Woah: Did This Climate Expert Just Admit The “Climate Scare” Is A Farce?

(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.

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.

“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.

5 COMMENTS

  1. 99% of Earth’s heat flux is due to Solar radiation. 99% of the remainder is due to volcanism, which stems from the Earth’s molten core. That means that the portion of Earth’s heat flux due to us humanoids starts at the 0.0001% level. There are things we can do to protect our environment, such as the switch from Freon to more climate-friendly refrigerants, but trying to stop climate change on a planet-wide scale is hopeless. We may see ocean levels rise with global warming, but the solution is to protect specific cities like New York and Miami with seawalls, rather than try to stop the oceans from rising. Venice, Italy has already adopted this approach. We should also remember that heat and CO2 are plant food and therefore desireable. The Russians have been praying for heat for millenia – they should be happy to see global warming. Also, consider the alternative to global warming – a new Ice Age. Do we really want that?

    • As a matter of fact, we are overdue for another Ice Age. Moreover, many scientists are worried that the lack of solar activity (sun spots) could be a harbinger of reduced solar output, which could lead to the next Ice Age.

      Couple that with the environmental fear mongering of the 70’s, which was just that: a new Ice Age was upon us, and only extreme action by the governments of the world could prevent mass starvation. Sound familiar? Same song, different verse.

      And the doom is always just over the horizon. It used to always be ten years away. Now the climate extremists realize that ten years is a little too convenient, so they’ve changed it to twelve to seem like it really is based on some scientific truth. They just can’t tell us what that truth is, leaving it instead to genius environmentalists like the barely pubescent Greta Thunberg to chastise us for our indifference to the supposedly imminent end of all things.

      Sooner or later, people are going to get wise to the hoax. Enough has been written about it, if people just look for it. Try Brian Sussman’s book “Climategate” if you’d like a good starting point.

  2. The global warming idiots never research the earth’s history. There were warming trends that the earth went through when human population was much less and there was NO crude oil or coal being used for anything. That last major warming trend happened in the 13th century and there were no cars or factories or coal mines or oil wells. All heating and cooking was done by burning wood or animal poop. All lubrication was done with animal fat. That warming trend ended the dark ages and vastly improved the quality of life for human beings. But you can’t explain that to a dummycrat, they’re too dumb.

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