Godfather of Global Warming Is Less Alarmed Now

by Panos Prevedouros Professor James Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist who had a major impact on the development of global warming theory. As the Toronto Sun describes him: Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honored working scientist and academic. In recent interviews Lovelock has made these rather starling declarations: He had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change. He’s been a long-time supporter of nuclear power as a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. He is in favor of natural gas fracking extraction because natural gas is a low-polluting alternative to coal. He believes that ‘sustainable development’ is meaningless drivel. He “can’t stand windmills at any price.” He “blasted greens for treating global warming like a religion.” I am truly humbled to be in agreement with him, 5 for 5, with first five arguments: climate change, nuclear power, fracking, sustainable development and windmills. I have not yet written an article blasting greens (although I often refer to them as pseudo-greens) because I’ve been rather busy countering the railigious. Sources Green ‘drivel’ exposed: The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on climate change hysteria ‘Gaia’ scientist James Lovelock: I was ‘alarmist’ about climate change James Lovelock: The UK should be going mad for fracking   Panos Prevedouros is a member of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s Board of Scholars. Panos Prevedouros’ blog, which is from where this has been reposted (with permission), can be found at :http://fixoahu.blogspot.com Panos D. Prevedouros, Ph.D. is a professor of traffic and transportation engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering,...

Public Apathy “Promotes” Boondoggles.

Another H-3?  The Obama Effect on the Rail Vote by Panos Prevedouros PUBLIC APATHY. It is one of the major boosters of the ridiculous Honolulu rail, according to award winning journalist and author John Fund of the Wall Street Journal. He spoke about it yesterday at the 36th annual Business and Investment Conference organized by Smart Business Hawaii at the Ala Moana Hotel.Cost is ridiculous, environmental impact is horrendous and federal monies are no more. Yet Honolulu rail rolls along. Why?Because too few local citizens participate in protests, contact and pressure elected officials, contribute money and time, etc., etc. He also acknowledged that in most cases major successes are achieved by a few, so those of us really working on stopping the rail are not the exception.So, I say, if rail happens Abe Lincoln will be correct one more time. In a moment of disappointment Abe said “People get who (or what) they deserve.” ANOTHER H-3? John also quoted past Mayor Mufi Hannemann who after the marginal 50.6% “yes to steel on steel rail” vote proclaimed that “this is not going to be another H-3.” Yet as you know from my previous posts the cost of rail was predicted in late 2010 to be at least 40% higher compared with the cost estimates during 2008 campaign. Project construction is 3.5 years late.Rail has already faced one lawsuit in state court on Hawaiian issues and is facing a major one in federal court for NEPA violations. But this is only the beginning. There will be lawsuits for illegal agricultural land conversions and usage. Noise impacts in the proximity of HUD...