the second original sin: taking another bite at the apple...
Coal: Part of God’s Divine Plan
After 35 years defending his industry, Palmer, a Roman Catholic, remains as literally evangelical about coal as he was in 1997.
Back then, he told a Dutch documentary maker that when people burned gasoline in their cars and added CO2 to the air, they were “doing the work of the Lord.”
Now, Palmer told DeSmog: “It’s hard not to concede that coal hasn’t been put on Earth and other fossil fuels as part of a divine plan. Because it’s easy to get to, it’s here and more people live better and longer from it, I believe that. I’m not terribly religious but I’m a believer in Christ and all of those things. But I’m relaxed about it.”
On his interpretation of the science, Palmer’s views have changed not one bit since the late 1990s.
“There are no observations that we have been having catastrophic global warming — it’s sophistry. It’s an agenda driven by lawyers who make their own facts and make up their own laws and that was called the Obama administration. [Former vice president Al] Gore would have been the same way if he had been in power.”
Palmer does not accept, for example, that records of extreme heat are linked to CO2 levels in the atmosphere. He says rising sea levels are “not a threat to any coastal area in the world, at all.”
Palmer’s views, and those of others now embedded in the Trump-led administration, are, of course, contradicted outright by every major scientific academy on the planet.
Among those part of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team is long-serving climate science denier Myron Ebell, who has been involved in campaigns to muddy the science since the late '90s.
Palmer knows Ebell, but brags he was “the first in the room” on attacking the science to defend his industry.
I asked Palmer if he ever stops to think that perhaps being paid by the coal industry for 35 years has slanted his view.
He admitted it has, but only, he said, in exposing him to how fossil fuels have been used “in the natural environment and in the human environment where more people live longer and live better.”
So what of the Trump presidency? Palmer has great hopes, and says we’re about to experience “an historical presidency.”
It is idiots like Fred Palmer who drives the debate with religious bullshit. And there is little we can do, except refer him to the Pope to get Fred excommunicated. That would teach him. But I trust the good old bible does not have smoking coal as a sin, Pity.