Skip to comments.Redfaced Greenpeace insists 'we didn't make it up' - we just 'emotionalised the issue'
Posted on 08/20/2009 4:53:11 AM PDT by Schnucki
Here is a deliciously watchable video of Gerd Leipold, the leader of Greenpeace, squirming like a stuck pig under cross-examination by the BBCs Stephen Sackur when accused of putting out scaremongering misinformation. (Hat Tips: Not Evil Just Wrong and Watts Up With That)
In a July 15 press release entitled Urgent Action Needed As Arctic Ice Melts, Greenpeace shrieked that there will be an ice-free arctic by 2030 thanks to global warming. Interviewing Leipold on the BBCs Hardtalk programme, Sackur pooh-poohs this risible claim by pointing out that the Greenland ice sheet is a mass of 1.6 million square kilometres with a depth in the middle of 3 kilometres; and that it had survived much warmer periods than the present. He accuses Leipold of misleading information and using exaggeration and alarmism.
After initially trying to brazen it out, Leipold is forced to surrender when Sackur tells him hes just come back from the Greenland ice shelf so he knows whereof he speaks.
I dont think it will be melting by 2030, Leipold reluctantly concedes. That may have been a mistake.
But its OK for Greenpeace to make these, ahem, mistakes Leipold suggests because We as a pressure group have to emotionalise issues and were not ashamed of emotionalising issues. Phew. So, absolutely no need to apologise then, for fomenting the kind of nonsense which nudges political leaders into making costly, wrongheaded decisions, which damage the global economy, which hurt consumers, and which divert scarce resources from areas where they are most needed.
Later in the interview, Leipold recovers his poise sufficiently to demand that US and the rest of the world - as Id probably put it if I were adopting the techniques of a Greenpeace press release writer - bomb their economies back to the
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You mean you LIED! Own it, people.
Al Gore saying the same thing...but where’s the media saying that he is lying?
Liars. These people deserve no respect.
Well, the could have been right. Come on, give ‘em a brake.
Which by implication makes them frauds.
Al "the boob" Gore also claimed it was okay to lie about the facts in this long and boring interview
Al Gore quote :
"In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality. And the Category 5 denial is an enormous obstacle to any discussion of solutions. Nobody is interested in solutions if they don't think there's a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous (global warming) is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis."
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