Prominent British climate alarmist: “It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while”

Posted by: ST on March 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Scary (via McQ):

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change from radically impacting on our lives over the coming decades. This is the stark conclusion of James Lovelock, the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory.

It follows a tumultuous few months in which public opinion on efforts to tackle climate change has been undermined by events such as the climate scientists’ emails leaked from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit.

“I don’t think we’re yet evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change,” said Lovelock in his first in-depth interview since the theft of the UEA emails last November. “The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t really do anything meaningful.”

One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is “modern democracy”, he added. “Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while.”

He’s not alone. NYT columnist and fellow alarmist Tom Friedman suggested last year that “one-party autocracy” was more preferable than “one-party democracy” … because Democrats were the only party “playing ball” on the issue of so-called “man-made” global warming. There have been many others in the agw community who, if they haven’t called for an outright suspension of democracy, have engaged in some pretty despicable name-calling against anyone who dares to disagree with them: Nazis, treasonous, conspiracy theorists, on par with Holocaust deniers, etc …

Dan Karipides at Wizbang responds to Lovelock:

Let that sink in for a second and consider what he is advocating. In his opinion people aren’t evolved enough to handle the difficult problems. They need to be led. They need to be tended by a ruling class, by a ruling class of people like him.

We are, apparently, to put our trust in the people who faked data to drive worldwide opinion. Who have been caught in at least a dozen similar improprieties, using non-scientific data and sources as the basis for scientific conclusions. Who have admitted that exaggeration is an acceptable means of controlling public opinion and actions. Who have even said that some climate change related diplomacy has little to do with the environment and much to do with giving a competitive advantage to developing countries.

Fortunately, if recent polling is any indication, more and more people are beginning to catch on that all the alarmism and scare tactics are exaggerated. Let’s hope it’s a trend that continues. There’s nothing wrong with “being green” in an effort to conserve and to be a little nicer to the planet. But there’s something very wrong when you’re so “green” that you’re willing to continuously suppress data that doesn’t fit in with your preconceived notions about the cause of global warming in an effort to get people to join up with your “cause,” an effort that will cost them a heck of a lot more than it will cost you.

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12 Responses to “Prominent British climate alarmist: “It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while””


  1. RSweeney says:

    When ANYONE suggests that the solution to ANY problem is a massive global government with powers to control all aspects of life and business, both the problem and the person proposing the solution are highly suspect.

    There is literally no problem which is worse than this proposed cure.

  2. Kate says:

    I had a thought…with the statement “the human race is not evolved enough” to take hold of the importance of this “situation” – who the heck is he? Is he one of those observers from another planet that has seen this scenario play out on Planet X? Or better yet is he some other species of human being that is far superior than the pedestrian types inhabiting most of the earth? Really the tone here so elitist that if he were to stick his nose in the air any higher he’d be in outer space!

    I sure would like to know! Until then I think he has the plot line from Fringe and global warming nonsense mixed up.

  3. mike191 says:

    Gian scum.

  4. kathleen says:

    Friedman is a jackass!

  5. Carlos says:

    From a Christian perspective, one of the first demands of our God was that we are to be caretakers of His creation.

    Fine. I recycle, because it makes economic sense in most cases now. I turn off lights and appliances not being used, because it makes economic sense. I try not to be wasteful, because it makes economic sense.

    But it doesn’t make a lick of sense for liars, thieves and science charlatans to be given the power to decide who gets what, at what price, for what duration, for all time. The guy (Lovelock) may not be the direct disposer of false data, but he certainly believes we’re all too stupid to understand “little white lies,” he may not want to tax everyone into poverty like Algore (which IMHO is nothing short of theft), and he may honestly believe jerking the great unwashed around with phony science is in our best interest (that would make him a charlatan), but I’ll trust the One who has never lied, never misled, and stands by his unchanged word forever before I’ll trust him.

    He needs to get into an honest line of work – like legitimate neighborhood strongarming…

  6. Tex says:

    Who died and put all these climate freaks in charge of the world? And Tom Friedman alone probably contributes more greenhouse gases just opening his big, pompous mouth than a thousand average people do. If he really wanted to help the climate, he’d shut the hell up!

  7. Great White Rat says:

    Not surprising. The AGW extremists have already decided that honesty is evil (ref. Dan Karipides list above), and that economic progress and high standards of living must be stamped out, so why bother with giving the common rabble any voice in their government?

    If they have their way, we will all soon achieve the same blissful, nonpolluting way of life they have in North Korea. Except for the al-Gores of the ruling class, of course, who will continue to waste energy the way Congress wastes money.

  8. SpideyTerry says:

    Lovelock and Friedman – people (for lack of a better word, of course) after a dictator’s own heart.

    “I don’t think we’re yet evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change,” said Lovelock

    Please. Lovelock and company aren’t evolved to the point where they’re clever enough to handle the complexity of 1 + 1.