Green Movement Founder Opposes Wind Turbines in His Backyard

One of the world's premiere environmentalists, credited as a founder of the green movement, is fighting plans to erect wind turbines in his own village.

Professor James Lovelock, 93, is renowned for having created the "Gaia Theory" and becoming one of the world's earliest and most active modern environmentalists. He is also known for claiming global warming would kill off four-fifths of the world's population by the year 2100.

Lovelock, however, has lately come at odds to the movement he helped foster, angering the environmental movement by becoming an advocate of nuclear power and opposing wind energy.

It's a case of NIMBY (not in my back yard) for the professor as he has joined local activists in Broadwoodwidger, Devon, who are trying to stop the erection of wind turbines. Lovelock says wind turbines are "monuments of a failed civilization."

"I am an environmentalist and founder member of the Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood," Lovelock recently wrote.

"We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable, nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs."

Lovelock especially stands against greenism via certain acts of government fiat legislation, calling it something akin to "fascism."

"Although well-intentioned it is an erosion of our freedom and draws near to what I see as fascism," he said.


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