Subtitled “The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist” by Patrick Moore. Moore was one of the founders of Greenpeace and he tells an interesting story of Greenpeace from the beginning and why he is alienated from it now. The nut of the biscuit is that Greenpeace is always against something and doesn’t offer any solutions. Ban all pesticides, outlaw logging, no nukes! Moore delineates the damage done by this ideology and makes a case for some of his solutions.
Moore tells an interesting story of one of Greenpeace’s “victories”. As a result of their lobbying, along with other groups, the use of DDT was banned world wide. The problem is, there is no evidence that it is harmful when used correctly. And DDT is very effective in controlling the mosquitoes that carry Malaria. So now, thousands of poor people around the world have died needlessly of malaria as a result of Greenpeace.
In the book, Moore makes a compelling case that there are plenty of forests to be harvested to make wood and paper products. That solar and wind are too intermittent, expensive and require non-renewable resources to be a viable source of energy. Nuclear and hydroelectric power should be used. Green building standards are not all that green. And there is no call for alarm regarding climate change.
Regarding global warming Moore is convincing that the data is tainted and there is a sizable scientific community that disputes global warming and he introduces an interesting website called http://junkscience.com/ that shows that the earth has actually been cooling for the last 15 years.
Junkscience is an interesting website and I am adding the link to this blog. The man who runs it has written a book called Green Hell:How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do To Stop Them and I am reading it now. The most interesting chapter is about how the greens have tried to stifle free speech by quashing the discussion of “opposing” sides of the environmental issues. Al Gore and his minions have gone all out to ridicule the over 31,000 scientists and stifle the debate. How often have you heard that the discussion is over, there is no need to talk about other scientific data? Just today there is a story about Ted Turner that says we are too stupid to get it: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/06/26/too-complex-dummies-ted-turner-explains-why-some-people-dont-get-it-glob. Earlier this week I wrote a post where Chris Matthews says he hates it that people expect both sides of the story to be reported.
I’m not one of these guys that thinks the earth is here for Man to exploit but I think there is more to the story. Green is big business and warrants a closer look.
I’m just saying…I gotta go.