Geophysicist James Lovelock, who has dedicated much of his career over the past four decades to increasing adherence to the principles of man-caused global warming, is now apparently what his colleagues would derisively call a “denier.”
In an interview with the BBC earlier this month, he contended that the United Nations ripped many of its recent climate change allegations straight from a book he wrote nearly a decade ago.
“The last [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report is very similar to the statements I made in my book,” he said, referencing 2006’s ‘The Revenge of Gaia. “It’s almost as if they’ve copied it.”
Making matters worse, Lovelock has since debunked his own research and no longer subscribes to the alarmist rhetoric contained therein.
“I’m not funded by some government department or commercial body or anything like that,” he said of his recent change of heart. “If I make a mistake, then I can go public with it – and you have to, becaue it is only by making mistakes that you can move ahead.”
Those receiving generous grants to push an agenda, however, presumably have no such latitude.
“They all talk,” Lovelock said, “they pass laws, they do things, as if they knew what was happening. I don’t think anybody really knows what’s happening. They just guess.”
As far back as 2012, Lovelock began openly criticizing the U.N.’s reportage of climate predicitions, calling that year’s IPCC report “too politicized and too internalized.”
The blind allegiance to global warming has resulted, he alleged, in the scientific community’s exaggeration of empirical evidence.
“Fudging the data in any way whatsoever is quite literally a sin against the holy ghost of science,” he said. The nonagenarian has been quite active recently in distancing himself from his previous deeply held views on the subject.
“Science is going down the drain terribly fast,” he said of his own discipline. “It keeps dividing itself up into expertizes and these expertizes probably don’t know much about the others.”
He has long maintained that the earth is largely capable of repairing any damage done to the ozone layer and suggested that about 80 percent of measurements reported regarding the atmospheric damage “were either faked, or incompletely done.”
Thankfully, a number of other prominent scientists – including U.N. Lead Author Dr. Richard Tol – are also reconsidering their position on the issue. Tol has since had his name removed from the IPCC report, concluding the “idea that climate change poses an existential threat to humankind is laughable.”
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