The sun rose in the West. Nancy Pelosi endorsed Glen Beck for president. Barack Obama joined the tea party movement.
James Lovelock praised climate skeptics.
in 1979, Lovelock published the book-length version of his Gaia theory, which postulates that the Earth functions as a kind of super-organism, with millions of species regulating its temperature. Despite initial scepticism from the Darwinists, who refused to believe that individual organisms could act in harmony, the Gaia theory has been widely accepted and now underlies most atmospheric science.
What, I wondered, would be the great man's view on the latest twists in the atmospheric story -- the Climategate emails and the sloppy science revealed in the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? To my surprise, he immediately professed his admiration for the climate-change sceptics.
"I think you have to accept that the sceptics have kept us sane - some of them, anyway," he said. "They have been a breath of fresh air. They have kept us from regarding the science of climate change as a religion. It had gone too far that way. There is a role for sceptics in science. They shouldn't be brushed aside. It is clear that the angel side wasn't without sin."
What's next? Al Gore telling us that he now believes the earth is headed for a new ice age?
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