Influential scientist, futurist, and inventor Dr. James Lovelock, often called the godfather of the environmental movement, continues to walk back his previous doom-and-gloom predictions of a global warming climate change catastrophe.
He also claims that self-replicating robots, who are hardly affected much by the weather, will be running the show within 80 years.
Professor Lovelock, 97, is probably best-known for his “Gaia” model of the earth as a single organism.
Ten years ago, he predicted in a book that billions of the world population were doomed to die as a result of climate change and that humanity was past the point of no return. He also predicted that the relatively few survivors among the human race would be clustered in the more tolerable Arctic Circle area.
In 2014, however, he described the environmental movement as becoming more like a religion that is not based on facts. He added that, “It’s just as silly to be a denier as it is to be a believer. You can’t be certain.”
In a newly published interview with the Guardian, he again deemed the green movement a “totally unscientific” religion.
“Anyone who tries to predict more than five to 10 years is a bit of an idiot, because so many things can change unexpectedly…CO2 is going up, but nowhere near as fast as they thought it would. The computer models just weren’t reliable. In fact, 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.”
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— Nick Grealy (@ReImagineGas) October 1, 2016
In another significant departure from the climate change cohort, Lovelock favors both fracking and nuclear power, but views both as non-renewable stopgap measures. A massive solar panel installation in the Sahara Desert could satisfy Europe’s energy needs, but would be too vulnerable to terrorist attacks, Lovelock noted.
In any event, less environmentally concerned artificial intelligence will take over anyway by the next century, Lovelock claims.
“The world that they’re going to be comfortable in is wildly different from the one that we feel comfortable in. So once they really get established, they will — with regret — start losing organic life. They won’t give a fourpenny f**k about the temperature, because to them the change will be slow, and they can stand quite a big change without any fuss.”
In the interview, Lovelock – who recently downsized his living quarters in the U.K. because of the skyrocketing cost of heating his previous home — reaffirmed that he is still an environmentalist, but takes strong exception to how the movement in his opinion has been co-opted.
“I’m not anti-green in the sense that I’m in favor of polluting the world with every damn thing we make. I think we’ve got to be careful. But I’m afraid, human nature being what it is, the thing gets exaggerated out of all proportion, and the greens have behaved deplorably instead of being reasonably sensible.”
— Mark O'Henly (@140notes) October 2, 2016
Lovelock also claimed that one volcano eruption could make obsolete all the computer models that man-made global warming advocates rely upon for their climate disruption forecasts.
Although they are in the minority amidst the ongoing debate in academia, media, and politics, former Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore as well as Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman have also been vocal skeptics of climate change. Separately, agree or disagree with their assertions, instances have occurred in which other climatologists and public policy advocates have been censored and/or ostracized for raising questions about the man-made climate change consensus.
Reacting to the James Lovelock Guardian interview about climate change, Breitbart London observed that, “Though this is not the first time Lovelock has rowed back on his earlier climate catastrophism — in 2012 he was already admitting ‘I made a mistake’ — it’s his most emphatic rejection yet of the green litany.”
In addition to the Gaia hypothesis, James Lovelock invented “a device to detect CFCs helped identify the hole in the ozone layer,” the Guardian added.
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