“Gaia” Guru Admits Global Warming Alarmism Is Wrong

James Delingpole reports in the Telegraph of London that James Lovelock, the “greenest” of the “greens,” now admits that the doomsaying over global warming is wrong.

[O]ne of the archest of the world’s arch Greenies – James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia hypothesis and therefore, more or less, founder of the world’s most powerful modern religion – has come clean and admitted that he got it wrong in his doomsday predictions about “Climate Change.”

In 2007, Time magazine named Lovelock as one its thirteen “Heroes of the Environment” for conceiving of the earth as the single organism “Gaia.”

As MSNBC also reports,

James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too. . . .

“The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened,” Lovelock said.

“The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said.

“The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added.

Belief in global warming catastrophe has been a major tenet of environmentalism as secular religion, but now with the most prominent “green” crusader having broken ranks with the climate alarmists, might there be hope that reason and common sense will prevail? Please see the following articles by our Senior Fellow Robert H. Nelson, author of the Independent Institute’s award-winning book, The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary America:

“Environmentalism has become a religion” (McClatchy Newspapers)

“Environmentalism: The New Religion Freely Taught In Schools” (Forbes)

“Wasteful U.S. public-land policy must change” (Arizona Republic)

“Free the American West: Get the federal government off public lands that are of no national importance” (Los Angeles Times)

David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute and Publisher of the quarterly journal, The Independent Review.
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