“A lot of investment in green technology has been a giant scam, if well intentioned.”

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“A lot of investment in green technology has been a giant scam, if well intentioned.”

The quote, and entire interview, are significant for two reasons. First, the interview is seeped with many skeptical opinions about human caused global warming, is very critical of that movement’s effort to politicize science, and the person being interviewed is James Lovelock, the founder of of the concept of Gaia, a former strong advocate of global warming but now a skeptic.

Most significant however is where the interview is published. It is in Nature, one of the most important and influential science journals, which previously has been aggressively pushing global warming politics for years. That they allowed these politically incorrect opinions within their walls and then broadcast them to their readers signals a major cultural shift within the science community. It is beginning to be acceptable to be a skeptic again!



  • mpthompson

    To the leftist, he’s just another idiot to be discarded now that he is no longer useful. Still, it is a surprise from Nature. Obviously, someone was asleep at the switch.

  • Edward

    “The thing we’ve all forgotten is the heat storage of the ocean — it’s a thousand times greater than the atmosphere and the surface. You can’t change that very rapidly.”

    He suggests that the expected heat is “hiding” in the oceans. That has become a standard argument, lately. But why don’t climatologists and the public suspect that the recent heating may have been due to the ocean giving up some of its heat, rather than human activity being the cause? The oceans cannot keep heating up forever, at some point they must give up that heat, otherwise they would have boiled away billions of years ago.

    The ocean hypothesis is a two edged sword. If it is possible that the oceans are the reason that the Earth isn’t heating right now, it could be just as possible that they are the reason (not man) that the Earth was heating between the years ~1970 and ~2000.

  • Mitch S.

    I wonder if there will be fallout on Nature for publishing this.
    Anyway good to see cracks in the wall put up by the GW faithful.
    (Maybe there are still some journal editors with more common sense than school administrators!)

  • Kelly Starks

    Agree that the big story is that Nature would even publish it. Its perhaps a hopeful sign that the millennium has come. ;)

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