The First Apology?

The great global arming swindle is coming to an end, and the cracks are beginning to appear in the edifice. When former alarmists are starting to apologise and of their own volition then I believe we have progress:

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.

Lovelock, 92, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, but not as quickly as he once feared.

He previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.”

It was this sort of alarmism that made reasonable arguments for mitigation get swamped int he race for the worst possible headlines.

“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.

He pointed to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” as other examples of “alarmist” forecasts of the future.

Finally someone from the alarmist team has called bullshit on Al Gore. I await his apology.

Asked if he was now a climate skeptic, Lovelock told “It depends what you mean by a skeptic. I’m not a denier.”

He said human-caused carbon dioxide emissions were driving an increase in the global temperature, but added that the effect of the oceans was not well enough understood and could have a key role.

“It (the sea) could make all the difference between a hot age and an ice age,” he said.

He said he still thought that climate change was happening, but that its effects would be felt farther in the future than he previously thought.

“We will have global warming, but it’s been deferred a bit,” Lovelock said.

As “an independent and a loner,” he said he did not mind saying “All right, I made a mistake.” He claimed a university or government scientist might fear an admission of a mistake would lead to the loss of funding.

And there is James Lovelock’s apology. Now let’s hear some more.


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  • joe bloggs

    I see that renowned climate change scientist lprent across at the Stranded is now describing Lovelock as “somewhat enthusiastic”.

    Evidently it’s all down to how much buffering there is in the global system with inevitable acceleration of warming just around the corner as the process “accelerates with feedback effects”… something that an upstart like Lovelock simply doesn’t appreciate, according to Lord prent.

    Isn’t it comforting to know that we live with such rare wisdom as a sysop who can’t keep Labour’s website secure but who can confidently predict the next few centuries of climatic events – fucking numpty!

  • Whafe

    Al Gore and apology don’t go together at all…… He is a multi millionaire many times over from speaking alarmist crap about all things Climate Change…..

    This is the ultimate “TOLD YOU SO” situation….. Yeah ha

    •  Like I said way back when I first came to this blog – the debate is useless and pointless for this generation as none of us will be around to say – I Told You So!!! So sorry Whafe – we’re not there yet….more than fifty years before there will be any really significant proof one way or the other and more to be able to say whether mankind had anything to do with it…..This day and age seems to think things happen quickly – take a look at the global timeline and we’re not even a fart on the last second of the last day of the year…

      • Whafe

        Please don’t for a moment that I think it is done and dusted etc etc.

        Being a farmer, I feel I have a small grasp of a good amount of BS we have been fed as to what had been going to happen on the farm.. ….

        Huge topic, but feel this is a small win.

      • I’ll let you have the win Whafe – I suspected you might be a farmer – and you have my support and sympathy – I think our visiting freedom campers to more damage per head than some farms do…..

      • Salacious T Crumb

        Agree on the time scale aspect Neil, but why then do the alarmists ignore plenty of empirical evidence from thousands of years via ice core samples?

        The only thing that is settled is Al Gore bank account.

  • captain Kidd

    Visited Palmerston North in the weekend (yeah I know)they sure have fucked the land scape with all those dreadfull useless wind machines in view.Just another piece of looney green thinking,what a fuck up.

    • Vlad

      Yeah, me too.  The windmachines/birdblenders are the most benign of the products from this apocalyptic cult.  If it matters, they are a net drain on the green balance sheet.  Even assuming that mankind is contributing to a degradation of the global environment (and I am agnostic about that) every action by warmist activists has made things worse.  Carbon trading is an obvious fraud, already manipulated by the corrupt and the cunning.. At its best it is a socialist wealth transfer mechanism to drain taxes from the first world to the third, without rational oversight.  Compulsory or subsidised ethanol killed indigenous peoples, stripped the rainforest for palm planting and destroyed food production. The Luddites changed their mission from Global Warming to Climate Change.  There is some kind of  fascination with end of the world scenarios that feeds a human need.  Bird flu, Y2K disasters, SwineFlu, the media suck it up and  feed it out  and a new industry springs up around it.   WO’s post about the USA says it all. 

      • Gazzaw

        The media suck it up and feed it out because they are one of the biggest beneficiaries. They will keep perpetuating the myth until it becomes more financially advantageous to deny it.  As for carbon trading it’s just the 21st century equivalent of the Great South Seas Bubble.

  • David

    I heard this news but couldn’t find it anywhere in our national press. If he had said we were doomed it would have been the lead story. Thankfully it looks like NickmSmith,s ETS has worked and we are all saved.

  • Will

    Well I don’t call that an apology. It isn’t nearly good enough, even considering the old goat was always as much mystic as scientist. I’d like my money refunded as well.

  • Jimmie

    Any one remember population explosion fears in the 70’s & 80’s. Then it was the ozone hole gona fry every one up because of our evil spray cans and fridges.

    Now its climate change crap and peak oil – the nutters always have to have something to scare joe public in to coughing up more tax $$

    • Gazzaw

      Remember Y2K Jimmie? I would love to have had shares in anything to do with IT maintenance or generator supply in 1999.

  • Kosh103

    Seems more like this fellow is altering his theory based on new evidance as opposed to saying sorry for anything.

    But then Im not one of the silly folk who think the dammage humans are doing isnt all that bad.

  • AngryTory

    The only accepted apology – from someone who wants us to cut our own throats – is to cut their own.

  • Grandstream

    Great Post WO – and great wsh for an apology……dpnt hold your breath.  Without the climate change swindle the Greens will not have the fear & doubt tactic to generate votes.  As we have seen with other Green inflated ideas/stories, they are quick to grabe headlines, but slow as a glacier to apologise for gettign it wrong……still irks me that thate noddy from the greens who claimed 20,000 birds killed by the reno oil spill, when proven wrong, where was the apology  ?