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Former Greenpeace Activist Who Called Ocasio-Cortez "Pompous Twit" Is Persona Non Grata at Greenpeace, Monsanto Advocate

Updated on March 4, 2019
Patrick Moore
Patrick Moore

The former Greenpeace activist who called Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "pompous twit" is accused by Greenpeace in a formal statement at its website of now being a "paid representative of corporate polluters" who promotes such practices and businesses as clearcut logging, nuclear power, and genetically engineered crops.

This week in a tweet Moore launched an attack on Ocasio-Cortez for her Green New Deal Plan saying that the plan was "completely crazy" and "would bring about mass death.”

Pompous little twit. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.

— Patrick Moore (@EcoSenseNow) March 3, 2019

In a statement entitled Greenpeace Statement On Patrick Moore, the organization attacks Moore, who claims he left Greenpeace after he "saw the light," as an opportunist who cashed in on his former ties to Greenpeace by starting a consulting firm, the group says, whose clients are:

"a veritable Who’s Who of companies that Greenpeace has exposed for environmental misdeeds, including Monsanto, Weyerhaeuser, and BHP Minerals."

After being attacked by right-leaning websites and writers for violations of straw man rules she never put forth, such as "banning" beef or "banning" fossil fuels outright, Ocasio-Cortez quipped in a tweet "I fly and use A/C too."

Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal seeks to reduce the use of fossil fuels by encouraging the development of renewable sources, which other countries besides the US are already doing.

China has set the national goal of having renewable energy account for at least 35% of electricity consumption by 2030, and has in recent years has become the world's leader in renewables, with over double the renewable energy generation of the second place nation, the US.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that Germany is slated to close down all 84 of its coal-fired electricity plants by 2038. Burning coal is a leading cause of mercury in the environment, with the by-product mercury being released into the atmosphere and then washing down into waterways during snow and rain. Studies have shown mercury to be present in every species of freshwater fish studied in from US ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin which accumulates in fatty tissue and is hard to flush from the body.

In his work after Greenpeace, Moore once defended the Monsanto-patented herbicide, glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup, as being perfectly safe to use on genetically modified GMO food crops, which are engineered to not die as non-GMO food crops would if applied. The chemical has been studied extensively. Most recently, University of Washington research concluded that it increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent.

Moore told an interviewer for the French television station Canal that a person "could drink a whole quart of it" without any harm. The interviewer, unbeknownst to Moore, had a glass of the weed-killer handy, and challenged Moore to drink it. Moore then responded "I'm not crazy" and ended the interview.


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