David Bellamy was on RTE’s Late Late show on Friday night vehemently debutting the threat of global warming. His views were broadly those expressed in this Sunday Express article.
It’s always confusing for those of us in the middle when long-standing and credible environmentalists like David Bellamy are so publicly and trenchantly opposed to the growing scientific and public consensus on global warning.
Ditto when you hear James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia Hypothesis, advocating nuclear energy – an energy source which is anathema to many Greens, particularly the Irish variety.
I’m sure most people would agree that programmes such as recycling, reduction in energy consumption, improving our living environment etc etc are all good and worth doing. Even if Global Warming was scientifically debunked, we should continue to implement such programmes.
What I worry about is a growing bunch of tree-huggers taking us back to an economic stone-age with their zeal for the new green religion. The process of transition to a new model must be achieved without destroying the economy.
The challenge is this: if it is necessary to change the tyres, we have to do it without stopping the car. (How unGreen is that analogy!)
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