WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 19 — When politicians support a scientific theory, take it with a grain of salt. Their reasons are more than likely to achieve political goals. Take the controversial issue of climate change.
Patrick Moore was there when the controversial organization known as Greenpeace was officially established back in 1971 with the goal of ensuring “the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.” He was a co-founder and president of the organization, which became a powerful political movement that Moore, ultimately, was not willing to accept and it caused him to take his leave.
Moore has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of British Columbia and in 2005 North Carolina State University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Science; he has an international reputation as an expert when it comes to the environment and climate change, says The Epoch Times.
He told the Times recently that “Greenpeace was ‘hijacked’ by the political left when they realized there was money and power in the environmental movement. [Left-leaning] political activists in North America and Europe changed Greenpeace from a science-based organization to a political fundraising organization.”
“Very few people believe the world is not warming. The record is clear that the world has been warming since about the year 1700, 150 years before we were using fossil fuels. 1700 was the peak of the Little Ice Age, which was very cold and caused crop failures and starvation. Before that, around 1000 A.D., was the Medieval Warm period when Vikings farmed Greenland. [And] before that, around 500 A.D., were the Dark Ages, and before that, the Roman Warm Period when it was warmer than today, and the sea level was 1–2 meters higher than today,” Moore said.
He dismisses the notion that man-made climate change is making the earth dangerously warm. On the contrary, he says, the earth is colder than it was in the past and carbon dioxide is lower than it has been in the planet’s history. “But you would never know this if you listen to all the people who benefit from the lie that the Earth will soon be too hot for life and that CO2 will become higher than in Earth’s history,” Moore said.
The history of climate change politics goes back more than a century. Dr. Steven Allen, a distinguished senior fellow at the investigative think tank, Capital Research Center, tells us that as far back as 127 years, for example, the New York Times was running stories with headlines such as “Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Up Again.” In 1932, “the Times warned Melting Polar Ice Caps to Raise the Level of Seas and Flood the Continent.” By the middle of the last century, scary media coverage of climate change was on the rise. In 1958, for example, Harper’s Magazine was predicting The Coming Ice Age. “Generations of journalists promoted ‘scientific’ claims about the climate apocalypse. They should apply the first rule of both science and journalism: At all times, be skeptical.”
Back to Patrick Moore. When discussing the history of climate change, the “doomsayers” use a timeframe that goes back only to 1850. They call the eras prior to the mid-19th century the pre-industrial age, Moore said. “This ‘pre-industrial age’ was more than 3 billion years when life was on the Earth. Many climate changes [occurred during that period], including Ice Ages, Hothouse Ages, major extinctions due to asteroid impacts, and other unknown causes. Today, the Earth is in the Pleistocene Ice Age, which began 2.6 million years ago … so the most recent major glaciation, which peaked 20,000 years ago, was not the end of the Ice Age. We are still in the Pleistocene Ice Age no matter how the climate alarmists wish to deny this.”