Recognizing that their prior, extreme environmental positions may have been “throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” or “letting the perfect be the enemy of the good,” it appears that well-known leaders of some of the most extreme environmental groups in the world are coming around to our way of thinking. Might a common sense approach to an inclusive view of policies be close on the heels of this 180-degree change in position?
We’ve been saying it for years…extreme environmental positions, distortions, and nonsensical approaches to the challenges of food and energy production in the world have not only complicated but certainly hindered the advancements of those industries.
The light has dawned beyond just farm circles now. And yes, it’s even enlightened the halls of Greenpeace. Patrick Moore, one of the founding members of environmental campaign group Greenpeace said, "We were right that the nuclear industry had problems, but that didn't mean we should be against nuclear energy completely. We have caused extra gigatons of greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere by being so precious about nuclear."
Stewart Brand, an American activist and former editor of Whole Earth Catalog, said: "I would like to see an environmental movement that says it turns out our fears about genetically engineered food crops were exaggerated and we are glad about that. It is a humble and modest stance to take to the real world. Environmentalists did harm by being ignorant and ideological and unwilling to change their mind based on actual evidence. As a result, we have done harm and I regret it."