on the Left continue to refuse to hear the arguments from the other side, and would rather stick fingers in their ears screaming “na, na, na, na, na…I can’t hear you, settled science, settled science” than continue to engage in a debate that is increasingly clear they aren’t winning.