What Patrick Moore does today is reprehensible. Nothing can justify
denial of global heating. Lobbying for business is morally suspect in
general; it is not inherently dishonest, but it is a slippery slope
which tempts and pressures people to become increasingly dishonest.
However, when we criticize Moore for his present activities, we must
not misrepresent his past.
According to Wikipedia, Moore was involved in the development of
Greenpeace, not from the first day, but starting in 1971 before it
adopted the name “Greenpeace”. Whether that qualifies as a “founder”
depends on how strictly we interpret that word.
Calling that organization “Greenpeace Canada” is anachronistic. It
was indeed in Canada, but it did not put “Canada” into its name until
later, after other Greenpeace organizations were started in other
None of these facts make any difference as regards Moore’s denialism
and his business lobbying, but we are obliged to acknowledge them.