Matt Ridley got a letter in the Economist, attacking their line on the Great East Anglian Cabal for Tricking us into Paying for Tickets to Copenhagen. He thinks it shows, well, that everything he has believed since 1994 is true. Funny how people are always finding things that confirm their old views . . . why they don’t worship at the altar of truth is beyond me.
This got me thinking about Ridley, ex-of Northern Rock (insert snide attack). I Googled, and found that Monbiot really does not like him. Or any libertarians for that matter
I doubt that Dr Ridley would be able to sustain his beliefs in a place where the state has broken down. Unless tax-payers’ money and public services are available to repair the destruction it causes, libertarianism destroys people’s savings, wrecks their lives and trashes their environment. It is the belief system of the free-rider, who is perpetually subsidised by responsible citizens. As biologists we both know what this means. Self-serving as governments might be, the true social parasites are those who demand their dissolution.
But Monbiot’s fury has been reserved for what he sees as the REAL conspirators – those secretly funding climate-change-sabotage.
When I use the term denial industry, I’m referring to those who are paid to say that man-made global warming isn’t happening. The great majority of people who believe this have not been paid: they have been duped. Reading Climate Cover-Up, you keep stumbling across familiar phrases and concepts which you can see every day on the comment threads. The book shows that these memes were planted by PR companies and hired experts. The first case study I’ve posted reveals how a coalition of US coal companies sought to persuade people that the science is uncertain. It listed the two social groups it was trying to reach – “Target 1: Older, less educated males”; “Target 2: Younger, lower income women” – and the methods by which it would reach them. One of its findings was that “members of the public feel more confident expressing opinions on others’ motivations and tactics than they do expressing opinions on scientific issues”.
Ad hominem rules, always.
Liberal Conspiracy do a great job disassembling one of those “lists of 700 scientists being shamefully ignored by the grand conspiracy to fool us into cycling everywhere”. Why exactly does Mel believe all this stuff? What is it about thinking that we are about to be overrun by Islamists that also gives a person really definite views on the molecular properties and climate-affecting characteristics of certain carbon-based consequences of economic activity?
. . . oh, what’s that? OH, it’s all about being Right Wing and not liking the possible solutions, you know, collectivist, that stem from recognising the problem is a collective one. Got it. Thanks.
In other news, Excellent Letter from Tim Horton to David Cameron. You may remember my annoyance at Cameron thinking high poverty levels are safe ground for the Right. Tim puts it well. However, I would like to know what he thinks may have happened without Maggie’s structural reforms. Sans Oil, we had not grown for years in the 1970s. Something needed to be done.
This letter is a dream for Lib Dem tax thinkers. Basically, they are right. Take that.