Patrick Moore praises US for rejecting Kyoto (9/12/2005)

EXCERPT: "I think this whole Kyoto process is a colossal waste of time and money," said Moore, who rejects alarmist predictions of human-caused 'global warming'.

COMMENT: Patrick Moore is a good example of someone who trumpets his supposed adherence to "sound science" when it comes to GMOs, but who's quite happy to buck the scientific mainstream when it comes to climate change. Moore also, incidentally, supports nukes (see below), clear-cutting of old growth forests and fish farming.

On climate change, Moore is one of many. Ardent pro-GM organisations taking Exxon-Mobil's money include:

American Council on Science and Health (directors include Henry Miller, Norman Borlaug and Thomas DeGregori. Advisors include Dennis Avery)
Competitive Enterprise Institute (co-founder of Prakash's AgBioWorld)
Congress of Racial Equality (has Monsanto as 'corporate partner')
Consumer Alert
Hudson Institute
International Policy Network
American Enterprise Institute
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Cato Institute
Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise
Reason Foundation
Tech Central Station
The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition
Washington Legal Foundation

In the UK, the Scientific Alliance very actively promotes climate scepticism. Its (GM-promoting) scientific advisors include:

Professor Vivian Moses [Chair of the biotech industry backed CropGen lobby group]

Professor Anthony Trewavas
University of Edinburgh

Professor Michael Wilson
Horticulture Research International

Professor Tom Addiscott
Rothamsted Research

Professor Sir Colin Berry
Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Mick Fuller
Department of Agriculture & Food Studies University of Plymouth

Dr Judith Irwin
John Innes Centre [UK's leading plant biotech institute]

Martin Livermore [formerly PR man for DuPont]
Independent Science Communications Advisor

See related article about Patrick Moore in Montreal:
Nuclear Energy Debate Turns Radioactive at Climate Conference (Dec. 8, 2005)

Other GM-promoting organisations that claim to be standing up for science remain relatively quiet, if not completely silent, on climate change, e.g.  Sense About Science, Science Media Centre

Former Greenpeace Co-Founder Praises US for Rejecting Kyoto
By Marc Morano
Dec 9, 2005

Montreal ( - A founding member of Greenpeace, who left the organization because he viewed it as too radical, praised the United States for refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

"At least the [United] States is honest. [The U.S.] said, 'No we are not going to sign that thing (Kyoto) because we can't do that," said Patrick Moore, who is attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal.

Moore noted that many of the industrialized nations that ratified the treaty limiting greenhouse gas emissions are now failing to comply with those emission limits. Moore, who currently heads the Canadian-based environmental advocacy group Greenspirit Strategies helped found both Greenpeace in 1971 and Greenpeace International in 1979.

"Canada signed [Kyoto] and said, 'Oh yeah, we can do that,' and then it merrily goes on its way to increase CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions by even more than the U.S." Moore told Cybercast News Service.

Other industrialized nations -- including Japan and at least 11 of the 15 European Union nations that ratified Kyoto -- are struggling to meet their emission targets.

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, many organizations attending the Climate Change Conference have declared the Kyoto Protocol "dead" because of the signatories' lack of compliance. The treaty establishes a 2012 goal of having top industrialized nations cut their industrial emissions 5.2 percent below the level that was produced in 1990.

"I think this whole Kyoto process is a colossal waste of time and money," said Moore, who rejects alarmist predictions of human-caused 'global warming'".

The U.N.'s 11th Annual Climate Change Conference in Montreal failed to impress Moore, who is there to promote nuclear energy.

"There is nothing concrete going on here. There is nothing good happening here as far as I can see. [The participants at the U.N. conference are] just spending a whole pile of money and auguring and talking" he added.

Moore also slammed the movement he helped found, accusing today's environmental groups of being co-opted by the political Left.

"The Left figures it owns the environmental movement and that has corrupted the movement greatly," Moore said. "The [left-wing] influence has brought great dysfunction into the environmental movement. [It's turned it into] an elitist movement."

Moore said he decided to leave Greenpeace in 1986 after the group became too radical and he could "no longer agree with the policies that were being espoused".

The final straw, according to Moore, came when he failed to persuade Greenpeace to abandon its campaign to ban chlorine worldwide.

"I pointed out that chlorine was the main element used in our medicine and adding it to drinking water was the biggest advance in public health in human history," Moore said. "[My argument] just fell on deaf ears. [Greenpeace] didn't care about any of that because a global chlorine ban was a good campaign [for them]."

Even though he was a pioneer of the movement, liberal environmentalist


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