Moore, who exited Greenpeace after 15 years when “it lost its humanitarian perspective,” was formerly the head of an organization called Greenspirit Strategies, Moore is currently the chair and chief scientist of Ecosense Environmental in Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as the chair for Ecology, Energy, and Prosperity at the Frontier Center for Public Policy. He is also heading up an organization called Allow Golden Rice Now which seeks to cure vitamin A deficiency among kids in developing countries with GMO rice.
Environmentalists originally sounded the alarm about global cooling, then global warming, and now use an all-purpose climate change appellation. The Obama White House, which is pushing for various regulatory and policy initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has adopted “climate disruption” as the new descriptor.
About a year ago, Moore, who earned a PhD in ecology, told Congress that no proof exists that carbon emissions from humans have caused even a “minor warming” of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years or more.
In an article for the Heartlander, published by the Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank, about his climate change skepticism, Dr. Moore — one of a number of skeptics now coming forward — insisted that computer modeling is unreliable and that carbon dioxide is critically necessary for human life. He also declared that the influential United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is barking up the wrong tree, as it were, because it only considers human causes of global warming.
Moore also focused in on the political and economic components of “fear-and-guilt” inducing climate change.
“There is a powerful convergence of interests among key elites that support the climate ‘narrative.’ Environmentalists spread fear and raise donations; politicians appear to be saving the Earth from doom; the media has a field day with sensation and conflict; science institutions raise billions in grants, create whole new departments, and stoke a feeding frenzy of scary scenarios; business wants to look green, and get huge public subsidies for projects that would otherwise be economic losers, such as wind farms and solar arrays. Fourth, the Left sees climate change as a perfect means to redistribute wealth from industrial countries to the developing world and the UN bureaucracy.”
Along these lines, prominent environmentalist Al Gore, who has a sizable carbon footprint, ironically made a fortune selling his cable TV network to Big Oil.
Setting aside whether one agrees or disagrees with Moore, for the ordinary, day-to-day person with an open mind about the whole thing, the notion of declaring something as far-reaching as climate change as “settled” seems a bit confusing. The role of science traditionally has been to question assumptions and dogmatic beliefs and constantly challenge accepted hypotheses. Moreover, as long as China, India, Russia and other powers are unwilling to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, unilateral action by the U.S., whether justified or unjustified, will exert little effect on global climate change.
Parenthetically, many people across the ideological spectrum oppose GMO foods as well as chlorine in drinking water, both of which Moore apparently supports.
Watch climate change skeptic Dr. Patrick Moore present at the International Conference on Climate Change and draw your own conclusions.
[top image credit: Friends of Europe]
Added: Irrespective of the climate change issue, although it may have been a set up or a gotcha interview, Patrick Moore recently appeared to make a fool of himself on French TV by claiming a weed-killer product was safe to drink but then refusing to consume a glass himself.