A Fun Quote

“Although the most extreme environmental zealots may be relatively few in number, they have managed to gain undue influence by exploiting the gullibility of scientifically illiterate people who are only too willing to believe the planet needs saving from man’s excesses. Perhaps this phenomenon is a psychological throwback to earlier civilizations that offered human sacrifices to the gods to assuage their sins and spare them from punishment in the form of drought, flood, famine, or disease. There are certainly many parallels between modern environmentalism and ancient religions.”

The Heartland Institute

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3 thoughts on “A Fun Quote

  1. Maybe their strong point is anthropology, instead of climate. That would explain a lot of things.

    And speaking about quotes…
    “The challenge of climate change, and what we do about it, will define us, our era, and ultimately, our global legacy.”
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2007

    • Here’s a great quote by Dr Andrew Weaver, a Canadian climatologist (review of his book Keeping Our Cool is on my list of posts to write):

      “Every spring, nature gives us a glimpse of one of the future possible outcomes of our current unsustainable lifestyle. During the winter months, winds stir the ocean surface, bringing nutrients up from the deeper layers. These nutrients are vital for the growth of brainless marine algae known as phytoplankton. With the arrival of sunshine in the spring, the phytoplankton start to bloom. They grow and consume exponentially until all the nutrients are used up; their population then collapses. The early inhabitants of Easter Island in the southeast Pacific Ocean fared no better. Deforestation and overconsumption led to the widespread extinction of native plants and animals, as well as to the collapse of their society. Yet this is the same path modern civilization is now on. There is still time for us to avoid the most serious consequences of global warming if we take action now. I think humans are smarter than phytoplankton.”

  2. My two favorite quotes right now are:

    “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?”
    — Nobel Laureate Sherwood Rowland (referring then to ozone depletion)

    “Scientific knowledge is the intellectual and social consensus of affiliated experts based on the weight of available empirical evidence, and evaluated according to accepted methodologies. If we feel that a policy question deserves to be informed by scientific knowledge, then we have no choice but to ask, what is the consensus of experts on this matter.”
    — Historian of science, Naomi Oreskes of UC San Diego

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