[Guest post by DRJ]
Scientist James Lovelock has no sympathy for the East Anglia scientists caught fudging climate data, and he’s grateful for global warming skeptics who help maintain scientific standards. But he still thinks humans are too stupid to make good decisions about climate change and democracy is an obstacle to those decisions:
“I don’t think we’re yet evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change,” said Lovelock in his first in-depth interview since the theft of the UEA emails last November. “The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t really do anything meaningful.”
One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is “modern democracy”, he added. “Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while.”
Lovelock believes democracy won’t work when it comes to big problems because people are too stupid to understand the problems or the solutions. I disagree. People will buy big ideas, but global warming advocates don’t have the facts to sell their claims.
Sometimes scientists are like salesmen: They blame the buyer when it’s the product that doesn’t work.