In this world there is virtually none who will admit his mistake.
Fortunately, we now have one man who actually admits his mistake. Therefore James Lovelock has gone up highly in my esteem.
In 2006 Dr Lovelock predicted the Earth “would catch a morbid fever” that would destroy six billion people – "the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable,” he predicted. In 2009, he was telling the Guardian that "we may face planet-wide devastation worse even than unrestricted nuclear war between superpowers". [Source]
In 2010 this is what he said:
Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change from radically impacting on our lives over the coming decades. This is the stark conclusion of James Lovelock, the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory. [Source]
Today he says:
"I made a mistake," the 92-year-old scientist now says.
“We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” Dr Lovelock reflects. “The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time. It [the temperature] has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising – carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that.
“The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened."
A couple of years ago, when I decided to find out the answer for myself, I spent tens (nearly a few hundred) hours studying this issue before concluding that the data simply don't add up. I've consistently stated, ever since, that greater CO2 (of course up to a point!) in the atmosphere provides a NET BENEFIT to life on earth. In any event, its harm is small or non-existent.
Few on this planet have dared articulate this – that CO2 is actually GOOD for us. But the opposing force, which claims that CO2 is bad for us, has been entirely vanquished.
Now I invite those with an OPEN MIND to study further. They will inevitably come to the conclusion I've come to – that CO2 is not mankind's enemy. It leads to greater food, greater economic growth. And no negative consequences.
I might be wrong on this completely opposing view to what is held by a good number of people, and remain open to further data to refute this opinion, but to date, nothing has yet persuaded me against this optimistic view. Only data will persuade me that I'm wrong, but such data doesn't yet exist.
So go forth and multiply. And worry about bad toxic chemicals, but not about CO2 or water vapour.
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