Richard Branson dishes on his curious conversion from climate skeptic to warmist CEO helping to ‘wreck the planet’

In an interview with the CEO of the Nature Conservancy, Branson claims to have been a skeptic — his conversion began with a bath time phone call from Al Gore.

Mark Tercek: You are also a champion for bold action on climate change, though you have admitted that you were once a skeptic. What shifted your perspective?

Sir Richard Branson: It started with a phone call from Al Gore while I was in the bath. He wanted to show me An Inconvenient Truth, and his poignant and elegant reduction of these issues really struck a chord with myself as an interested non-expert. Tim Flannery’s book, The Weather Makers, also had a pronounced effect on me.

As a big buyer of fuel for our transport businesses, I am very aware of the damage that oil and its greenhouse gas emissions is doing to the environment and the climate system in particular. At Virgin we have been investing the profits from our transport businesses into the research and development of sustainable fuels and other sources of renewable energy.

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5 thoughts on “Richard Branson dishes on his curious conversion from climate skeptic to warmist CEO helping to ‘wreck the planet’”

  1. Hard to believe Branson was ever a sceptic. He states: “Tim Flannery’s book, The Weather Makers, also had a pronounced effect on me.” This is a pretty hard one to buy off on. Either he isn’t smart enough to be behind the Virgin empire, or there is an agenda here that has nothing to do with climate. Otherwise, one would need to believe he’s been timflanned… er flimflanned.

  2. Yea, but he hasn’t stopped flying his planes, has he? No, too much money in that lot. Now he’s also sending them into outer space. With what? Solar panels? LOL

  3. I’ll help him out with his dilemma. I won’t fly on his airplanes. It’s the least one can do to help the poor man not pollute.
    Although I do smell something like an advertising gimmick.

  4. An Inconvenient Truth and Al Gore in the bathtub? This seems to say I think I need to prance around about this because I sell air transportation and – I’m vain which substitutes for stupid.

  5. “Sir Richard Branson: It started with a phone call from Al Gore …”

    Wow, that just about sums up the entire interview right there. Lol!

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