Climate-gate and other recent travails of the enviro movement seem to have at last prompted soul searching from at least some of the Green Left. The Daily Telegraph’s Charles Moore highlighted a recent hour-long documentary aired by Channel 4 in Britain, in which environmentalists take a long, hard look at themselves and their movement, and – astonishingly – admit to some errors. As Moore writes:
The most powerful part of the programme was that arguing that the Green obsession with banning and preventing things has done actual harm. The refusal to contemplate nuclear power has encouraged more use of fossil fuels and therefore – if you believe the warmist theories – more adverse climate change. The banning of pesticides has led to the deaths of millions of Africans from malaria.
In addition, as Moore notes, the nature-good/humans-bad argument used for so long by enviromentalsyts has ultimately proven unpersuasive “since it is human beings you are trying to persuade.”
Moore is right in finding that the most astounding aspect of the Channel 4 documentary, which featured “former hippy Greens, directors of Greenpeace, the chairmen of the Copenhagen Climate Council and the like” was that it was produced and aired at all.
And that, my friends, is surely a sign of progress.