Entergy CEO will be missed on climate change [hoax]: Stephanie Grace | NOLA.com
Leonard is no climate scientist, but he's been a diligent student for years, and he believes people ignore science at their peril.
In 2010, after the BP blowout brought energy policy rhetoric to a head, Leonard took out an eye-catching ad in The Times-Picayune that decried the people who were blocking action to fight global warming, "climate science deniers" who Leonard likened to the " 'flat earthers' of our day." It was titled "Siding with Louisiana," because, Leonard argued, the state is particularly vulnerable to the effects of rising sea levels and stronger storms.
Reaching into the headlines for an analogy, Leonard settled on the failure of the Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer.
"Denying the science of man-made climate change is actually more reckless than assuming that a blowout preventer will work," he wrote. "The fact is, the blowout preventer is designed to be a last resort. That doesn't make it right to rely on one, but I could argue that the climate change risk we are taking is far more reckless. Climate evidence points to a high probability of a catastrophic outcome, and we don't have a 'last resort' mechanism to rely on."
And he's teamed up with advocacy organizations to get the word out.
Last May, Leonard co-wrote an opinion piece for The Times-Picayune with Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, noting that both had seen wreckage brought on by extreme weather events and "believe it's time to rally together to recognize the dangers of a changing climate, and to invest in reducing risk and building resilience." Along the Gulf Coast, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav, they wrote, provided a "glimpse of what our future could look like continuously" if we don't do so.
...Leonard called climate change "the greatest threat to our world we have ever faced."
"It's complicated science, but there is near unanimous agreement that we will not suffer the consequences of inaction or of promoting policies that exacerbate the growing crisis. Those that will suffer are those without a voice: the unborn children and other species or other living things that sustain life and nature and the world as we know it," he said.
Of course, Leonard did have something of a luxury of having a compatible business angle. His company has an interest in protecting the communities where its customers live, and Entergy has plenty of holdings in more climate-friendly sources, such as nuclear and natural gas.