A few weeks ago I attended a meeting of the local branch of IPENZ. The speaker was Bryan Leyland, a consultant in the energy sector with very strong views on a number of global issues. Then the May/June issue of Engineering Insight contained an opinion piece by Leyland covering similar ground. In his view, for example:
- The world has plentiful resources (fossil fuels, food).
- Man-made CO2 does not cause global warming.
- Nuclear power is safe and should be widely adopted.
His presentation certainly was thought provoking. I found it disturbing, not because I disagreed with many of his views (even though I do), but because of his certainty and the way he used data to support his arguments. I thought I’d share some of my reactions.