Global Warming: “It Looked Clear Cut”

James Lovelock was the inspiration for my Global Warming Panic Chart several years ago:

(Click to enlarge it.)

This scientist, heavily involved in the science and media uproar over the “ozone hole,” came up with a theory (more of a metaphor) that Earth is a superorganism that he calls “Gaia.”

Lovelock has been something of a media darling, “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.”

But now he’s backing off of this position, recognizing that the catastrophism (he calls it alarmism) is unjustified. That link goes to WUWT, and here’s the original “I was an alarmist” MSNBC story.

So, this moves him from the 9 or 10 range of the Panic Chart down to an apparent 5 or 6. Very significant, especially given how much the catastrophists loved him because of his previous dire predictions. (During this same time, I’ve gone from a 3.5 to a solid 3.)

Interestingly, he lets slip a bit of evidence that he knew his predictions were wrong when he made them: “I would be a little more cautious — but then that would have spoilt the book,” he quipped.

Yes, just as actual data about climate change would spoil the whole religion. The catastrophists are now working furiously to eliminate any debate — Australia has moved to outlaw skepticism, and an editorial in the New York Times suggests that skeptics homes should be allowed to burn down. Elsewhere, catastrophists suggest that skeptics should be denied rights and privileges, locked up, and treated for a psychiatric condition.

Of course, this sort of clashes with the narrative that we are all “funded by oil companies” — something I find rather funny, since (1) this turned out to be completely untrue at the evil Heartland Institute, and (2) BP and Shell and Enron have been pushing (and funding) the catastrophist movement for decades. The largest donation ever given to a university by a corporation was British Petroleum to fer left wing Berkely in California. They pay people to condemn “Big Oil” — but watch what actually happens in the legislation. They’ll not be hurt by the new green subsidies.

But what do they do, now, about James Lovelock? What will the catastrophists think and say about him. Prediction: At 90, he was a visionary — but at 92, he’s old and senile and unreliable.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle