When even the most devout start to question their faith

The man who devised the pseudoscientific, collectivist theory of a Gaia/superorganism has conceded to being alarmist.

From MSNBC (of all places):

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.”

This is the man who inspired some of Tim Flannery’s more unusual beliefs.

And now Tim’s hero is selling him out.

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

[…]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.

Just what skeptics have been saying all along.

How long will it take the planet not to warm before Gore and Flannery start denouncing their faith in Gaia?

(Via Tim Blair)


About Climate Nonconformist

Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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3 Responses to When even the most devout start to question their faith

  1. Iain Hall says:

    Reblogged this on Iain Hall's SANDPIT and commented:
    Nice piece and interesting to see Lovelock realise that those like Gore and Flannery have been , to say the least over egging the pudding.
    Cheers Comrades

  2. busby777 says:

    climate changes — that’s what it does — glad to see a bit of common sense here

  3. busby777 says:

    Reblogged this on Busby777’s Weblog and commented:
    ah, a bit of common sense from the originator of the Gaia hypothesis

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