October 14, 2011

THE OTHER POSSIBILITY IS TOO TERRIBLE TO CONTEMPLATE:

Global warning: climate sceptics are winning the battle: Father of the green movement says scientists lack PR skills to make public listen (Michael McCarthy, 11 October 2011, Independent)

Climate sceptics are winning the argument with the public over global warming, the world's most celebrated climate scientist, James Hansen of NASA, said in London yesterday. [...]

In a briefing at the Royal Society , Dr Hansen, pictured, was frank about the success with public opinion of what he termed "the climate contrarians", in effectively lessening public concern about global warming. He said: "They have been winning the argument for several years, even though the science has become clearer.

"There's been a very strong campaign by those who want to continue fossil fuel 'business as usual', and the scientific story has not been powerful enough to offset that push."

Part of the problem, he said, was that the climate sceptic lobby employed communications professionals, whereas "scientists are just barely competent at communicating with the public and don't have the wherewithal to do it."

Given the prevalence of those who believe in human-caused global warming in the media and things like the awarding of the Nobel Prize and an Academy Award to Al Gore for his global warming movie, you'd have to say that Mr. Hansen's concerns have almost uniquely good PR and communications.  Which raises the likelihood that we in the Anglosphere have considered his case and simply rejected it after thinking it through, just as we did Malthusianism and Darwinism in the first place.  Contrarianism is just our default setting when it comes to such intellectual nonsense.


Posted by at October 14, 2011 7:13 AM
  

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