While concern world-wide over climate change has risen steadily and sharply over the past 5 years the latest polling of public attitudes to climate change locally tells a sad and distrubing story. The number of people in Australia, Britian and the USA who believe that climate change is a serious problem has actually fallen in recent years. Why is it so? According to a piece by Simon Butler published in Green Left Weekly (Issue 825 – February 10, 2010) the causes can be grouped under the umbrella of the Climate Change Denial Industry. Here’s how they do it.
Firstly be aware that NO CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER HAS HAD A PEER REVIEWED ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN OVER 15 YEARS.
Are you getting this?
You see climate change deniers are free to act like adversarial lawyers whereas scientists are far more circumspect and aim for factual objectivity. According to Andrew Glickson on the ABC’s unleashed blog July 2009 – deniers tend to scan for errors “real or imagined” and will use any minor discrepancies as justification to undermine entire reports and much otherwise sound scientific data and output.
Case in point. A small factual error in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report concerning Himalayan glacial melt projections. Climate deniers have seized on this one small error (since corrected) to damn the entire 938 page IPCC report.
You were warned . .this is the UGLY truth about climate change denial. It gets worse.
A very nasty stick that the deniers are using is the use of prostitutes . . .er i mean PR people – how could i have gotten that wrong?! Author of Climate Cover-up, a dude by the name of Jim Hoggen is also a PR consultant. But Jim’s happy to spill the beans and tell it like it really is. He is on the record as saying it is “infuriating . . .to watch my colleagues use their skills, their training and their considerable intellect to poison the international debate on climate change.” He said “”few PR offences have been so obvious, so successful and so despicable as this attack on the science of climate change. It has been a triumph of disinformation – one of the boldest and most extensive PR campaigns in history, primarily financed by the energy industry and executed by some of the best PR talent in the world.”
One is tempted to say something like . . .same shit different day, except this is worse shit and and the different day is the future of your children and your children’s children’s children. Shame on those climate change deniers who are just doing it for the money. We must all be appalled at this blatant toadyism to the rich and powerful at the expense of our common future. One can only hope that Tony Abbott and Barbnaby Joyce will see a shift in public attitude back towards climate change reality by the next election. Putting climate change deniers into political power is among other things an invitation for the perfect bush-fire storm to visit Australia. I mean really . . . what’s it going to take for these meat-heads to wake up? Does anyone actually want more of the catastrophic fires of last year like they had in Victoria? Because let’s face it folks, man proposes and nature disposes.
Come on all you Aussies, Brits and Yanks . . .it’s time to shake off this Ostrich-like apathy and get real. Here’s what you can do when you pull your head out of the sand. Go to your window, stick your head out and yell at the top of your lungs I’M AS MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!