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Ex-Greenpeace member scared of imminent ‘global cooling’

Published time: July 09, 2014 20:26
Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore (Image from flickr.com by TEDx Vancouver )

Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore (Image from flickr.com by TEDx Vancouver )

​A former prominent member of Greenpeace told an audience at a Las Vegas, Nevada event this week that concerns regarding global warming are overblown, and that the opposite may actually soon be occurring.

“I fear a global cooling,” warned Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, who played a significant role in Greenpeace Canada before leaving the environmentalist group in 1986 and later authoring a book titled “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout.”

Speaking to a crowd while presenting a keynote address on Tuesday this week at the International Conference on Climate Chance, Moore insisted that recent statistics show the US is currently cooling, that there has been “no global warming for nearly 18 years” and that the results could have an adverse impact on the world’s agriculture.

“Let’s hope for a little warming as opposed to a little cooling. I would rather it got a little warmer,” Moore added during the event, an annual conference hosted by the Heartland Institute — “the world’s most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change,” according to The Economist.

“If it warms two degrees, hopefully more in Canada in the North…maybe it would be a good thing if it did,” added Moore, according to a transcript of his keynoted posted on the website Climate Depot this week.

According to Climate Depot’s Marc Morano, Moore went on to mock the notion that “everything is due to global warming,” and questioned scientific tests that linked increases in carbon dioxide during the modern era with periods of warmth.

“There are so many [climate] variables that we can’t control and when you do an experiment you have to control all the variables except the one you are studying if you want to get a clean result. There are even variables we do not even understand that we cannot control,” said Moore. “So it is virtually impossible to think of doing an experiment where we would be able to tweeze out the impact of CO2 versus the hundreds of other variables at work. Which is why you could never make a model that would predict the climate.”

“The president seems to say it is sufficient to say the ‘science is settled.’ It is hollow statement with no content,” the ecologist continued, adding later that fundamental changes should occur to the way American school children are lectured about climate change.

“Change the way our kids are being taught about this subject because if we don’t there will be a whole generation of people who are just blindly following this climate hysteria,” Morano quoted Moore as saying. “Our children are not taught logic, they are not taught what the scientific method is, and they are taught that carbon dioxide is pollution. They are told it is carbon now as if it were soot.”

After leaving Greenpeace following a decade-and-a-half of work with the world-renowned organization, Moore went on to form his own consulting company, Greenspirit, and was also appointed co-chair and paid spokesperson for the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, a branch of the Nuclear Energy Institute lobbying group that seeks to "promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world."

Moore’s remarks were made the same week that RT reported that recently released data made public by the US government suggests the average temperature from coast-to-coast has decreased slightly during the last decade.

“Not only is there a pause in the posited temperature rise from man-made global warming, but a clearly evident slight cooling trend in the US Average Temperature over nearly the last decade,” former television meteorologist Anthony Watts wrote, citing statistics recently made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Comments (22)

 

Danny Wall 15.07.2014 15:10

Our current period of warming started over 20,000 years ago long before humans were any significant presence on the planet. How is warming that started 20,000 years ago supposed to be caused by humans?

You can use the climate tool at woodfortrees to see that there's not been any relevant global temperature change for 18 years.

A look at the 800,000 year temp record shows where temps are likely headed.

 

Jordan Stevens 13.07.2014 16:53

If after hundreds of years of research on weather prediction, the scientists cannot predict whether it will rain tomorrow or not, I wonder how they can tell what will happen even next year? Yes, indeed, scientists can have it wrong. It was not long ago that doctors believed leeches were good for sick people. As a scientist myself, I know how hard it is to model things. It was the topic of my thesis in physics.

 

John Swindle 11.07.2014 06:32

If there were global warming we'd expect to see polar ice caps melting; sea levels rising; fresh water supplies of low-lying islands increasingly contaminated by seawater; and air temperatures rising, especially noticeable in the tropics where there's less seasonal and annual variation. As far as I can tell, all of that is already happening.

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