Just a year ago, global warming alarmist Prof. James Lovelock warned the world that by 2100, the Arctic would be the only place on earth that would remain habitable for humans:
GLOBAL warming is irreversible and billions of people will die over the next century, one of the world’s leading climate change scientists claimed yesterday. Professor James Lovelock, the scientist who developed the Gaia principle (that Earth is a self-regulating, interconnected system), claimed that by the year 2100 the only place where humans will be able to survive will be the Arctic.
In a forthcoming book, The Revenge of Gaia, Lovelock warns that attempts to reduce levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may already be too late.
“Our planet has kept itself healthy and fit for life, just like an animal does, for most of the more than three billion years of its existence,” he writes.
“It was ill luck that we started polluting at a time when the sun was too hot for comfort. We have given Gaia a fever and soon her condition will worsen to a state like a coma. She has been there before and recovered, but it took more than 100,000 years.”
For a scientist he talked in lots of mystical mumbo-jumbo, but largely because he was on the “right” side of the issue, the press and other alarmist scientists gave him a pass. But what will they all say now that Lovelock has changed his tune?
Climate change is more serious than we can possibly imagine, but neither the Earth nor the human race is doomed, said Lovelock. The good news is that the Earth itself is in no danger, with world climate likely to stabilize some 5 degrees C warmer than current temperatures – such stable ‘hot’ states have existed in the past, including some 55 million years ago when the world’s own feedback mechanisms took 200,000 years to recover. During that phase no great extinction occurred, but life moved to cooler climes to survive.
Climate-induced migrations could, for example, see Europe’s population concentrated in cooler regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia and western France – and this could happen within the next century. “If ever nuclear power is needed, it will be then,” said Lovelock. Nuclear is the most reliable and demonstrably safest form of energy in existence, Lovelock later told journalists.
I don’t buy his Gaia nonsense, but he’s right about nuclear power for more than one reason: It is cleaner than anything else that generates as much energy, and extending its use will help free us from Middle Eastern entanglements.