“Gobal warming is not about overconsumption, morality, ideology or capitalism. It is largely the result of human beings generating energy by burning hydrocarbons and coal.”
— Mark Lynas, in his book The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans
Provocative? Bleedingly obvious? Guaranteed to generate some comment (and sell some books). Worth pondering. Which I will do before weighing in.
Way back when I was just a novice environmentalist, Greenpeace seemed like a good idea. It published a decent newsletter, was drawing attention to otherwise neglected issues, and, while understandably suspicious of technology, seemed to have more than a grudging respect for science as a tool to preserve those things worse preserving. It was one of the few NGOs that received what little I could afford to donate to charitable causes. I don’t regret supporting them in the 80s, and not just because I shared the group’s desire to save the whales.
I still want to save the whales. I no longer support Greenpeace.
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