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'Extremism' Trumps Climate Facts, Says Early Greenpeace Stalwart

By    |   Friday, 20 Jun 2014 09:37 AM

Canadian environmentalist Patrick Moore, who helped get Greenpeace organized a year after its founding, says its membership has "become so cornered by their own extremism" that they can't acknowledge even simple facts that might cast doubt on climate change alarmism.

In the forward to a new book about why the so-called green movement often fails to achieve its ideological aims, "Not for Greens" by Ian Plimer, he lists a number of scientific facts that, if acknowledged, would temper the movement's current extremism, and make it more effective, Breitbart.com reported.

He writes that, "The certainty among many scientists that humans are the main cause of climate change, including global warming . . . is based on just two things, the theoretical effect of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, predominantly carbon dioxide, and the predictions of computer models using those theoretical calculations."

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Alluding to recent findings by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – which aggregates climate change studies from peer-reviewed journals – he says the data challenges both the theory of anthropogenic climate change and the trustworthiness of computer modeling that has been wrong in its past projections.

"There has been no further global warming for nearly 18 years during which time about 25 percent of all the CO2 ever emitted by humans has been added to the atmosphere," he states. "How long will it remain flat and will it next go up or back down? Now we are out of the realm of facts and back into the game of predictions."

Moore also dives into several points about the history of Earth's CO2 levels in regard to plant and human life. He says these points are mostly ignored by Greenpeace members and an environmental movement that's become a "combination of extreme political ideology and religious fundamentalism rolled into one."

"If human emissions of CO2 do end up causing significant warming (which is not certain) it may be possible to grow food crops in northern Canada and Russia, vast areas that are now too cold for agriculture," he notes, imaging a hypothetical scenario in which the globe warms but it doesn't result in a humanitarian disaster.

He wrote that an increase in CO2 could, in theory, even be beneficial to plant life on Earth, however unlikely.

"The optimum CO2 level for most plants is about 1600 parts per million, four times higher than the level today. This is why greenhouse growers purposely inject the CO2-rich exhaust from their gas and wood-fired heaters into the greenhouse, resulting in a 40-80 percent increase in growth."

Segueing into the book's contents, which follows the journey of the stainless steel teaspoon from mine to table, Moore notes that Greenpeace's current opposition to mining as a rule means missing out on compromises that could – and have in many cases – mitigate the environmental impact of mines.

"If you ask them for the name of any mine that is operating in an environmentally acceptable standard you will draw a blank," he states.

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Canadian environmentalist Patrick Moore, who helped organize Greenpeace a year after its founding, says its membership has "become so cornered by their own extremism" that they can't acknowledge even simple facts that might cast doubt on climate change alarmism.
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