UK Green Terrorist Recants: Blames enviros for global warming, supports biotech rice

A former first-string campaigner, now the greens consider him a non-person.

From the Guardian:

“The anti-nuclear movement is partly responsible for global warming,” [Mark Lynas] says. “Everywhere, pretty much, where a nuclear plant was cancelled, a coal plant was built instead, and that’s because of the anti-nuclear movement…

Lynas has been very critical of Greenpeace’s policy towards a GM crop that’s become totemic among campaigners. Golden rice is a crop that’s been modified, by the insertion of the genes for the chemical beta-carotene, in an attempt to make it provide more vitamin A. “Vitamin-A deficiency is one of the leading causes of death in southeast Asia,” says Lynas. “It’s led to blindness and the death of about a quarter of a million people a year.” Yet campaigners, including Greenpeace, lobbied against it.

Greenpeace insists golden rice is a “waste of money” and an “ineffective tool… [that] is also environmentally irresponsible, poses risks to human health and compromises food security”. For Lynas, its stance is “just superstition. There are tens of thousands of kids who are dead who wouldn’t be dead otherwise. I don’t see how you could put this any other way. Imagine if Monsanto had been culpable in the deaths of tens of thousands of children! It would be all over the Guardian.” (Lynas later made the partial concession that “there have been technical hold-ups in the golden rice project, and you can’t solely blame Greenpeace for the overregulation that is applied to GMOs”.)

4 thoughts on “UK Green Terrorist Recants: Blames enviros for global warming, supports biotech rice”

  1. I’ve seen many true environmentalists who absolutely hate the Greens. In fact, I think that hating several Green initiatives is a prerequisite to be a true, educated environmentalist.

    There’s a running joke that in college, every environmental engineer to-be is a member of Greenpeace, but by two years experience in-field, none of them are. Heck, in my first apartment, I signed up for Green Mountain Energy (100% renewable). When my 1-year contract was up, I ensured that my next electric provider was 0% renewable.

  2. Well, firewood certainly is renewable. What you burn today is renewed in 2-3 decades. I didn’t think the enviro’s were all that keen on clear cutting. If they like the 13th century so much, why don’t they go live like that and leave the rest of us alone?

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