Back on Feb. 26 of this year, an article appeared on FoxNews.com with the following headline, “Greenpeace co-founder: No scientific proof humans are dominant cause of warming climate.” Here’s what Patrick Moore, a Canadian ecologist and co-founder of Greenpeace back in 1971, told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.” He added that environmental groups like the one he helped establish used faulty computer models and scare tactics in promoting claims man-made gases are heating up the planet.
Even if the planet is warming up, Moore said it would not endanger mankind because humans are a “subtropical species” anyway. Recently, a United Nations report on the scientific data behind global warming indicated that global surface temperatures have not increased during the past 15 years. Factors that may influence global warming include things like natural variability, reduced heating from the sun, and the ocean acting like a “heat sink” which sucks up any extra warmth in the atmosphere. Moore said he left Greenpeace in the 1980s because it was his view the organization was more interested in politics than science. “After 15 years in the top committee, I had to leave as Greenpeace took a sharp turn to the political left, and began to adopt policies that I could not accept from my scientific perspective. Climate change was not an issue when I left Greenpeace, but it certainly is now.”
Back on Oct. 29 of last year, I wrote a column on this very subject – at least the part about global warming. At the time I wrote, “I have always suspected that all the consternation regarding global warming caused by man’s use of fossil fuels was overstated. It just has never made sense that anything done by man could significantly alter the temperature of this massive planet. The belief that mankind could, through the use of fossil fuels, increase the temperature of the planet really overestimates, I believe, the influence of man. I have also suspected that the atmosphere surrounding the earth was so huge, for lack of a better term, that man’s use of fossil fuels could easily be absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere without changing its temperature at all. It would be like emptying a bottle of red ink in the ocean and expecting all the water to turn pink! The atmosphere is just too vast for anything man does to impact its natural cycles of warming and cooling.