Lovelock has drawn the ire of many environmentalists for years for his promotion of nuclear energy. Now he claims that cap-and-trade measures are little more than a scam and that billions of people are going to perish in the climate catastrophe to come. There will however be survivors:
"Lovelock guesses the rump human race will cluster around a few temperate islands in the far northern hemisphere, including his native U.K. He believes that if emergency preparations are made in time-he compares the present moment to 1939-and if the worst-case scenarios of geopolitical conflict are avoided-namely resource scrambles leading to global thermonuclear war-then something resembling a modern and even urban lifestyle may await the survivors. This future civilization will synthesize food from CO2, nitrogen, water, and a few minerals. Simple amino acids and sugars, Lovelock cheerfully explains, can be used as feedstock for bulk animal and vegetable tissue created in chemical vats from biopsies.Yum!"