Nine inconvenient truths from Greenpeace founder

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore

When one of an organisation’s founders dumps on it, you know it’s gone off the rails.

Patrick Moore, who helped to establish Greenpeace in the 70s, correctly points out that it has morphed from an environmental organisation into a cross between an extreme-left political ideology and a fundamentalist religion. He also lists nine inconvenient truths for the great unwashed:

  1. The concentration of CO2 in the global atmosphere is lower today, even including human emissions, than it has been during most of the existence of life on Earth.
  2. The global climate has been much warmer than it is today during most of the existence of life on Earth. Today we are in an interglacial period of the Pleistocene Ice Age that began 2.5 million years ago and has not ended.
  3. There was an Ice Age 450 million years ago when CO2 was about 10 times higher than it is today.
  4. Humans evolved in the tropics near the equator. We are a tropical species and can only survive in colder climates due to fire, clothing and shelter.
  5. CO2 is the most important food for all life on earth. All green plants use CO2 to produce the sugars that provide energy for their growth and our growth. Without CO2 in the atmosphere carbon-based life could never have evolved.
  6. The optimum CO2 level for most plants is about 1600 parts per million, four times higher than the level today. This is why greenhouse growers purposely inject the CO2-rich exhaust from their gas and wood-fired heaters into the greenhouse, resulting in a 40-80 per cent increase in growth.
  7. If human emissions of CO2 do end up causing significant warming (which is not certain) it may be possible to grow food crops in northern Canada and Russia, vast areas that are now too cold for agriculture.
  8. Whether increased CO2 levels cause significant warming or not, the increased CO2 levels themselves will result in considerable increases in the growth rate of plants, including our food crops and forests.
  9. There has been no further global warming for nearly 18 years during which time about 25 per cent of all the CO2 ever emitted by humans has been added to the atmosphere. How long will it remain flat and will it next go up or back down? Now we are out of the realm of facts and back into the game of predictions.

Delingpole has the story here.


  1. mickgreenhough says:

    see 2012 – 015 The Great Global Warming Fraud

  2. Simon Colwell says:

    I strongly recommend his book “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout”.

  3. Good Read. N

  4. As inferred at the end of the article: greens are hypocrites; quite possibly the worst on Earth.

  5. ozspeaksup says:

    the recent outing of their massive funding 2000paid(very well)employees and the paid travel across eu for one of em ..shows how much hot air and little ethics they actually have. 3mil lost cos a staffer bet on the markets? accountability? None.
    NGOs arent accountable.
    anyone donating is a bloody fool

  6. I go hiking with a club which is half full of greenies. Love asking them about their fancy camping gear while we sit around the fire on a cold night in the wilderness. It all comes from their despised petroleum and mining industries. Hoot.

    • The Watcher says:

      Next time, demand they put out the fire, I’m sure it’s dumping co2 into the atmosphere.

    • Olaf Koenders says:

      The great unwashed are usually middle to upper-middle class non-professional cork-sniffing wine-quaffers, believe they’re acting for a higher cause by hammering metal spikes into trees to blunt the very chainsaws that make their Tasmanian Oak dining tables, book cases, four-post beds and staircases.

      They love to tell everyone else how to live without doing so themselves, driving up energy prices and mandating policies that hurt more than help their various causes. Hypocrites to the very end.

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