He was being interviewed about his new book "The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans" and he impressed me with his honesty in revealing that he had simply changed his mind.
Lynus is a Science writer and environmental activist campaigning for action on Global Warming with his last book "Six Degrees" laying out the catastrophic stakes. As a leading member of the Green Movement he was always a fervent opponent of Nuclear Energy and GM Crops.
Until he wrote this latest book, that is.
Yes he has done something that Politicians regard as the ultimate sin - he has changed his mind. After analysing the scientific data he came to the conclusion that Nuclear Energy has a serious role to play in reducing Greenhouse gases and GM Crops can make a real contribution to coping with our World Population. This conversion comes against a background of Germany running scared from Nuclear Energy and planning to close all their power stations in a frantic response to the Japanese Earthquake.
The stigma attached to the "U-Turn" (Remember Mrs Thatcher?) seems to be based around the fear of admitting that you were wrong, that you made a mistake. Sticking to policies through thick and thin with grim and resolute determination is considered admirable and you can eventually prove that you were right all along. I believe there still exists a "Flat Earth Society" but you can't ignore scientific facts forever as any Lemming will tell you.
Perhaps we need to stop castigating people for "U-Turns" and start congratulating them for being pragmatic and sensible in accommodating the facts of a changing World. That means Scientific facts - I'm not condoning the habits of Governments over the last decade of dancing to the music of focus groups. It's impossible to dance to "Hocus Pocus" in my experience.