This was no such programme. Instead, it was a platform for every sinner that repenteth. Former hippy Greens, directors of Greenpeace, the chairmen of the Copenhagen Climate Council and the like, queued up to admit error. Their reasons for doing so were interesting. None of them repudiated all their previous ideas. All continue to believe that there are serious environmental threats to the welfare of life on earth and most seem to be devoting their lives to addressing them. But, as one put it, environmentalists over the past 40 years have “failed to achieve Job One, which was to protect the planet”.
I’ve documented the mea culpa of Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore re nuclear power (and the pushback from his fellow environmentalists). At the root of the problem is the fact that the environmental movement has its roots in the Luddite counter-attack against technological civilisation of the 1960’s, and this mentality continues to dominate the movement today, it’s recent attempts to be “scientific” notwithstanding. Until that changes the “endless panic” mentality will continue with the endless unsatisfactory results to go with them. (And, to be complete, their understanding of economics is nearly as absent as their understanding of science).
But I’d like to throw out another, unrelated challenge: since leaders of the environmental movement are doing their mea culpa and admitting their MO didn’t work, when are we going to see a similar parade of leaders of the Religious Right about why their programme didn’t take America back for God?