[asa] New Scientist: James Lovelock: " Most of the "green" stuff is verging on a gigantic scam"

From: Lynn Walker <lynn.wlkr@gmail.com>
Date: Fri Jan 23 2009 - 19:09:15 EST

Interesting. :)

New Scientist
James Lovelock
23 January 2009


*With his 90th birthday in July, a trip into space scheduled for later in
the year and a new book out next month, 2009 promises to be an exciting time
for James Lovelock. (the originator of the Gaia theory, which describes
Earth as a self-regulating planet)

Q: **Do we have time to .. save ourselves from climate change?

A: * Not a hope in hell. *Most of the "green" stuff is verging on a
gigantic scam*. Carbon
with its huge government subsidies, is just what finance and industry
wanted. It's *not going to do a damn thing* about climate change, *but it'll
make a lot of money for a lot of people* and postpone the moment of
reckoning. I am not against renewable energy, but to spoil all the decent
countryside in the UK with wind farms is driving me mad. It's absolutely
unnecessary, and it takes 2500 square kilometres to produce a gigawatt -
that's an awful lot of countryside.

*Q: What about work to sequester carbon dioxide?

A: * That is a waste of time. It's a crazy idea - and dangerous. It would
take so long and use so much energy that it will not be done.


Pew Research Center *January 22, 2009

*Chart: Economy, Jobs Trump All Other Policy Priorities

*Environment, Immigration, Health Care Slip Down the List


*Pew Research Center* 07/30/2006

*Chart:* http://people-press.org/reports/images/282-56.gif

"...the *most informed* audiences *belong to* the political magazines, *Rush
Limbaugh's* radio show, the O'Reilly Factor, news magazines, and online news
sources. ...

Audiences with the highest educational achievement, by far, are the literary
magazines and online news outlets. Readers of news magazines, political
magazines and business magazines, listeners of *Rush Limbaugh* and NPR, and
viewers of the Daily Show, and C-SPAN also are much more likely than the
average person to have a college degree. ..

The hard news audience is better educated* *and older than the average,
though even among people with four year college degrees, fewer than a
majority (39%) fall into this category. More men than women (32% vs. 22%)
are hard news enthusiasts. There is no significant racial difference on this



~ Lynn

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