Science author, reformed technophobe
Seeds of Science
Why we got it so wrong on GMOs
Multco Central 664 L9871s 2018
Edinburgh University MA in Politics and Modern History
Lynas' 1996 article for Greenpeace's Corporate Watch helped spur "direct action" against lab-modified crop plants ... which led to attacks on experimental fields in Britain. Lynas organized ecovandalism for years, and attacked Lomborg with a pie in the face. Lynas started reading academic science literature for justifications, and discovered that he enjoyed science, data, and writing better than ecovandalism. That led to the books High Tidein 2004 and Six Degrees in 2007, which earned a Royal Society prize in June 2008. In the academic literature, Lynas found zero support for his anti-GM views, and many reasons why GM methods would help the world. A decade later, this book, as an apology and explanation.
p30 "In the town of Totnes in Devon, a kind of UK version of Portland, Oregon, in its multitudes of alternative lifestyle inhabitants (under the road sign announcing 'Totnes' someone affectionately wrote 'Twinned with Narnia') ...
Much about Greenpeace false GMO propaganda in Africa, perpetuating poverty and starvation.
p213 antinuke book The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner argues that nuclear requires a centralized state
- .. as if roads, harbors, hydropower dams do not
p241 social psychologist Jonathan Haidt The Righteous Mind (BVTN): "If you ask people to believe something that violates their intuitions, they will devote their efforts to finding an escape hatch -- a reason to doubt your argument or conclusion. They will almost always succeed." Haidt thereby refutes the 'deficit model' of human psychology. "... a barrage of facts ..." doesn't work.
p242 Patrick Moore Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout (Multco Central)
p269 David MacKay http://globalcalculator.org
Why A Green Future Needs Nuclear Power
Mark Lynas, 2013, 333.7924 LYN
Lynas refers to his 2007 "Six Degrees", which advocated rapid adoption of green-tech (solar, wind, efficiency) to mitigate global warming, and dismissed nuclear. His studies since 2005 changed his mind on nuclear, and this book is the result, calling for regulatory restructuring and massive investment in an "Apollo Program" (p9) scale-up of mass produced 100MW-scale nuclear power plants between 2020 and 2030. While we are 9 years closer to his 6 degree nightmare, we are no closer to that rollout.
- p9 The pro-renewables and pro-nuclear tribes will have to join forces
- p10 Electricity use is tightly correlated with human welfare.
- p13 China growth 9%/year for 30 years, 400M people out of poverty, 20x increased income, compressed the West's 200 year industrialization into 30
- p13 Vast majority of new energy is from coal, half of China's rail capacity transports coal
- p15 largest coal reserves Russia, US, China, (4th?), India
- p16 US shale oil overtakes Saudi Arabia in 2013
- p19 Wind displaces gas-fired generation in UK, intermittency less than intentional overcapacity
- p20 political opposition to wind/solar from nimbys
p21 2011-12 windgen increase 18%, solar increase 60%, 200%/1200% over 5 years, but 0.3%->0.95% wind, 0.01%->0.17% solar, compared to a huge increase for coal,
- p25 Amory Lovins' 1976 projected 33% 'soft' sourced primary energy by 2000, true figure 0.5%
- p25 pessimists predicted global famine, actual population increase 4B to 7B, GDP increased 2.5x
- p29 500 word essay for New Statesman, angry responses, undermined activist's whole life work
- p31 early 1970s Sierra Club preferred nuclear to flooding valleys for hydropower
p31 Spencer Weart The Rise of Nuclear Fear