(Right Country) – A well-known climate activist has issued a stunning apology for what he describes as “fear-mongering”..and had his article yanked by Forbes!
Michael Shellenberger, winner of the 2008 Green Book Award and Time’s “Hero of the Environment,” announced that he wanted to “formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years” on behalf of climate scientists.
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Shellenberger said that “Forbes censored it.”
“I know things are crazy right now but this is really a big deal,” One America News journalist Jack Posobiec tweeted in response to Shellenberger’s comments, linking to a Breitbart article.
The article began to be shared by other sources as well.
Forbes censored it
— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) June 30, 2020
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— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) June 29, 2020
“Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem,” Shellenberger wrote for the online outlet Quillette, where journalist Andy Ngo used to be an editor. “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.”
He went on to describe having felt “an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public,” adding that he was asked to serve as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in addition to being asked to serve as an energy expert for the U.S. Congress.
He then detailed different climate change claims which are not founded in science.
“Humans are not causing a ‘sixth mass extinction,’” Shellenberger said, explaining that climate change “is not making natural disasters worse” and rather that the Amazon, despite claims from activists’ to the contrary, that the Amazon “is not ‘the lungs of the world.’”
“Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003,” he clarified, noting that the increase in the number of fires in Australia and California is not being caused by climate change, but rather a “build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests.”
“Carbon emissions have been declining in rich nations for decades and peaked in Britain, Germany and France in the mid-seventies,” he wrote.
“We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter,” he charged, claiming that wood fuel “is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels.”
“I know that the above facts will sound like ‘climate denialism’ to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism,” he wrote, adding that “facts come from the best-available scientific studies.”
“Some people will, when they read this, imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not,” Shellenberger explained, explaining of his own background that he had “mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare” because he was “embarrassed.”
“After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an ‘existential’ threat to human civilization, and called it a ‘crisis,’” he admitted.
The main reason he’d been afraid that he hadn’t spoken up was out of a fear of “losing friends and funding,” recalling that when he did speak up over the years, he “suffered harsh consequences.”
He admitted that even an “outstanding scientist, good man, and friend of mine, Roger Pielke, Jr., a lifelong progressive Democrat and environmentalist” had spoken up, he was attacked after he testifying in favor of carbon regulations.
“But then, last year, things spiraled out of control,” Shellenberger wrote.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, ‘The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.” Britain’s most high-profile environmental group claimed ‘Climate Change Kills Children,’” he explained, pointing to other examples of misinformation which has caused hysteria over climate change.
“As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct,” Shellenberger wrote, noting that his “formal apology for our fear-mongering” will be published in his new book.
“Once you realize just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavory or unhealthy motivations, it is hard not to feel duped,” he wrote.