WASHINGTON – Greenpeace is distancing itself from Green New Deal critic and ecologist Patrick Moore, dubiously claiming the former activist is not one of its co-founders.
“Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source,” Greenpeace USA tweeted Tuesday in response to President Donald Trump.
“His statements about [New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] & the [Green New Deal] have nothing to do with our positions,” Greenpeace USA tweeted.
Moore made headlines in conservative media over his criticism of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution. Moore left Greenpeace in 1986 because he saw the group as becoming too radical, and, for years, Greenpeace listed Moore as one of its “founders and first members.”
Trump tweeted out Moore’s remarks on Fox News about Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution. Moore said the “climate crisis is not only fake news, it’s fake science.”
Greenpeace, which supports the Green New Deal, lashed out after Moore’s comments as part of a years-long public relations war against its former co-founder, arguing that he’s a paid industry shill who did not co-found the group.
However, Greenpeace’s website listed Moore as one of its “founders and first members” for years before his name was quietly removed around 2007. Moore is now listed among those on board the fateful 1971 voyage to protest U.S. nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands.
“Phil Cotes, Irving Stowe, and Jim Bohlen founded Greenpeace in 1970. Patrick Moore applied for a berth on the Phyllis Cormack in March, 1971 after the organization had already been in existence for a year,” Greenpeace International says on its website.
In a 2012 essay, Moore speculated Greenpeace blacklisting him is “[p]ossibly coincidental with my decision to come out publicly in favor of nuclear energy.” Moore also came out as a skeptic of catastrophic global warming and a proponent of genetically modified crops.
What’s also interesting is Greenpeace U.K.’s website says those who set sail in 1971 are “the founders of Greenpeace.”
“I was on that old fishing boat, so it is reasonable for me to describe myself as a co-founder of Greenpeace,” Moore wrote in 2012. “I was not only a member of the original voyage but I stayed on for 15 years as a director and campaign leader. No other member of the original voyage stayed with Greenpeace nearly that long.”
Though, Moore did admit that the whole debate over who is, and isn’t, a Greenpeace founder is somewhat of a gray area.
“The late Bob Hunter, one of the most important leaders and communicators in the early years, claimed you could find a Greenpeace founder in nearly any bar in Canada,” Moore wrote. “It turns out he was pretty much right, given the number of ex-Greenpeacers who lay claim to that honor today.”
“The truth is that Greenpeace was always a work in progress, not something definitively founded like a country or a company,” Moore wrote, though he clearly lays out his role in Greenpeace’s founding.
Moore did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.