Tuesday, 24 April 2012

GAIA's James Lovelock turns his back on global warming

James Lovelock turning his back.
James Lovelock was the re-inventor of Tim Flannery's self-confessed religion - "Gaia." James Lovelock was also one of the fore-runners in the promotion of the man-made CO2 emissions global warming hypothesis.

Lovelock previously turned his back on "Gaia." Now, he is also turning his back on the alarmist hypothesis.

Marc Morano of Climate Depot reports:
MSNBC, perhaps the most unlikely of news sources, reports on what may be seen as the official end of the man-made global warming fear movement.
Contrast Lovelock's 2012 skeptical climate views with his 2007 beliefs during the height of the man-made climate fear movement. [ Flashback 2007: Lovelock Predicts Global Warming Doom: 'Billions of us will die; few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in Arctic' ]t
During his interview, Lovelock pointed out that Tim Flannery's "The Weather Makers" as an example of “alarmist” forecasts of the future. TCS blog has previously reported on Dr Wes Allen's "The Weather Makers Re-examined" - a critical appraisal of Tom's tome.

“Jim Lovelock has no university, no research institute, no students. His almost unparalleled influence in environmental science is based instead on a particular way of seeing things,” Oliver Morton, of the journal Nature wrote in Time.  
Asked if he was now a climate skeptic, Lovelock told msnbc.com: “It depends what you mean by a skeptic. I’m not a denier."
Not one of us are deniers, James!
He said human-caused carbon dioxide emissions were driving an increase in the global temperature, but added that the effect of the oceans was not well enough understood and could have a key role.
“It (the sea) could make all the difference between a hot age and an ice age,” he said.
He said he still thought that climate change was happening, but that its effects would be felt farther in the future than he previously thought.
“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,” Lovelock 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.
In an interview with the Guardian's Leo Hickman he discussed the corruption of data by the CRU:
I was utterly disgusted.
I have seen this happen before, of course. We should have been warned by the CFC/ozone affair because the corruption of science in that was so bad that something like 80% of the measurements being made during that time were either faked, or incompetently done.

Fudging the data in any way whatsoever is quite literally a sin against the holy ghost of science. I'm not religious, but I put it that way because I feel so strongly. It's the one thing you do not ever do. You've got to have standards.
Careers have been ended by this affair and the reputation of the institution [CRU] will go down for a while. It's sad because there are some good people there. They have to clean their house if they know people are behaving badly. 
On the surveys showing that public trust with climate science is eroding:
I think the public are right. That's why I'm soft on the sceptics. Science has got overblown.
 More of Leo Hickman's interesting and informative interview HERE.

The Global Warming Policy Foundation also reports the omission by the MSM of a startling news story, the retreat of James Lovelock as well as shortcomings in Darwin's theory:

True to form, the overwhelming majority of press outlets failed to report the juiciest global-warming gossip of the week — a change of heart on the issue by one of the world’s most celebrated environmentalists. Also true to form, the press failed to report the most profound science story of the week — a startling theory that not only absolves humans of blame in global warming but sheds light on another taboo subject: shortcomings in Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Unlike their coverage of the political establishment or the corporate establishment, journalists will rarely be skeptical of the scientific establishment. Perhaps these ­unskeptical journalists don’t question scientists out of a belief that scientists’ pronouncements are free of the self-interest that taints politicians or corporations. Or perhaps these journalists, who are themselves rarely scientifically literate, blindly accept the views of scientific authority figures because they lack the training to assess rival views. Or perhaps these journalists fear being subjected to ridicule if they buck politically correct views. Whatever the reasons for journalistic deference to dogma in science, the victim is the information-consuming public, which at best is kept in the dark, at worst is duped.


  1. can you blog on my ideas that MSNBC interview was PR stunt to sell books?

    NEWS TIP ..re your editorial missed the boat...see....and
    write new one now? re

    LOVELOCk did not recant anything, only the timeframe, ....please write
    second eitorial expklingint this sir and replu me here. i am climate
    reporter inTaiwan


  2. Facts: Ian Johnston is not a reporter for MSNBC. He is an editor. On
    his Twitter page, he admits as such. He writes: "I am an editor for
    MSNBC.com, and I like to cover stories about [lists topics he likes,
    of which is environment]." He appears to be a British man. He might
    even have an inside link to Dr Lovelock via school or family or PR
    trainging. We'll know more when he tells the truth on how this
    non-story transpired. So far, he's not talking, and he's not answering my emails. Stonewalling again?
    Two: he interviewed Dr Lovelock by telephone at his home in Cornwall,England, from his news desk in New York. And there was no press conference.

  3. Three: why did this telephone interview take place on that day when in fact there was NO NEWS about LOVELOCK or climate change that would warrant such a big news story?

    Answer: Aha, Lovelock's PR people at his publisher in London, or New York, most likely know
    Ian and in anticipation of Lovelock's new book coming out in 2013, the PR people asked Ian if he would like to interview James Lovelock by telephone person to person in the UK? Of course, Ian took the bait and ran with it. Great story too.
    Interesting. But why NOW? It seems that the PR people wanted to create a pre-publication BUZZ a good 9 months before publication in order to
    create a waiting readership for the new book. A great PR move. Ian fell for it. Ian did not report why or how the interview came about
    and that is both unethical and unprofessional. But the PR team is happy. And Ian got his scoop. And Dr Lovelock doesn't mind, because he
    is a great man and he's always good for good quotse. Ian's story rocked. But there's a back story to the MSNBC story we need to know. Now you know it.

    It was a PR stunt, a marketing set up, a news gimmick. And MSNBC fell for it.

  4. Perhaps it was a PR story, but wouldn't it be more effective PR if the story came out closer to the release of the book - or even better at the time of the book's release?

    THAT would be good PR, especially if the book contained some of the material from the msnbc report.

    Of interest to this Australian based blog is the fact that Lovelock dismisses Prof Tim Flannery's flawed fable.

    Have you read this - Dan?


    Lovelock previously said that man-made CO2 emissions cause dangerous runaway global warming. In the interview Lovelock is quoted as saying: “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.”

    I don't know what you call that, dan, but I call it an about face.

    Perhaps you'd like to interview Dr Wes Allen. It can be arranged.

  5. It is not too difficult to see why James Lovelock backtracked. It is just a wonder that more are not doing so! Remember that these alarmist model predictions were first aired by the UN at the Villach, Austria conference of 1985. We have three decades of independent data to (in)validate their failed predictions. The temperature rise is below the low estimates of 0.2oC/decade.


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