Trained scientists and others take money to go on the air and in print and espouse lies dictated by and paid for by billionaire owners and boards of fossil fuel industries. At a time when the emergency warning light is flashing on climate change, these scoundrels help to confuse the issue, making it seem as though there is scientific debate where there is no significant scientific disagreement. The planet is warming rapidly and it is life-altering for the world as we know it. And worse if we do nothing. But “nothing”, as in doing nothing, is the project for these men.Many thanks to Mary Parsons of The American Prospect for her elegant handling of this idea from the git go. And editor Kit Rachlis for the support and smarts that make all the diff.
THIS AMERICAN LIFE did an excellent Climate Change show last week, which you can hear HERE.
that our carbon addiction is trapping heat and destroying the Earth as we knew it. In the new world that emerges we will be thinking about this all the time and, in spite of our own horror of change, especially to those who are very comfortable with the system we have, we will change. Those who fight hard against change, especially when the evidence is staring one in the face, are experiencing what psychologists call “motivational reasoning”: insisting that facts fit their world-view, not the other way around. They can self-delude all they like of course. It’s the job for the rest of us to tell the truth best we can every day.