June 21, 2015

Greenpeace co-founder: No proof that carbon dioxide is causing global warming

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

While he was in Toronto to speak at IdeaCity, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore talked to me about the Pope's climate change encyclical, and other timely topics.

Moore, who has a Ph.D. in ecology, says it's vital to challenge the so-called "scientific consensus" on global warming.

He says that while we have no proof that carbon dioxide is causing climate change, we do know for certain that Co2 "is the most important food for all life on earth."

On the topic of food, Moore told me about his new campaign:

Getting nutritionally enhanced, genetically modified (GM) "golden rice" into the hands of those who need it most, in developing countries like India.

Moore says India's PM Modi has "basically censored [anti-GM activists] Greenpeace and said, 'Get out of the country.'" Greenpeace India has been "deeply discredited" further following sexual harassment and rape allegations from within its ranks.

Moore explains that his former colleagues at Greenpeace are driven to stop the adoption of GM foods by a combination of greed and stupidity. However, he's noticed a "sea change" in the conversation about genetically modified foods, and adds that there is "no actual documented evidence that genetically modified foods are harmful, especially 'golden rice,' which is just rice with extra Vitamin A in it.

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commented 2015-06-28 12:45:43 -0400
John Galt, your comment is an embarrassment to your name. Greenpeace, which had loosely existed since about 1969, officially changed its name in 1972 from the Don’t Make A Wave Committee to Greenpeace, in honour of the nickname of its first vessel. Because Patrick Moore was among the crew of this first protest voyage and the beginning of the journey is often referred as the birthday of Greenpeace, Moore is rightly considered one of its co-founders. Greenpeace used to list Moore among founders and first members, but has revised its website to state that while Moore was a significant early member, he was not among the founders of Greenpeace in 1970 (they can’t even get the year straight, geez.)
Dr. Patrick Moore earned a Ph.D. in ecology from UBC, sailed on the first Greenpeace voyage, co-drafted the Greenpeace Declaration of Interdependence in 1975, and was president of the Greenpeace Foundation from 1977-79, then president of Greenpeace Canada until 1985 when he officially parted ways with the organization.
Your link cites Rex Weyler as a source repudiating Moore as a founder, but you are apparently unaware that Weyler’s own memoir (written before Greenpeace revised its history to delete Moore’s contributions) situates Moore right smack in the middle of Greenpeace’s origins.
And Joel, it is your responsibility to provide your sources.
commented 2015-06-22 09:57:39 -0400
too bad mr. Moore did start that ideologist movement , now it has grown more than any religion.
commented 2015-06-22 08:45:15 -0400
Joel said, "Peter, it’s also not my responsibility to do your research for you on the subject. "

I only ask because I have not seen the condemnation from credible sources you have. I just wanted you to point me in the right direction. Anyway, claiming it is not you responsibility is the same thing as saying you do not have links to material. If there are hundreds of articles from credible sources then you should not have any problem finding one and posting it.
commented 2015-06-22 03:08:35 -0400
Rod, you’re a tool. I am neither left-wing, nor anti corporation … so take your comments and shove it. Peter, it’s also not my responsibility to do your research for you on the subject. There are literally hundreds of articles online that have documented the dangers associated with GMO’s (including mainstream media), so look it up for yourself. Once again I am not against corporations (such a statement would be moronic), but I am against certain individual corporations. For example, I am against corporations that use slave labour to produce their goods, or corporations that lobby politicians to write laws in order to meet their own corrupt needs, or corporations that exploit the hard work of others in order to please their share holders, or corporations that use human beings living in third world countries as their own personal guinea pigs to test their products, or corporations that attempt to control the world food supply by holding patents on genetically modified foods, or corporations that poison our crops with dangerous pesticides and other chemicals … the list could go on and on. Once again let me get something else straight, for all of you out there who are a little slow … I am also not left-wing … or for that matter I’m not even right-wing. I hold many conservative morals, values, and policies, but I would never call myself a political Conservative. If you think left-wing and right-wing are the only two options … then you need to grow up.
commented 2015-06-22 00:59:51 -0400
commented 2015-06-21 23:58:06 -0400
Yellow rice is not for the north american market, and I think it is a good solution for the problem it was designed for.
commented 2015-06-21 23:40:46 -0400
I agree Peter, but I don’t need it in my rice. I can choose to not buy it , as I think I can still buy white, brown or red rice not GMO’d in this country? Or maybe it all is ,I don’t know. I see the benefit, I just don’t want to have to consume it, given a choice, and I would like to have one.
commented 2015-06-21 20:39:18 -0400
A quote from a quick look up of Golden Rice in WIkipedia,

“To receive the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), it is estimated that 144 g of the most high-yielding strain would have to be eaten.”

So, 144 grams would cook up to about 1 pound of rice per day. So enough could be eaten to cause problems, but unlikely.
commented 2015-06-21 20:06:01 -0400
I recognise there are benefits in helping feed countries suffering, but I resent not knowing if what I am eating is GMO or not. I myself would rather not eat it. I can’t find an old fashioned watermelon with actual seeds in it. I also pass by the brocoflower, and grow my own corn. Would avoid more if I knew.

Beta carotene in rice is not toxic, if over- consumed as other forms of Vit. A can be, so it seems like a good fix for somewhere else. I get enough vit. A, and there are studies which show Beta carotene as a supplement can be problematic for smokers and even ex smokers. If you ate it in rice everyday if that was the mainstay of your diet, I suppose it could pose a problem. I’d just like to have the choice. I assume yellow rice is not for the north American market though.
commented 2015-06-21 19:10:02 -0400
Joel, you have your left-wing head up your uneducated anti-corporate ass. Do some serious research for yourself instead of repeating Green Party talking points.
commented 2015-06-21 18:15:08 -0400
Joel, not that you have made your opinion completely clear, can you provide any credible references to “the evidence that is clearly against it”?

I would be interested in reading this evidence.
commented 2015-06-21 17:47:49 -0400
Why is Ezra promoting GMO food distribution? This entire article is a load of bunk. GMO foods have a long history of sketchy medical research, and the donors to the GMO cause (Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, etc) are a bunch of scumbags. I am shocked that Ezra would promote the production of GMO foods, when the evidence is clearly against it. Major corporations and the political elite are the only ones pushing GMO foods, because they hold the patent on the seeds (Monsanto), and these scumbags want to control the worlds food supply. This interview is utter garbage … shame on you Ezra.
commented 2015-06-21 16:26:14 -0400
Moore, ex of GP, has been talking about this for years.
Greenpeace is an activist group to aid in the implementation of carbon taxes – just another socialist/communist scheme with origins from europe – europe’s pending financial collapse should end the crap very soon.
commented 2015-06-21 15:25:19 -0400
The entire man made global warming hoax is driven by left wing political ideology. The split among those who “believe” and those that don’t, is clearly down the political ideological spectrum. The PM Harper said it best over a decade ago, when he said that this is nothing more than a global socialist wealth redistribution scheme.
commented 2015-06-21 13:33:06 -0400
What global warming? There hasn’t been any warming for almost twenty years.
commented 2015-06-21 13:20:50 -0400
Hmmm… informative, Bill, quite informative.
commented 2015-06-21 13:16:35 -0400
Human hubris knows no limits. The very idea that the human species can alter planetary evolution is absurd.
It is estimated that 99.9% of all species of plants and animals that ever existed are now extinct. Our planet has had 5 major mass extinctions before humans made the scene. We’re merely along for the cosmic ride, just like the dinosaurs before us.
commented 2015-06-21 13:01:26 -0400
CO2 as a causative element of global warming was not a product of scientific discovery , it was concocted in an exclusive power brokering policy organization called the Club of Rome in 1972 – among the members at the time was the infamous Maurice Strong and later Al Gore. They enunciated their intent in a CoR policy paper entitled: “Limits to Growth” and later as a book – “The First Global Revolution” in 1991. They then set about funding the mercenary science to back their concocted crisis which would stampede the population under a pall of eco hysteria into global regulatory directorate (of course run by CoR croies) which supplants the democratic sovereignty of nation-states (an old Trotskyite dream). They are Malthusian, monied, feudal and quite sociopathic. An excerpt from their thinking -

“The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these
dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself."
- Club of Rome -The First Global Revolution

The science to drive the hysteria was purchased and concocted after the eco-apocalypse premise was set – needless to say all the doomsday events predicted in these early fear mongering CoR efforts have since proven to be starkly wrong – eg; they predicted the polar ice would vanish by 2015 – with so much of their concocted hysteria and science being debunked daily, they shift gears to “sustainability” (resource shortages – an old saw that vanished with peak oil hysteria) and the new nebulous concept of “climate change” ( a wide concept no once can argue with – climate does change – it is anther matter as to what our effect on this is). There is now a big $$ tag on carbon taxing and alternative green tech which they hope will keep the kleptocrats in power clamoring for climate change based economics and funneling revenues to the climate mafia running this climate protection racket.
commented 2015-06-21 12:58:31 -0400
Peter asked: “Are those people truly fooled into believing the lie?” Regrettably, for many people it’s easier to believe the lie than countermand it.!
commented 2015-06-21 11:34:11 -0400
It is good to hear that golden rice is making its way into India. Lets hope it gets into other countries before more people die that could have been saved by the rice.

It is good to hear others with their doctorates, especially in ecology as Dr Moore has, talk against this GW lie.

I wonder why there are so many people that are duped into thinking that CO2 is a pollutant that is causing global warming when all the (real, not modified) evidence is to the contrary, some few that post on this site.

In some sort of “understanding greed” way, I can understand why some scientists who get grant money, or companies who get lucrative contracts from governments for installing “green” technology push the GW lie. It is greed. They want to keep the money flowing. Okay. That is morally reprehensible, but at least there is an understandable reason.

But how about those that do not benefit from the GW scam? What is their motive for pushing the lie? As a matter of fact, those people probably pay out in terms of taxes as well as not receive any benefit. Are those people truly fooled into believing the lie?

Just curious is all.