Letter: That warm feeling is natural

In case you missed it, former Greenpeace member Patrick Moore testified at a recent Senate hearing that global warming is a "natural phenomenon." Moore has left Greenpeace, saying it has become a cult movement.

There's no proof of man-made global warming, he said, and "alarmism" is driving politicians to create bad environmental policies. He added that he's not the only environmentalist to believe that.

Explaining why he left the organization in "Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout - The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist," he says the group now has extremist positions and has been hijacked by political and social causes on the left.

"We do not have any scientific proof that we are the cause of the global warming that has occurred in the last 200 years ... the alarmism is driving us through scare tactics that are going to create a huge amount of energy poverty among the poor people ... in a warmer world, we can produce more food."

Asked who is promoting man-made climate fears and what their motives are, he said scientists seeking grant money, media seeking headlines, universities seeking huge grants, environmental groups, and politicians who want to look like they are saving our future.

"Thousands of scientists reject man-made global warming," he said.

Linda Athens


Editor's note: While Moore was once active in Greenpeace Canada, he did not co-found the organization. He also has worked for many years as a paid spokesman for various energy interests, including nuclear power companies. Visit www.mediamatters.org for more information.