On behalf of ecologists everywhere, I would like to officially apologize for the climate panic that we have created over the past 30 yearsClimate change is happening. This is simply not the end of the world. This is not even the most serious environmental problem.
It may seem strange to me that I am saying all this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30 years.
But as an energy expert, whom Congress asked to provide objective expert evidence and who was invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as an expert expert in his next assessment report, I feel obligated to apologize for how badly we, environmentalists, misled the public,
Here are some facts that few people know:
People not causing the “sixth mass extinction”
Amazon not “Lungs of the world”
Changing of the climate not disaster aggravation
There are lights refused 25% worldwide since 2003
The amount of land we use for meat – the largest use of land by humanity – has refused almost as big as Alaska
Increasing wood fuel and more homes near forests, not climate change, explain why more and more dangerous fires occur in Australia and California
Carbon emissions are declining in most affluent countries. and declining in the UK, Germany and France since the mid-1970s
Adapting to living below sea level has made the Netherlands rich and not poor
We produce 25% more food than we need, and surplus food will grow as the world gets hotter
Loss of habitat and direct killing of wild animals pose a greater threat to species than climate change
Wood fuel is far worse for humans and wildlife than fossil fuel
Preventing future pandemics requires no less “industrial” agriculture
I know that the above facts will sound like “denial of the climate” for many people. But it only shows strength climatic alarmist,
In fact, the above facts are based on the best available scientific research, including those conducted or adopted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other leading scientific bodies.
Some read this when they think I’m the right anti-ecologist. I do notAt age 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23, I raised money for women’s cooperatives in Guatemala. At the age of 20, I lived in the Amazon semi-region, conducting research with small farmers struggling with land invasions. At 26, I helped expose bad conditions at Nike factories in Asia.
I became an environmentalist when I was 16 when I organized fundraising for the Rainforest Action Network. At age 27, I helped save the last unprotected ancient red forests in California. In my 30s, I promoted renewable energies and successfully helped convince the Obama administration to invest $ 90 billion in them. Over the past few years, I have helped save enough nuclear power plants from replacing fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions.
But until last year, I basically avoided speaking out against the climate panic. This is partly because I was embarrassed. After all, I am just as guilty of panic as any other environmentalist. For many years, I called climate change a “existential” threat to human civilization and called it a “crisis.”
But basically, I was scared. I was silent about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. Several times I took courage to protect the science of climate from those who distorted it, I had serious consequences. And so I basically stood aside and did almost nothing, as my environmental colleagues scared the public.
I even stood aside when people in the White House and many in the media tried to ruin the reputation and career of an outstanding scientist, a good man and my friend, Roger Pilke Jr., a lifelong progressive democrat and environmentalist who testified in favor carbon standards. Why would they do that? Because his research proves that natural disasters are not exacerbated.
But after, last year things got out of hand,
Alexandria Okasio-Cortez said “The world will end in twelve years if we do not address the issue of climate change.” Britain is the most loud environmental group argued that “climate change is killing children.”
The most influential green journalist in the world, Bill McKibben, called climate change is “the greatest problem that people have ever encountered”, and said that it “will destroy civilizations.”
Chief journalists have repeatedly reported that the Amazon is the “lungs of the world,” and deforestation is like a nuclear bomb explosion.
Because of, half the people Interviewees around the world last year say they think humanity will die out, And in January one of five British children tell sociologists that they have nightmares about climate change,
Regardless of whether you have children, you must understand how wrong this is. I admit that I can be sensitive because I have a teenage daughter. After we talked about science, they reassured her. But her friends are deeply misinformed and therefore, of course, scared.
So I decided that I had to speak out. I knew that writing a few articles would not be enough. I need a book to properly lay out all the evidence.
And so my official apology for our squandering in the form of fear comes in the form of my new book, Apocalypse never: why environmental alarmist hurts us all,
It is based on two decades of research and three decades of environmental activity. On 400 pages, including 100 footnotes, Apocalypse Never covers climate change, deforestation, plastic waste, species extinction, industrialization, meat, nuclear energy and renewable energy sources.
Some highlights from the book:
Factories and modern agriculture are the key to human liberation and environmental progress.
The most important thing to save the environment is to produce more food, especially meat, on smaller lands
Most important for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions transition from wood to coal to oil to natural gas to uranium
100% renewable energy will require an increase in land used for energy production from today’s 0.5% to 50%.
We should want cities, farms and power plants to have higher, not lower, specific power
Vegetarianism reduces emissions by less than 4%
Greenpeace did not save the whales; the transition from whale oil to oil and palm oil did
Free range beef will require 20 times more land and will produce 300% more emissions
Greenpeace dogmatism exacerbated Amazon forest fragmentation
Colonialist approach to conservation of gorillas in Congo provoked a backlash that could lead to the death of 250 elephants
Why were we all so misled?
In the last three chapters Apocalypse Never I reveal financial, political and ideological motives. Environmental groups take hundreds of millions of dollars on fossil fuel interestsGroups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty “sustainable”. And anxiety for status, depression, and hostility toward modern civilization are at the heart of most of the alarmist
Once you understand how much we were misinformed, often by people with clearly dubious or unhealthy motives, hard not to feel cheated,
Will be Apocalypse Never is there any difference There are, of course, reasons to doubt it.
The media have made apocalyptic statements about climate change since the late 1980s and do not seem to be inclined to stop.
The ideology behind the environmental alert, Malthusianism, has been repeatedly disproved for 200 years, and yet it is stronger than ever,
But there is also reason to believe that environmental alarmism, if not over, will have diminishing cultural strength.
The coronavirus pandemic is a real crisis that puts the climate “crisis” in perspective. Even if you think that we have responded, Covid-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and a shattered economy around the world.
Scientific institutions, including WHO and the IPCC, undermined their authority through the repeated politicization of science. Their future existence and relevance depend on new leadership and major reforms.
Facts still matter, and social networks allow a wider range of new and independent voices to defeat alarmists-ecologists in old publications,
Nations openly return to their own interests, avoiding Malthusianism and neoliberalism, which is good for nuclear weapons and bad for renewable energy sources.
Evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilization is better for people and nature than a low-energy civilization, to which climate alarmists would scare us,
Invitations from the IPCC and Congress are signs of growing openness to new thinking about climate change and the environment. Another was the answer to my book from climate scientists, environmentalists and environmental scientists. “Apocalypse Never a very important book, ”writes Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize Atomic bomb“This may be the most important environmental book ever written,” says Tom Wigley, one of the fathers of modern climate science.
“We, environmentalists, condemn those who hold opposing views as ignorant of science and susceptible to evasion,” wrote former head of Nature Conservancy Steve McCormick. “But all too often we are to blame for the same thing. Schellenberger offers “tough love” – a challenge to deep-rooted orthodox and tough, self-destructive mindsets. Apocalypse Never sometimes it captivates with tough, but always carefully thought-out, evidence-based points of view that will help develop the “mental muscles” that we must imagine and design not only in a hopeful, but also achievable future. ”
That’s all I hoped for by writing this. If you have gone this far, I hope you will agree that this may not be as strange as it seems that a lifelong ecologist, progressive and climate activist felt the need to speak out against alarmism,
I also hope that you accept my apologies.