French President Nicolas Sarkozy appears ready to appoint renowned geophysicist and former socialist party leader Dr. Claude Allegre – France’s most outspoken global warming sceptic – to head the new super-ministry of industry and innovation.
Allegre, a former French Socialist Party leader and a member of both the French and U.S. Academies of Science, was one of the first scientists to sound global warming fears 20 years ago, but he now says the cause of climate change is ‘unknown.’ Allegre has authored more than 100 scientific articles, written 11 books, and received numerous scientific awards including the Goldschmidt Medal from the Geochemical Society of the United States.
Allegre was one of 1500 scientists who signed a November 18, 1992, letter titled ‘World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity’ in which the scientists warned that global warming’s ‘potential risks are very great.’ But Allegre now believes the global warming hysteria is motivated by money. ‘The ecology of helpless protesting has become a very lucrative business for some people!’ he explained.
Allegre ridiculed what he termed the ‘prophets of doom of global warming’ in a September 2006 article.) Allegre has mocked ‘the greenhouse-gas fanatics whose proclamations consist in denouncing man’s role on the climate without doing anything about it except organizing conferences and preparing protocols that become dead letters.’
Well, of course he used to be Leader of the Socialist Party. Who better to reject hysteria over climate change, and to see that hysteria as really an excuse to destroy (or prevent the restoration of) high-wage, high-skilled and high-status jobs for the working class; an excuse to retard or reverse economic development in the poorer parts of the world; and an excuse to restrict travel to the rich?