SACRAMENTO, Calif. There are at least two types of environmental activists, according to the descriptions provided by Patrick Moore, an original founder of Greenpeace, who quit the organization after 15 years, and wrote the book Confessions of a Greenpeace Drop Out.
Moore provided an hour and half of his science-based opinions during a Novozyme-sponsored presentation media event in Sacramento, Calif. His opinions were mainly consistent with the agricultural media listening to him because he has a main-stream scientific approach to what he professes.
He contends there are 11 points that a sensible environmentalist should support, which are the points he supports:
- Grow more trees and use more wood
- Choose hydroelectric power where it is available
- Choose nuclear energy over coal for electricity production
- Use geothermal heat pumps in most buildings
- Develop cost-effective technologies that require less fossil fuels
- Use genetic science to improve food and medicine
- Do not ban useful chemicals unless there is evidence of harm
- Embrace aquaculture as a sustainable industry
- View climate change as natural and not catastrophic
- Recognize that poverty is the worse environmental problem
- Do not kill or capture whales or dolphins anywhere, ever.
"What the (activist) environmentalists have done is they've gotten all the city people thinking all the people out there in the environment growing all the food, cutting the trees, digging the minerals and damming the rivers are the enemy. When in actuality it is them (city people) who are demanding all that stuff be done to satisfy their needs for infrastructure, energy, food and materials in urban centers. And yet they are able to transfer whatever guilt they should be feeling onto those hard working people who are outdoors in the rain and snow and sun doing all the work to produce all the stuff the people in their condominiums and corner offices are enjoying.
It was the killing of whales that originally got Moore involved with similar-minded scientists/ecologists in forming Greenpeace. Once the organization was taken over by political activists, Moore left Greenpeace, and he was actually the last of the original science-based organizers to leave.