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Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist [Paperback]

Patrick Albert Moore
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Nov. 22 2010
Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist is Dr. Patrick Moore's engaging firsthand account of his many years spent as the ultimate Greenpeace insider, a co-founder and leader in the organization's top committee. Moore explains why, 15 years after co-founding it, he left Greenpeace to establish a more sensible, science-based approach to environmentalism. From energy independence to climate change, genetic engineering to aquaculture, Moore sheds new light on some of the most controversial subjects in the news today.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore helped change the world, and now he wants to change it again through his highly enjoyable new book. Moore writes convincingly that the environmental movement has lost its way, and he outlines his vision for the way back to sanity.

In an engaging and entertaining style, Moore chronicles the exhilarating early days of Greenpeace, its roots in Vancouver, its improbable victories, its meagre budget, its brushes with disaster on the high seas, the media circus, and its meteoric rise to global celebrity. From stopping nukes to saving whales, the whole story is here.

But the book does not stop with tales of the Greenpeace glory days. Moore wades into the political morass that engulfed them when the organization's growth went wild. We read about how the movement nearly failed, how it emerged in its current form, and the forces that caused Greenpeace to take increasingly extreme positions.

A scientist with a Ph.D. in Ecology, Moore explains passionately his commitment to reason, which put him at odds with an increasingly ideologically driven Greenpeace. They were 'against' many things, but offered few practical solutions to the planet's challenges. Moore illuminates readers on how and why a movement about saving the planet has become, as he writes, "anti-human."

Moore takes on one activist myth after another, debunking spurious claims with facts and arguments, offering readers an education on key topics from forestry to fish farming. For example, there's a brilliant exposé of the trumped up hysteria over the planet's supposedly irreversible march toward mass species extinction, which he shows to be based on statistical wizardry and dubious assumptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout Feb. 22 2011
Excellent book, very well written.

Should be compulsory reading for all our politicians, students, NGOs, and all environmental zealots and others, and just about everybody else interested in our future.

Congratulations to Patrick Moore for writing a courageous, intelligent, frank and insightful history and vision of being a 'greenie" and then finding a way of being a "sensible environmentalist". Powerful, as it is from someone who was on "the other side".

Quite brilliant, really.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greenpeace's loss June 13 2011
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Compared to the incessant ad hominem attacks, hyperbole and dubious science put forth by leading environmental organizations Dr. Moore's book, "Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout," is a much appreciated breath of fresh air. Referring to himself as a "sensible environmentalist," Dr. Moore's exposition is calm, pragmatic and, most importantly, based on sound science.

Confessions can be split into two parts of about equal length. The first is primarily an insider's look at the exciting and revolutionary, for the time, birth and growth of Greenpeace, from the initial brave forays to stop surface testing of nuclear weapons to more recent campaigns such as the initiative seeking a global ban on chlorine. Sadly, the account ends with Greenpeace's descent into junk science which the author, a trained scientist, could not bear and lead to his "dropout" from the organization. Happily, Dr. Moore shows little, if any, bitterness or inclination to settle old scores.

The second half of the book is a chapter by chapter examination of environmental issues from salmon farming to genetically engineered crops all presented from a "sensible" perspective which more often than not challenges the dogma of environmental organizations like Greenpeace and The Sierra Club. The chapter on climate change alone is worth the price of admission. If you have been following this issue through mainstream media and accept the oft quoted dictum "the science is settled" be prepared for some revealing surprises. This is not to suggest Dr. Moore is a climate change denier. He is not.

The book is a comfortable read even with the modicum of scientific data and graphs unavoidably included in the second half.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK! May 15 2011
By Dave
Finally there is an environmentalist on the side of human kind. We belong here afterall! Almost everything we hear or read these days makes us the scourge of the earth. It is beyond refreshing to read something about the environment that is common sense based; that has real science behind it or in the case of uncertainty just a statement that it is uncertain. The lies perpetrated by the IPCC and briefly exposed in the main stream media are reviewed in this book and should remain in the public mind as a reminder that we need to question everything that we hear. I had heard that there were contrary opinions in the scientific community to the IPCC reports but I had no idea that there were 31,000 scientists stating that there is no conclusive proof of the IPCC findings and that there is no conclusive scientific evidence that we are having an impact on the climate. This is just one of the many issues discussed in the book; in the broadest sense this is a book about sustainable development; something we should all be concerned about.

You need to read this book draw your own conclusions and then share it with your friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
A must read if you wonder about the truth on the green movement and how it has lost it's way to greed, hypocracy and self serving lies and where some groups like greenpeace cause... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jo Oil
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read
I always thought I was well-informed on issues and realistic in my dedication to the environment. This book reminded me that there is always more to know and many sides to a... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2012 by Galen C
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for environmental science students, politicians and...
Patrick Moore should win an environmental prize for his level headed and scientific approach to environmental issues. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2012 by Ian Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, full of wonderful information
Patrick Moore brings a wonderful perspective to a world consumed in green rhetoric. He brings a balanced book with scientific evidence to support his conclusions. Read more
Published on May 29 2012 by sfwalsh
5.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity to reconcile the polarity of environmental debate
Finally, a balanced view, free of the hyperbole of the war between Environmentalists and Industry. People trapped in the dogma of hysterical environmentalism may attempt to... Read more
Published on March 20 2012 by A. Beaulieu
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is terrible
There isn't a shred of science in this book. You can save your money and just watch fox news instead. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2011 by Space Man
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Tripe
I'm as sensible as the next guy when it comes to environmental issues but this book is absolute tripe. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2011 by The Benevolent Robot
1.0 out of 5 stars Moore: the not sensible environmentalist
Don't buy Moore's book if you are interested in seeing environmental improvement. Moore paints himself as just about the only right-thinking person on the planet when it comes to... Read more
Published on March 2 2011 by Brian Blomme
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