By James Delingpole Politics Last updated: April 24th, 2012
"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth", saith the Bible.
So let joy be unconfined that one of the archest of the world's arch Greenies – James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia hypothesis and therefore, more or less, founder of the world's most powerful modern religion – has come clean and admitted that he got it wrong in his doomsday predictions about "Climate Change."
Well, come almost clean.
I can't say there has been quite as much wailing and lamentation and as breast-beating as I would have liked. Here's what he has said in his retraction in an interview with MSNBC.
“The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said.
“The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising – carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added.
Presumably, Professor Lovelock will now be donating all his royalties from his earlier alarmist bestsellers to help fund those proper, principled, decent scientists around the world – Fred Singer, Richard Lindzen, Bob Carter, Ian Plimer, Tim Ball et al – whose careers have been blighted and whose lives have been made misery for having said precisely what Lovelock is now admitting, only much, much earlier.
It's amusing to note the disconnect between the comments at Delingpole's article and those at the MSNBC link. My favorite of the MSNBC commenters (paraphrased): "so if change is occurring more slowly than believed, then correcting it will be slower as well - OMG, it's WORSE than we thought!"
This post has been edited by Gertie Keddle: 24 April 2012 - 06:35 AM