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Greenpeace founder on today’s environmental movement
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An appropriate reminder on "Earth Day" comes from Patrick Moore, the founder of Greenpeace. I'll shorten it to it's essence, but you can read the whole thing here:
In 1971 an environmental and antiwar ethic was taking root in Canada, and I chose to participate. As I completed a Ph.D. in ecology, I combined my science background with the strong media skills of my colleagues. In keeping with our pacifist views, we started Greenpeace.

But I later learned that the environmental movement is not always guided by science. As we celebrate Earth Day today, this is a good lesson to keep in mind.

At first, many of the causes we championed, such as opposition to nuclear testing and protection of whales, stemmed from our scientific knowledge of nuclear physics and marine biology. But after six years as one of five directors of Greenpeace International, I observed that none of my fellow directors had any formal science education. They were either political activists or environmental entrepreneurs. Ultimately, a trend toward abandoning scientific objectivity in favor of political agendas forced me to leave Greenpeace in 1986.


Sadly, Greenpeace has evolved into an organization of extremism and politically motivated agendas.


We all have a responsibility to be environmental stewards. But that stewardship requires that science, not political agendas, drive our public policy.
I loved the term "environmental entrepreneur" used by Moore. Some may prefer the term "huckster", but I suppose Moore was being nice about it.

To illustrate Moore's point about who is really involved in this, one of the most visible "environmental entrepreneurs" without a lick of science in his background was speaking about his side of the movement just the other day:
AL GORE wants to make a sequel to his Oscar-winning documentary on global warming – and despite Earth’s “rising fever” he is still hopeful for a happy ending.

We are, he says, all players in deciding the outcome.

Despite the success of his film An Inconvenient Truth and last year’s Live Earth concerts in raising awareness, the former US Vice President believes little has changed where it counts and the situation is even more urgent.

And he warns that while individual efforts such as changing to low-energy lightbulbs are important, it is more significant for world leaders to change laws to stop pollution pouring into the atmosphere and affecting the climate.
He doesn't plan on correcting any of the many errors in his film "Inconvenient Truth" which have been pointed out by various scientists. Instead it is full steam ahead with a campaign to sway legislators to take actions which many feel will not only be ineffective against a natural event, but ruinous to most economies.

The good news for the rich and famous - he's not talking about you:
The man who is now as much part of the Hollywood Establishment as he was a political player with the Democratic Party is very careful not to upset any of his celebrity friends.

He wouldn’t dream of suggesting that their lavish jet-setting and gas-guzzling lifestyles could be reined in for the good of the environment.

When we point out that David Beckham has recently been given the dubious title of having the worst carbon footprint in history – clocking up enough air miles to fly to the moon and owning 15 gas-guzzling cars, Mr Gore shifts uncomfortably in his seat.

He knows what is coming next.

When asked what he would say to the football icon – a hero to millions – about his impact on the environment, Mr Gore refuses to be drawn.

He gives a huge belly-laugh at the notion that Posh and Becks could invest in an environmentally-friendly hybrid car such as a Toyota Prius.

He careful considers his answer before saying: “I don’t think that’s my place. I don’t want to get into personally criticising anyone.”
Nope, it is all about government forcing the little people to do what they're told.

Political, transparent, hypocritical, manipulative, agenda driven and getting rich off of the scare he continues to champion, Al Gore is the face of today's potentially devastating environmental movement.

Happy Earth Day.
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I once read the following review concerning one of the largest Green Activists of the early and middle 90s, the Environmental Defense Fund: Lawyers driving Green Miatas. The tag was fitting - and even more so today.

So many of the early members of the environmental movement have graduated from the Science to the Political arenas and the transition has virtually invisible to the public. One of the rules of thumb regarding the environmental issues pursued in the 90s was money. A Sierra Club spokesman once told me that their agency only took on issues that would garner donations equal to or greater than 5 times the money spent for litigation in fighting the issue. It sounded pretty mercenary but he explained that allowed them to be able to address major issues pro bono. When asked what those major issues were, he just smiled and said "No Comment."
Written By: SShiell
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When we point out that David Beckham has recently been given the dubious title of having the worst carbon footprint in history - clocking up enough air miles to fly to the moon and owning 15 gas-guzzling cars, Mr Gore shifts uncomfortably in his seat.
That uneasiness might have been due to fear about his own carbon footprint coming up in the next question:

Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

Speaking of "environmental entrepreneurs", the ring-leader himself stands to make a little coin:

The recovering politician is teaming with a legendary venture capitalist and bigtime moneyman to make over the $6 trillion global energy business.
Written By: jfw1961
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At the bottom line... the guy left the group because he got honest.
Written By: Bithead
No, it seems he was always honest...

He just reached his tolerance for the growing dishonesty of the group.

Moore seems the sort you could have a sane, rational converstaion about the environment and global warming, and have him NOT call you a tree-raping heretic...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I’ve been see Earth Day since Sunday.

I mean, I get the feeling that this year "Earth Day" is being run by Nancy Pelosi and has been renamed to "24 hours of Earth".
Written By: Neo
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Moore seems the sort you could have a sane, rational converstaion about the environment and global warming, and have him NOT call you a tree-raping heretic...
In other words he is not your average foaming at the mouth partisan leftist. Cue mkultra any moment now.
Written By: capt joe
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He just reached his tolerance for the growing dishonesty of the group.
Which suggests he HAD a tolerance for dishonesty, which in itself doesn’t strike me as very honest. Follow?

Written By: Bithead
Which suggests he HAD a tolerance for dishonesty
Got friends who have BS’d you before? Work for a company that does ANYTHING even REMOTELY dishonest to ANYONE?

If so, then you too have a tolerance for dishonesty. It might be really low, but it’s there...

Then there are people like The Far Left (and Far Right) who have an infinate capacity to tolerate lies and dishonesty...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Got friends who have BS’d you before?
Freinds? Certainly, though they’re not any longer.

Activist groups? Never.... because I tend to make sure of positions and stands of groups I’m involved with, before I sign my name to their membership.

This seems to me to bear on the question of Obama nd Ayers, and Obama and Wright, et al, too... This is not a matter of Obama being bamboozeled. This is a matter of willingly signing on to such BS as the group dishes out.

Moore, and Greenpeace, similarly. I’m glad he wised up, but let’s not kid ourselves how the whole thing started with him.

Written By: Bithead
In his post-2000 life Gore has become increasingly brittle. He was debauched by the Clintons as their Vice President. He has the same bitter resentment toward Bush that Carter had toward Reagan. But he had that environmental sideline going for him since Earth in the Balance was published.

So, there sat gobal warming as his new career, and it has taken him to an Oscar and a Nobel Prize.

But at the end of the day, he’s still brittle, and he’s now sitting on the world stage with a moral vanity combover that looks ridiculous. And to quote the movie producer from The Godfather: "And a man in my position can’t afford to look ridiculous!"
Written By: Martin McPhillips
Speaking of Al Gore and ’truth’

Shot in movie was Hollywood generated special effect
Written By: looker
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He has the same bitter resentment toward Bush
How can you say that... Why in the same interview as the Beckham comment Al Gore said this:
In a question-and-answer session with TV host Clive Anderson to be aired on Sky on Friday, Mr Gore is asked if he thought he could have done a better job than Mr Bush.

He answers: “Yes. I have to confess that I’ve recently begun to fear that I’m losing my objectivity on President Bush.

“So, I’m loath to answer the question, lest I betray a bias.”
Of course the was that report that Clive Anderson had to keep lifting his feet as the waves of bovine fecal matter came through the studio.

Written By: Jay
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Clive Anderson? A pretty fair hand at comedy (Whose Line for example, as well as being a stand-up comic for a lot of years) as I recall it. His sense of humor would more or less be a requirement for the Gore interview, I should think.

Written By: Bithead
For your amusement, you may also want to note that today is V.I. Lenin’s 138th birthday.

Heck, with all the Green and Red going around today, you could break out your Christmas decorations again.
Written By: James O
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The bleak truth is that, under normal conditions, most of North America and Europe are buried under about 1.5km of ice. This bitterly frigid climate is interrupted occasionally by brief warm interglacials, typically lasting less than 10,000 years.
The interglacial we have enjoyed throughout recorded human history, called the Holocene, began 11,000 years ago, so the ice is overdue. We also know that glaciation can occur quickly: the required decline in global temperature is about 12C and it can happen in 20 years.
Written By: Neo
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The way things are going for the Democrats, there’s a real possibility you’ll be talking about President Gore next year.
Written By: Scott Erb
heh - why, so Gore can demand another recount when McCain kicks his sorry crisis generating fear mongering profit taking ass?
Written By: looker
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