"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth", says the Bible.
So let joy be unconfined that one of the world's arch Greenies, James Lovelock, creator of the GAIA hypothesis and therefore the founder of the world's most powerful modern religion -- has come clean and admitted that he got it WRONG with his apocalyptic predictions that billions would like die from man-made climate change by the end of the century. And boy are the Watermelon brigades around the world really pissed off with his being a "traitor to the cause" and that their green drivel has been exposed.
Unlike many "environmentalists," who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honoured working scientist and academic. Having observed that global temperatures since the turn of the millenium have not gone up in the way computer-based climate models predicted, while CO2 has risen, he acknowledged, "the problem is we don't know what the climate is doing. we thought we knew 20 years ago." He responds to attacks on his revised views by noting that, unlike many climate scientists who fear loss of government funding if they admit error, as a freelance scientist, he's never been afraid to revise his theories in the face of new evidence. Indeed, he says, "that's how science advances!"
Among his observations given in an interview with the U.K. Guardian newspaper:
1) He is a long-time supporter of the new-generation nuclear power plants as a way to seriously lower greenhouse emissions safely, which has also made him unpopular with narrow-minded Greenies. After much thought Lovelock has now come out in favour of natural gas fracking (which environmentalists also oppose), as a low-polluting alternative to coal. "It makes me angry with the Greens for try to knock it. Let's be pragmatic and sensible here, we should be going mad for it," he says indignantly.
2) Lovelock blasted the Greens for treating global warming like a religion. "It just so happens that the Green religion is taking over from the Christian religion. It's an other guilt-trip. You can't win people around by saying they are guilty for putting carbon dioxide in the air."
3) Lovelock mocks the idea modern economies can be powered by wind turbines. As he puts it, "so-called 'sustainable development'...is meaningless drivel. we rushed into renewable energy without any thought. The schemes are largely hopelessly inefficient. I personlly can't stand windmills at any price and the cost is millions of birds a year!"
4) Finally, about the claims "the Science is settled" on global warming: "One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the whole truth. You iterate towards the truth. You don't know it."
The Way I See It....I think Mr Lovelock should be now be donating all his royalties from his earlier alarmist bestsellers to help fund those proper, principled, decent scientists around the world, like Fred Singer, Richard Lindzen, Bob Carter, Ian Plimer and Tim Ball, et al, whose careeers have been blighted and whose lives have been made a misery for having said precisely what Lovelock is now admitting, only much, much earlier.
To top off this conversion, perhaps then, using what's left of his cachet among his Greenie Co-religionists to make amends for his sins by calling for the abolition of the corrupt IPCC. Then we can all rejoice in Bibical fashion.