Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Apostle's Denial

Patrick Moore was one of the cofounders of Greenpeace. He has been an environmental activist for nearly four decades now, sailing into the Aleutian Islands on the inaugural Greenpeace mission in 1971. For many of us, however, Moore first came to our attention for his unique stance in support of nuclear power. In an interview with Fareed Zakaria last year in Newsweek, Moore championed the rapid construction of new nuclear plants as a means to replace the energy currently generated by coal-fired power plants in the United States and other parts of the world.

This morning on BBC's One Planet radio program, Mike Williams interviewed Patrick. Moore expressed skepticism regarding the anthropogenic causes for global warming, stating -

"I do not believe that we know for certain that we are causing global warming or climate change. I believe the subject is so much more complex than we understand."

It will be interesting to see how this apostle's denial is received by members of the scientific community who have made anthropogenic forcing a cornerstone of contemporary climate science.

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