NOTED ecologist and former leader of Greenpeace Dr Patrick Moore has been elected chair of the CO2 Coalition, a US conservative think tank.
The board of directors will explain how the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere from human emissions is spurring increased growth of forests, crops and plants. They will also focus on discussing how CO2 is also a very weak greenhouse gas that may have the added benefit of slight warming of the climate.
US government data showing that the modest warming, even if caused in part by industrial CO2, has resulted in no increase in extreme weather such as hurricanes and droughts or changes in the rate of sea-level rise.
Former chairman Dr. William Happer, an atmospheric physicist, recently left the CO2 Coalition to become a senior director on the National Security Council, where he has proposed a presidential commission to review the science behind claims that climate change threatens national security.
Dr. Moore is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served in the leadership for 15 years, including as a director of Greenpeace International from 1979-1986. He received the Einstein Society’s National Award for Nuclear Science and History in 2009.
Commenting on his new role, Dr. Moore said: “We aim to position the CO2 Coalition as the go-to source for information on the benefits of CO2 for the environment and civilisation.”
He said human CO2 emissions were causing a “greening of Earth”, which will increase agricultural and forestry production, as well as increasing the fertility and abundance of global ecosystems.”