Environmentalism 'has become a religion' says Gaia Theory's Godfather of Green
Environmentalism has become a "religion" - and "religions don't worry too much about facts" says scientist James Lovelock, father of the modern green movement.
Interviewed in the Guardian on the day of the IPCC's latest report, Lovelock also praises nuclear power as "an extraordinary gift to humans" and dismisses criticisms of it as "propaganda":
"I'm a scientist and an inventor, and it is absurd to reject nuclear
energy," he says. "It all comes from the religious side. They feel
guilty about dropping atom bombs on people. Here was this extraordinary
gift given to humans – a safe, cheap source of power – and it gets
horribly abused right at the start.
We're still playing out the guilt
feelings about it. But it's sad because we in Britain could now be
having cheap energy if we'd gone on building [nuclear power stations]."
waste? "It isn't a problem," he insists. "Sandy and I were invited to
France, and we stood on 25 years of nuclear waste at La Hague.
I had my own handheld monitor to check whether they were bullshitting
me about it, and it was showing about the same reading as I was getting
in this room. It was completely safe.
The Swiss did a study of the
number of deaths per year in all the various power systems, and nuclear beats everything." What about the meltdown at Fukushima in 2011? "That's the most amazing collection of lies ever known," he says. "There is virtually no wildlife damage anywhere near Fukushima.
Levels [of radiation] are much too low. Nobody was killed, nobody was
even hurt, so what was all the fuss about? It's all propaganda. People
badmouth nuclear so nobody dares use it."
His remarks will infuriate those in the green movement who once saw Lovelock as a role model. Besides having invented "Gaia theory" , Lovelock was once at the forefront of the climate alarmism, warning in 2007 that "Billions of us will die; few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in Arctic."
However, in his 100th decade (Lovelock is now 94), he appears to be enjoying a new burst of optimism:
"We shouldn't worry too much about terrible disasters because they've
happened in the past [when we may have been down to just a few thousand
individuals] and we've come back. We are an extraordinarily special
species, the first to harvest information."