James Lovelock was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the global 13 "Heroes of the Environment." The same article which anointed him with that title described as having an "almost unparalleled influence in environmental science."
High praise indeed. Lovelock made big money in 2006 with his book “Revenge of Gaia.” Summarizing the book in an article with the U.K. Independent he postulated that climate change brought on by burning fossil fuels would mean that
"before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable."Lovelock went on to predict that the planet once warmed would remain largely uninhabitable for 100,000 years.
"I made a mistake"
In an interview with MSNBC, Lovelock admits that he had been “extrapolating too far." No doubt he relied on those infamous climate change computer models which haven't been right in more than 30 years. From the interview:
“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,” Lovelock said.As I have repeatedly said, it's all about the money and another of the Warmists had the courage to admit it!
“The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said.
“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,” he added.
He pointed to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” as other examples of “alarmist” forecasts of the future.
As “an independent and a loner,” he said he did not mind saying “All right, I made a mistake.” He claimed a university or government scientist might fear an admission of a mistake would lead to the loss of funding.
“Revenge of Gaia,” published in 2006, he said he had gone too far in describing what the warming Earth would see over the next century.
“I would be a little more cautious -- but then that would have spoilt the book,” he quipped.
Want proof that the left is still milking this issue? Obama announced in an interview with Rolling Stone (another joke) that climate change "will become part of the campaign" of 2012. Yep, got to keep those contributions rolling in from environmentalists before too many more admit the whole issue was a fraud!