Climate Change Deniers Have Grasped That Markets Can’t Fix the Climate

The refusal to accept global warming is driven by corporate interests and the fear of what it will cost to try to stop it.

Seumas Milne, The Guardian, February 20, 2014

Planet Earth in Outer Space‘In the words of Nicholas Stern’s 2006 report, climate change is “the greatest market failure the world has ever seen”.’ (Photograph: Corbis)

It’s an unmistakable taste of things to come. The floods that have deluged Britain may be small beer on a global scale. Compared with the cyclone that killed thousands in the Philippines last autumn, the deadly inundations in Brazil or the destruction of agricultural land and hunger in Africa, the south of England has got off lightly.

But the message has started to get through. This is exactly the kind of disaster predicted to become ever more frequent and extreme as greenhouse gas-driven climate change heats up the planet at a potentially catastrophic rate. And it’s exposed the David Cameron who wanted to “get rid of all the green crap” and who slashed flood defence spending by £100m a year as weak and reckless to his own supporters. Continue lendo

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97% global warming consensus meets resistance from scientific denialism

The robust climate consensus faces resistance from conspiracy theories, cherry picking, and misrepresentations

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Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian, May 28, 2013

The Skeptical Science survey finding 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming has drawn an incredible amount of media attention. Hundreds of media stories documented our survey and results. Lead author John Cook and I participated in a number of interviews to discuss the paper, including on Al Jazeera, CNN, and ABC. President Obama even Tweeted about our results to his 31 million followers.

The story has been so popular mainly because our results present a simple but critical message. There is a wide gap between the public awareness and the reality of the expert consensus on human-caused global warming. Continue lendo

Exxon CEO: Global Climate Change ‘Manageable’; ‘Engineering’ Can Fix It

Rex Tillerson says ‘lazy’ US journalists should subscribe to industry-backed claims, not ‘fear-mongering’ independent scientists

Common Dreams staff, June 28, 2012

During a talk hosted by the conservative Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson claimed that ‘fear-mongering’ on climate change by environmental groups and independent scientists has been enabled by a ‘lazy’ press and a scientifically ‘illiterate’ public.

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The American Denial of Global Warming

Naomi Oreskes, UCtelevision, December 20, 2007

Join scientist and renowned historian Naomi Oreskes as she describes her investigation into the reasons for such widespread mistrust and misunderstanding of scientific consensus and probes the history of organized campaigns designed to create public doubt and confusion about science

Climate Change – Our Real Bequest to Future Generations

Deficit hawks try to scare us about the debt we’re leaving. That’s economic nonsense – unlike the costs of global warming

Dean Baker, The Guardian, January 3, 2012

It is remarkable how efforts to reduce the government deficit/debt are often portrayed as a generational issue, while efforts to reduce global warming are almost never framed in this way. This contrast is striking because the issues involved in reducing the deficit or debt have little direct relevance to distribution between generations, whereas global warming is almost entirely a question of distribution between generations. Continue lendo