James Lovelock Recants

  • Date: 26/01/13
  • Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill

James Lovelock has written a letter of objection regarding a windfarm development in Devon (see link below for the whole thing). This bit strikes me as important.

I am an environmentalist and founder member ofthe Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood and misapplied. We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable, nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs. We need take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island, monuments of a failed civilisation.

As Phillip Bratby (to whom a big tip of the hat is due) puts it, there are strong shades of Patrick Moore’s regrets over the monster he created in Greenpeace. One might add that another parallel would be Mark Lynas’s regrets over his anti-GMO activism.

I’ve said it before, but the damage done by environmentalists to the environment is beyond estimation.

Lovelock letter here

Bishop Hill, 25 January 2013