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On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
Quillette ^ | 6/30/2020 | By Michael Shellenberger

Posted on 06/30/2020 12:33:46 PM PDT by NohSpinZone

On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem. I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.

But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as expert reviewer of its next assessment report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.

Here are some facts few people know:

* Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”

* The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”

* Climate change is not making natural disasters worse

* Fires have declined 25 percent around the world since 2003

* The amount of land we use for meat—humankind’s biggest use of land—has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska

* The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California

* Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s

* The Netherlands became rich, not poor while adapting to life below sea level

* We produce 25 percent more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter

* Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change

(Excerpt) Read more at quillette.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3; apocalypsenever; climatechange; didyousearch; environment; globalwarming; ipcc; michaelshellenberger
Yeah this guy is promoting a book but he brings up many points that I've tried to educate the sheep on with no avail. The most important one for me is the sheep not understanding how much land is required to go "renewable" because of its inefficiency as an energy source.
1 posted on 06/30/2020 12:33:46 PM PDT by NohSpinZone
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To: NohSpinZone

The sheep have lost their minds. Reason, logic, and correct analysis are beyond their capability. Sad, but true.


2 posted on 06/30/2020 12:40:49 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around. God gives countless clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: NohSpinZone

To me environmentalism is just clean air and water. That is what is important. The rest of this crap the left spews is nonsense.


3 posted on 06/30/2020 12:54:58 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: NohSpinZone

Shellenberger had an article about his new book posted at Forbes.com, but it was removed quickly.


4 posted on 06/30/2020 12:57:23 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: NohSpinZone

“In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell


5 posted on 06/30/2020 12:59:03 PM PDT by Jan_Sobieski (Sanctification)
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To: NohSpinZone

Pose these to the apologist sandanista POS:

1. Define the “correct” temperature range for the planet.

2. Define the “correct” humidity range for the planet.

3. Define the “correct” mean sea level for the planet.

4. Define the “correct” amount of precipitation for the planet.

5. Define the “correct” makeup of the atmosphere.

6. Define the “correct” amount of sea ice at the N/S poles.

7. Define/explain past glaciation and subsequent warming without any input from humans.


6 posted on 06/30/2020 1:03:27 PM PDT by rktman ( #My2ndAmend! ----- Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

7 posted on 06/30/2020 1:06:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: NohSpinZone

HOW DARE YOU, MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER!!!


8 posted on 06/30/2020 1:14:39 PM PDT by Jan_Sobieski (Sanctification)
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To: NohSpinZone
From inside: Greenpeace didn’t save the whales, switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did

True, and the biggest change agent was JD Rockefeller at Standard Oil

9 posted on 06/30/2020 1:30:26 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (When your business model depends on slave labor, you're always going to need more slaves)
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To: NohSpinZone

Soon to be cancelled.


10 posted on 06/30/2020 1:55:34 PM PDT by karnage
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To: NohSpinZone

I was in the environmental field for quite a while immersed in scientific investigation and a lot of what he writes as bullet points is accurate, however I take specific exception to this:
“Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4 percent”
because the reason I became a veg was the cruelty of much conventional farming and the maintaining of animals primarily for meat production. But then I would disagree with him that factory farming is going to be the saving of the world.

It is a shame that for science as for so much else in the world today, emotional lies have overriden factual information.


11 posted on 06/30/2020 2:03:10 PM PDT by malach (We live in interesting times.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

This is the article, republished elsewhere.


12 posted on 06/30/2020 2:06:28 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (Power is More often surrendered than seized.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Yes, I’m just saying it was posted at Forbes, but then they quickly removed it with no explanation.


13 posted on 06/30/2020 3:38:37 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: malach

Humans and domestic animals have an understanding. We will perpetuate their species in exchange for eating some of them, getting milk or hair, or bacon. To respect this arrangement I think it is more important to eat all of the meat and don’t throw it in the trash. Respect. Also scraps should go to dogs. Besides dogs rely on the excess meat that animals yield but humans can’t consume so they help us keep up our side of the bargain. I think that vegetarians should not have dogs as companions if they are not going to give dogs meat.


14 posted on 06/30/2020 4:10:05 PM PDT by webheart (Coronavirus, I give up. Come get me.)
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15 posted on 06/30/2020 4:20:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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