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Patrick Moore, PhD Biography

Chair of Ecology, Energy, and Prosperity at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and former Director of Greenpeace International
Now Con to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists…

When modern life evolved over 500 million years ago, CO2 was more than 10 times higher than today, yet life flourished at this time. Then an Ice Age occurred 450 million years ago when CO2 was 10 times higher than today. There is some correlation, but little evidence, to support a direct causal relationship between CO2 and global temperature through the millennia. The fact that we had both higher temperatures and an ice age at a time when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today fundamentally contradicts the certainty that human-caused CO2 emissions are the main cause of global warming.”

“Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting Ecosystems and Economies,”, Feb. 25, 2014

[Editor’s Note: Prior to Patrick Moore’s 2014 Con position statement shown above, his position was Pro, as indicated by the Apr. 16, 2006 statement shown below from “Going Nuclear: A Green Makes the Case,” available at]

“[N]uclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change.

Look at it this way: More than 600 coal-fired electric plants in the United States produce 36 percent of U.S. emissions – or nearly 10 percent of global emissions – of CO2, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change…

Imagine if the ratio of coal to nuclear were reversed so that only 20 percent of our electricity was generated from coal and 60 percent from nuclear. This would go a long way toward cleaning the air and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Going Nuclear: A Green Makes the Case,”, ” Apr. 16, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chair, Ecology, Energy, and Prosperity, Frontier Centre for Public Policy
  • Cochair, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (nuclear power advocacy organization), 2006-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Forest Alliance British Columbia, 1991-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, NextEnergy (geothermal energy company)
  • Expert, Heartland Institute
  • Cofounder, former Chair, and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd.
  • Consultant, IPEX (plastics fabrication), 2001
  • Advisor, Canadian Mining Association, 1996
  • Vice President, Environment and Government Affairs, WaterFurnace International, 1995-1998
  • Director, Architectural Institute of British Columbia, 1995-1996
  • Consultant, Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, 1992-1996
  • Consultant, Westcoast Energy and British Columbia Gas, 1993-1994
  • Member, Economic Development and Environment Committee, Vancouver Board of Trade, 1992-1994
  • Member, Aquaculture Advisory Council, British Columbia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1990-1993
  • Founder and President, Quatsino Seafarms Ltd., 1984-1991
  • Cofounder and Director, Greenpeace International, 1971-1986
  • Director, Western Canada Chapter, Sierra Club, 1971-1973
  • PhD, Ecology, University of British Columbia, 1972
  • BSc, Forest Biology, University of British Columbia, 1969
  • National Award for Nuclear Science, Einstein Society, 2009
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, North Carolina State University, 2005
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?