I have a quote below that I pulled from Anthony’s site (WUWT: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/26/newsbytes-global-warming-downgraded-james-lovelock-recants/), which he pulled from Bishop Hill (link below), with additional credits, from James Lovelock.

I love that Lovelock says fundamentalists have taken over environmentalism. I think despite the fact that he is a zealot himself, he finally noticed just how religious and dogmatic it all has become. Gaia, Mother Nature, or some ideal of greenness has come to replace God in the modern religion, which is a hybrid of the faith of our fathers, the love of nature, and simple self-worship.

The faith part has latched on to all the ills Christianity ever suffered: greed, power, influence and shepherding of members, political sway.

The love of nature has far exceeded the old naturalist ideals and set up pet causes as idols, with narrow-minded views regarding anything that may threaten those pet ideals. It goes beyond nature worship, animism, and paganism, and loathes humanity as a blight upon the world. It loathes science the way the Church loathed magic, but it claims science, just as the Church took in and Christianized many superstitions. Science to the environmentalist is powerful, so it must be used, but it is like fire. It will consume you as easily as warm you. Facts are just that, and not bendable to ones cause.

That last bit, self-worship, it is simple ego, inflated and childish. It looks at the world as its own and no more. The common environmental zealot that Lovelock finally comes to denounce sees reality as pliable and consistent with one’s wishes. Of course, that results in a lot of pain and death.

Lovelock apparently has grown enough to see the big picture and realize that his ideals don’t work well with people, society, and reality. I read a novel which attempted to show the history of Alexander the Great, and the author had a character comment in passing that Greeks seemed to be unique in wanting to be left alone with regard to law and government. It seemed to that speaker in that book that most people wished to be ruled, wished to be told what to do, wished to not really have to think, learn, and grow. I think so too. But the desire to be free is not unique to Greeks, but it is not common. Most wish to be told what to do, and at least pretend that absolves them of responsibility. It assuages guilt, like liberal political efforts, and that is why all that fits so snugly together.

Here is the quote:

“I am James Lovelock, scientist and author, known as the originator of Gaia theory, a view of the Earth that sees it as a self-regulating entity that keeps the surface environment always fit for life… I am an environmentalist and founder member of the Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood and misapplied. We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable, nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs. We need take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island, monuments of a failed civilisation.” – Bishop Hill,  James Lovelock, 12 December 2012 (in a letter noted by Phillip Bratby)


You may find it worth your while to click to the Bishop Hill site and find the letter for yourself. There is a good bit left out [decrying windmills] of the quote above. Lovelock is still a zealot. He just realizes it has gone too far. He realizes that some things have been over emphasized and alarmism has been overplayed.

Well, it has. Alarmism is as it has always been. We keep getting better while the doomsayers preach impending disaster and world’s end. And, it just keeps getting better, though in fits and starts and setbacks, as it we see today–hopefully it will be a short-lived setback.

While global-warming related alarmism seems to be flailing in death throes, our politicians and much government-funded research seem to still be riding high on it and other environmental alarmism. We must reject it. We must hold our elected officials accountable, and we must raise the standard of personal responsibility and accountability. We must live within our means, we as individuals, as societies, and as governments. We must live with an eye to the future and plan wisely, but we must keep an eye to the past to remember where we come from, and to remember the lessons of the past.