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Appendix C: Backgrounds of the Contributors to the Programme

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Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore was billed as Co-founder, Greenpeace. However, it was not mentioned that the other founders of Greenpeace dispute his claim, although, they say that he did go on the first Greenpeace voyage (see 24upfo). His rather compromised credentials as an environmentalist were also not mentioned.

His current activities as a paid lobbyist for and consultant to, the nuclear energy, mining, biotechnology and logging industries were not disclosed by the Channel 4 programme.

Moore has dismissed concerns about the impacts of logging, mining and forest clearance for agriculture on the Amazonian rainforests (see 2dtady).

In 1976, Moore called nuclear power plants the most dangerous devices that man has ever created. Their construction and proliferation is the most irresponsible, in fact the most criminal, act ever to have taken place on this planet. In 2006, Moore became co-chair (with Christine Todd Whitman) of a new industry-funded initiative, the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, which supports increased use of nuclear energy (see

See also


Direct Corporate Funding

In 1991 he established a consultancy business, Greenspirit Enterprises, through which he has worked for the mining industry, the logging industry, PVC manufacturers and in defence of biotechnology (see


Links to Corporate-funded Lobby Groups


In 1991 he became a member of the Board of Directors of the timber industry–created Forest Alliance of B.C. (see


In 1991 Moore was appointed as Director of the British Columbia Forest Alliance which was described by ODwyers PR Services Report, as a Burson-Marsteller–created group, bankrolled by large timber companies, [which] is waging a PR war with environmentalists upset with the logging of rainforests in western Canada (see


Since 2006 he has been a consultant to the Nuclear Energy Institute front group, the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition. Moore is also listed as an honorary member of Environmentalists for Nuclear Power – USA and the Honorary Chair of Environmentalists for Nuclear Power – Canada. (see 2cy3jv).


Nigel Calder

The programme relied extensively on interviews with Nigel Calder, a science journalist. The Channel 4 programme billed him as former Editor, New Scientist, but this billing gives a very misleading impression: first because he was only editor between 1962 and 1966, more than 20 years before global warming became a major public issue; and also because the New Scientist is a popular magazine and not a peer-reviewed journal, a fact that viewers may not have been aware of. It should also have been mentioned that some of his press articles on climate change have been shown to be highly misleading by mainstream climatologists, e.g. see

Calder is not an active research scientist, and has had only one peer-reviewed scientific article on climate change, published, in 1974 (ISI WoS).

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