Patrick Moore was one of the co-founders of environmentalist organization Greenpeace.
He left the group in the mid-1980s, saying that “the environmental movement had abandoned science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism.” He’s since been a vocal critic of the movement and a critic of the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
However, regardless of his current opinions or how unfashionable they may be, he still remains a co-founder of the group. Up until a few days ago, he says, Google made note of this fact.
Then he criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal and, well, things took a turn.
In the tweet, fired off on March 2, Moore called the New York Democrat a “(p)ompous little twit.”
“You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get food into the cities,” he wrote.
“Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.”
Pompous little twit. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.
— Patrick Moore (@EcoSenseNow) March 3, 2019
Well, that’s certainly one way to put it.
In an appearance last week on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, he elaborated on why he thought the Green New Deal was unwise, saying that Democrats who were embracing its tenets would hearken the “end of civilization” by aiming to eliminate fossil fuels to the greatest extent possible in a period of only 10 years.
“Basically, they are opposed to approximately 98.5 percent of all the electricity that we are all using and nearly 100 percent of all the vehicle and transportation and ships and planes that we are using,” Moore said.
“So when I tweeted the other day and had a huge response — over 3 million impressions on Twitter, when I said ‘You don’t have a plan to feed 8 billion people without fossil fuels or get the food into the cities where it’s needed. That requires large trucks, and there’s not going to be electric trucks anytime soon hauling 40 tons of food into the supermarkets.”
Anyway, telling the truth about the Green New Deal got Moore memory-holed by the folks at Google, according to the scientist and consultant.
Check out Moore’s Twitter post below. Click on the images in the tweet until you get the full effect.
Oh my! @Google has removed my photo and name from the “Founders of @Greenpeace“. It was still there 2 days ago but now I am erased. Tech Tyranny!!
1st image a few days ago screen shot.
2nd image this morning.
Both were Googled “Who are the founders of Greenpeace” pic.twitter.com/W0fHWmLMtl
— Patrick Moore (@EcoSenseNow) March 16, 2019
The first picture, as you can see, clearly shows Moore as one of the co-founders. The second picture doesn’t.
Now, granted, I’ve never Googled the names of the founders of Greenpeace before today, probably because I always assumed it was a bunch of, well, pompous little twits.
Therefore, I can’t avouch for the truth of what Moore is saying about the Google images and there doesn’t exist a machine to go back in time a few days so I could check it out. (I’m sure said machine would probably use a fair amount of fossil fuel energy, anyway, so better I just skip it.)
What makes this particularly disturbing, however, is that it comes several days after Greenpeace tweeted about Moore, claiming he wasn’t a founder.
Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about @AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions.
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) March 12, 2019
Note the argument here:
- Patrick Moore wasn’t a founder of Greenpeace.
- He doesn’t represent Greenpeace.
- He’s a paid lobbyist … which is why he’s not a founder of Greenpeace.
I understand that he no longer represents the organization — I think that anyone could figure that one out — but whether or not he’s a paid lobbyist has nothing to do with whether or not he was one of the founders of Greenpeace.
The current leaders of Greenpeace might not want any part of Moore now, but there’s no denying he was in the organization from the beginning.
The Greenpeace.org page, while acknowledging how nebulous the word “founder” is, lists Moore as one of the original crewmembers of the Greenpeace boat that sailed to protest nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands in September 1971, the founding voyage of the organization.
While others present had their occupations listed such as “journalist,” Moore and two others are listed only as having the affiliation “Greenpeace.”
That voyage was taken under the aegis of the environmental group Don’t Make a Wave. It wasn’t until January 1972 that Don’t Make a Wave reconstituted itself as Greenpeace, according to a chronology compiled by Rex Wyler, a longtime Greenpeace activist, director, and editor of its first newsletter.
In short, Moore was a member of Greenpeace before there even was a Greenpeace.
But that’s apparently how the tech industry memory hole works. If Greenpeace now says that Moore wasn’t a founder, then he mustn’t be. Moore’s political position, so that inconvenient truth (I know, I know, I’m sorry) has to be hidden. History must be rewritten, a la “1984.”
And so, apparently, it was. “Don’t be evil,” indeed.
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