Whole Foods CEO calls climate change ‘perfectly natural and not necessarily bad’

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The CEO of Whole Foods is on a roll: less than a week after telling National Public Radio (NPR) that he thinks the Affordable Care Act is “fascism” (instead of “socialism,” as he previously described it), an interview with Mother Jones published Friday quotes him calling climate change “perfectly natural and not necessarily bad.”

“Contrary to what has been written about me I am not a ‘climate-change skeptic,’” John Macky reportedly said. “Climate change is clearly occurring, and based on what I have read global temperatures have increased about 1.5 degrees Celsius over the past 150 years. We’ve been in a gradual warming trend since the ending of the ‘Little Ice Age’ in about 1870, and climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad.”

Mackey said that he believes humanity will “adapt” to climate change, and possibly even thrive. “What I am opposed to is trying to stop virtually all economic progress because of the fear of climate change,” he added. “I would hate to see billions of people condemned to remain in poverty because of climate-change fears.”

NASA’s top climate scientist has a different view of the crisis. Dr. James Hansen has been warning for years that climate change will cause a mass extinction on Earth the likes of which humanity has not seen.

“If we continue with business as usual this century, we will drive to extinction 20 to 50 percent of the species on the planet,” he told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer last August. “We are pushing the system an order of magnitude faster than any natural changes of climate in the past.”

Despite his track record of controversial remarks, Mackey told The Huffington Post that he regretted telling NPR that he thinks health care reform is “fascism,” even though he insisted the terminology is accurate.

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