Greenpeace: Yeah, we misled, but we needed the emotionalism!
posted at 8:47 am on August 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Phelim McAleer, the co-director of Not Evil, Just Wrong, catches the BBC in an act of journalism when interviewing Greenpeace leader Gerd Leipold. The activist organization insisted in a July 15th press release that all of the Arctic ice would disappear by 2030, a claim which reporter Stephen Sackur finds ridiculous — and for good reason. Watch Leipold backpedal in this 98-second clip from the interview (full interview here):
The BBC, later in the interview, gets to the heart of Greenpeace’s agenda:
Although he admitted Greenpeace had released inaccurate but alarming information, Leipold defended the organization’s practice of “emotionalizing issues” in order to bring the public around to its way of thinking and alter public opinion.
Leipold said later in the BBC interview that there is an urgent need for the suppression of economic growth in the United States and around the world. He said annual growth rates of 3 percent to 8 percent cannot continue without serious consequences for the climate.
“We will definitely have to move to a different concept of growth. … The lifestyle of the rich in the world is not a sustainable model,” Leipold said. “If you take the lifestyle, its cost on the environment, and you multiply it with the billions of people and an increasing world population, you come up with numbers which are truly scary.”
The global-warming movement isn’t really about climate. It’s about stunting the economic growth of the West. That’s why groups like Greenpeace like to “emotionalize” rather than conduct and promote actual science. They’re interested in specific outcomes, not scientific truth, and that specific outcome is statist control over energy production and economic activity to redistribute wealth.
Be sure to watch my interview with Phelim and his co-director and wife Ann McElhinney from last weekend, and to participate in the worldwide premier of Not Evil, Just Wrong.