Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore


  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, North Carolina State University (2005).
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Institute of Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia (1974). 
  • Honors B.Sc. in Forest Biology, University of British Columbia. 

Source: [1]


Patrick Moore is a Canadian environmentalist, often referred to incorrectly as a founder of Greenpeace, who believes that humans are not to blame for global warming. 

He was a leading figure with Greenpeace Canada and worked with Greenpeace International between 1981 and 1986, but was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. Moore broke away from Greenpeace after he concluded that “…the environmental movement had abandoned science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism.” [2] Greenpeace contends that “what Moore really saw was an opportunity for financial gain. Since then he has gone from defender of the planet to a paid representative of corporate polluters.” [5]

In 1991, Patrick Moore established a consultancy business called Greenspirit Enterprises “focusing on environmental policy and communications in natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change.” [3]

According to a statement by Greenpeace, “Patrick Moore frequently portrays himself as a founder or co-founder of Greenpeace, and many news outlets have repeated this characterization. Although Mr. Moore played a significant role in Greenpeace Canada for several years, he did not found Greenpeace.” [4]

After he left Greenpeace, Moore began work with the Nuclear Energy Institute front group, the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition. He has also worked for the mining industry, the logging industry, PVC manufacturers, the nuclear industry, and in defense of biotechnology. In October 2008, Greenpeace issued a statement distancing itself from Moore, saying he “exploits long gone ties with Greenpeace to sell himself as a speaker and pro-corporate spokesperson, usually taking positions that Greenpeace opposes.”[5] 

Moore is the “chairman and chief scientist” of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., a PR company that “work with many leading organizations in forestry, biotechnology, aquaculture and plastics, developing solutions in the areas of natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change.”

He is also a Board Member of NextEnergy, a Canadian energy services company.[6]

Moore has been criticized for his relations with “polluters and clear-cutters” through his consultancy and has earned his living since the early 1990s primarily through consulting and publicly speaking for a variety of corporations and lobby groups such as the Nuclear Energy Institute. [7], [8]

Refusal to Drink Pesticide that “Won't Hurt You”

Just after the World Health Organization released a study concluding that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is “probably carcinogenic,” Pat Moore told a French filmmaker that glyphosate is safe to drink. Upon being offered some glyphosate to try, Moore refused to take up his own suggestion, ending the interview and telling the filmmaker, “I'm not an idiot.”

Stance on Climate Change

“We do not know if we are a small or large part of the present global warming. It is not possible through science to determine an exact answer to this question. Certainly the natural factors, and there are many, that have acted to change the climate many times through the history of the Earth, are still operating today. They have not gone away. But human emissions of CO2 is a new (natural) factor. So it is very unlikely that we are the only factor causing the present global warming but we may be one of the factors.” [9]

According to one article, “Moore contended that global warming and the melting of glaciers is positive because it creates more arable land and the use of forest products drives up demand for wood and spurs the planting of more trees. He added that any realistic plan to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and the emission of so-called greenhouse gases should include increased use of nuclear energy.” [10]

Key Quotes

3:08-3:48 “You see people should, sort of, wake up to the fact that the climate stopped warming more than 10 years ago. Nineteen ninety-eight was the warmest year we’ve had in the last 100 years. Since then there’s been a slight cooling trend. Yes, the Arctic ice was lowest in 2007 in any summer since we started measuring it, only in 1979, so we don’t really have a very long dataset here, but for the last two years it has been rebuilding. Antarctica never did get warm, it has remained cold and the sea ice around Antarctica has not shrunk in the slightest, and you can find this easily on the Internet.” [21]

7:35-8:13 “I think it is crazy for Al Gore to suggest that in 10 years from now, we will not be using any fossil fuels. That is apparently his goal, and politicians of the world over are clambering over each other to make more wildly ridiculous promises about 80% reduction in fossil fuels or a carbon neutral world. Personally, I do not think a carbon neutral world is feasible: Not with this many people, and not if people are going to bring themselves out of poverty in the developing countries. It’s just not going to happen, and maybe it isn’t necessary to have a carbon neutral world.” [21]

“I support sustainable forestry, which is sometimes best done by making clearings where new trees can grow in the sun. I have given my reasons for supporting nuclear power, vinyl and genetic engineering in my books, all of which stem from a concern for the environment and human welfare. And is Greenpeace suggesting environmentalists should be against “mining”? Have these people stopped riding bicycles, texting on cell phones, typing on laptops, and riding mass transit? How could they say anything more ridiculous?” [11]

If there were no CO2 in the atmosphere there would be no life on this planet. Surely that should be enough to permit questioning the certainty of those who demonize this key molecule. [26]
“We should celebrate CO2 as the giver of life it is.” [26]

Key Deeds

December 9, 2015

Patrick Moore reported Greenpeace to the FBI shortly after a Greenpeace Investigation (“Academics for Hire”) found several academics were willing to accept funding from fossil fuel interests to write articles promoting carbon dioxide,  [34]

According to Moore, “[Greenpeace] is now an enemy of the State, an enemy of humanity and, indeed, an enemy of all species on Earth.” [35] 

December 7, 2015

Patrick Moore appears as a “Key Scientist” in Marc Morano’s documentary film, Climate Hustle, which debuted on December 7, 2015, in Paris, France during the COP21 United Nations summit on climate change[33] The film chiefly showcases Morano's personality, a range of discredited scientists, and no new factual information about climate change.

Other notable “Key Scientists” featured in Climate Hustle include: [33]

November 19, 2015

Patrick Moore, Richard Lindzen, and William Happer headlined a “climate summit” arranged by the Texas Public Policy Foundation preceding the UN climate summit in Paris (COP21). [31]

Let’s celebrate CO2!” Moore declared at the event. 

“We know for absolute certain that carbon dioxide is the stuff of life, the foundation for life on earth,” Moore said.
“We are dealing with pure political propaganda that has nothing to do with science,” he continued.
“The deserts are greening from rising CO2,” he added.
“Co2 has provided the basis of life for at least 3.5 billion years,” Moore said.  [31]
Critics have suggested the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is influenced by donations from a relatively small group of corporations. For example, the director of Texans for Public Justice has said that TPPF’s donors are a Who’s Who of Texas polluters, giant utilities and big insurance companies. TPPF is thinking the way its donors want it to think.” [32]

September 3, 2015

Patrick Moore, listing himself as a director of the CO2 Coalition in his signature, wrote an article in the Opinion Pages of Wall Street Journal  titled “Obama’s Half-Baked Alaska” where he suggests that there is no need to be worried about glacial ice receding because it has happened in the past. [30]
“All of this happened long before human emissions of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, could have had any impact,” Moore writes. “There is no reason to believe that those factors have suddenly disappeared and now humans are the all-powerful shapers of global climate destiny. Yet this entirely unproven hypothesis of catastrophe is compelling to those who would control our beliefs.” 
He continues, stating that “carbon dioxide is essential for all life on Earth, that plants could use a lot more of it, and that the real threat is a cooling of the climate, not the slight warming that has occurred over the past 300 years.” [30]
According to SkepticalScience, the argument that arctic icemelt is a natural cycle is a climate myth, just as is the idea that CO2 is “plant food.”

March, 2015

Patrick Moore published an opinion/blog piece in The Province where he says that carbon is not pollution, and that instead “We should celebrate CO2 as the giver of life it is.”

Accoridng to Moore, global warming has paused since 2000. Moore also mentions a common talking point by climate change skeptics that “Contrary to popular belief, at 400 parts per million (0.04 per cent), CO2 is lower now in the atmosphere than it has been during most of the 550 million years since modern life forms emerged during the Cambrian period.”

Here's a breakdown of Moore's main arguments, discussed at Skeptical Science:

  1. CO2 isn't a pollutant.
  2. CO2 is “plant food.”
  3. Global warming has stopped.
  4. High levels of CO2 in the past contradict the warming effect of CO2.

October-November, 2014

Patrick Moore conducts a speaking tour across Australia financed by the Galileo Movement, which describes Patrick Moore as “a co-founder of Greenpeace,” despite Greenpeace itself contesting that “Patrick Moore did not found Greenpeace.” [23] Rex Weyler, a former colleague of Moore's and actual co-founder of Greenpeace International, stated: “Moore has served as a corporate public relations consultant far longer than he ever worked for Greenpeace, and he has never worked as a scientist.” [24] Moore's speaking tour includes “one-on-one meetings with news organisations, politicians and business leaders with a mix of public lectures and town hall meetings for the general public throughout Australia,” and it hopes to “have a substantial influence on decision makers in Australia promoting sensible environmental policies.” [25]

October 9, 2014

Patrick Moore attends Amherst College to deliver a presentation titled “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout,” which was put on and paid for by the Amherst College Republicans. [22] Moore argues that “current climate change trends are not particularly dangerous, even if they continue until no permanent ice remains at the North and South poles,” according to The Amherst Student, Amherst College's Independent Newspaper. [22] Roughly 20 minutes into Moore's presentation, nearly half of the audience, made up of the Green Amherst Project's members, exited the room in protest of Moore's claims regarding anthropogenic global warming. Moore responded to the protest in a question-and-answer session following his presentation by saying, “fifty people walk out, and I say that's a pretty Taliban thing to do,” and described the protestors as “the real deniers,” and “as having a 'Taliban mindset.'” [22]

July 7 - 9, 2014

Patrick Moore was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada. [20]

DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here.

November 21, 2009

Patrick Moore was a presenter at a TEDx Talk in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he argues against adopting climate polices that will “put hundreds of millions of people into energy poverty,” and recommends “waiting to see what happens,” in terms of climate, because he thinks we don't know what will happen. A video of his presentation can be viewed below [21]:

March, 2007

Participated in “The Great Global Warming Swindle” documentary. [12]

The Great Global Warming Swindle stars prominent skeptics including Tim Ball, Roy Spencer, Fred Singer, Pat Michaels, Nir Shaviv, Nigel Lawson, Ian Clark, Piers Corbyn, Philip Stott, Paul Reiter, Richard Lindzen, Patrick Moore, Patrick Michaels, Syun-Ichi Akasofu, Fred Singer, Paul Driessen, and others.

September, 2006

Wrote a letter to the UK's Royal Society, where he stated that “there is no scientific proof of causation between the human-induced increase in atmospheric CO2 and the recent global warming trend, a trend that has been evident for about 500 years, long before the human-induced increase in CO2 was evident.” [13]

2005 - 2009

SourceWatch has a full list of Moore's speaking appearances for the period 2005-2009, and includes many in which he promotes nuclear power.

2003 & 2005

Appeared on Penn & Teller: Bullshit! in episodes Environmental Hysteria (2003) [14] and Endangered Species (2005). [15]

March, 1971

Patrick Moore applies for a berth to join Greenpeace's Phyllis Cormack, one year after Greenpeace had already been in existence. [23]


Patrick Moore's “Past Clients” include: [18]

  • Asian Pulp & Paper (APP). [19]
  • B.C. Hazardous Waste Management Corporation (1991-92).
  • Canadian Pulp and Paper Association (1992-96).
  • Westcoast Energy and BC Gas (1993-1994).
  • BHP Minerals (Canada) (1993-94, 1996).
  • Canadian Mining Association and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (1996).
  • National Association of Forest Industries (Australia), speaking tour of Australia, (1996).
  • IPEX, “Canada’a largest manufacturer of PVC, to intervene in the environmental policy of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid”, 2001.


Note that Greenpeace mentioned this article as having provided inaccurate information on Nuclear Power. [4]



  1. “Biographies” (PDF), Shark Water.

  2. Environmental Movement Has Lost Its Way.” The Miami Herald, January 28, 2005.

  3. Greenspirit, “About Greenspirit: Who is Patrick Moore?,” Greenspirit website. Accessed August 24, 2011.

  4. Patrick Moore Background Information.” Greenpeace website. Accessed Aug 25, 2011.

  5. Greenpeace Statement On Patrick Moore,” Greenpeace, October 10, 2008.

  6. Our Company,” NextEnergy website. Accessed August 24, 2011.

  7. Bennett, Drake. “Eco-Traitor,” Wired magazine, March, 2004.

  8. Q&A With Patrick Moore, CASEnergy Coalition Co-Chair,” Nuclear Energy Institute, September, 2009.

  9. EU Watch Interview with Patrick Moore, May 24, 2007. Republished by Greenspirit Strategies Ltd.

  10. Greenpeace co-founder praises global warming.” The Honolulu Advertiser, January 13, 2006.

  11. Patrick Moore, “Who are the Founders of Greenpeace?” Beatty Street Publishing Inc.

  12. Patrick Moore,IMDb Profile. Accessed August 24, 2011.

  13. Royal Society Release.” Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., September 21, 2006.

  14. Penn & Teller Bullshit - Environmental Hysteria Part 1.” [Video]. (Dec 29, 2009). Retreived August 25, 2011.

  15. Penn & Teller Bullshit - Endangered Species Part 1. ” [Video]. (Jan 9, 2010). Retrieved August 25, 2011.

  16. Co-chairs Biographies.” CASEnergy Coalition.

  17. About Us.” Greenspirit Strategies Ltd.

  18. Resume of Patrick Moore, Ph.D.,”Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., accessed August 25, 2011.

  19. Why is a former Greenpeace activist siding with Indonesia's logging industry?” George Monbiot's Blog at the Guardian. Dec 2, 2010.

  20.  ”Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.

  21. Patrick Moore. “TEDxVancouver - Patrick Moore 11/21/09,” TEDx Talks, January 28, 2010. Archived July 28, 2014.

  22. Green Amherst Project Walks Out of Talk by Patrick Moore,The Amherst Student, October 22, 2014. Archived October 27, 2014.

  23. Patrick Moore background information,” Greenpeace, December 7, 2010.

  24. Deep Green: Science and Rhetoric, Patrick Moore's Confessions,” Greenpeace, April 7, 2011.

  25. Lecture Tour Patrick Moore - Greenpeace Co-Founder,” Galileo Movement, IndieGoGo Campaign, August 5, 2014.

  26.  ”Patrick Moore: Carbon is not ‘pollution,’ whether in oceans or the air,” The Province, March 31, 2015.

  27. Patrick Moore,” Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Archived August 1, 2015. 

  28. Expert: Patrick Moore,” Heartland Institute. Archived September 8, 2015.

  29. About,” Co2Coalition. Archived September 4, 2015.

  30. Patrick Moore. “Obama’s Half-Baked Alaska,” Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2015. Archived September 9, 2015. 

  31. Marc Morano. “Prominent Scientists Declare Climate Claims Ahead of UN Summit 'Irrational' – 'Based On Nonsense' – 'Leading us down a false path',” Climate Depot, November 19, 2015. WebCite URL

  32. Forrest Wilder. “Revealed: The Corporations and Billionaires that Fund the Texas Public Policy Foundation,” Texas Observer, August 24, 2012. 

  33. Background on Key Scientists Appearing in Climate Hustle,” Climate Hustle. Archived January 11, 2016.

  34. Lawrence Carter and Maeve McClenaghan. “Exposed: Academics-for-hire agree not to disclose fossil fuel funding,” Greenpeace EnergyDesk, December 8, 2015. WebCiteURL

  35. Happer days,” Bishop Hill, December 8, 2015. Archived January 25, 2016. WebCiteURL