“Climate Porn” Producers Put on Notice in UK

by Val Germann

For many years this writer has been a member of a small group of academic types who meet on a semi-regular basis to have a refreshment or two and discuss the kinds of things that academic types discuss. Several years ago I asked this group to guess who would in the end be blamed for things like Global Warming and Climate Change. They picked up on it quickly and someone answered: “The environmentalists!” And I said, “You got it!”

Fast-forward to an article that appeared on the SPACE DAILY website the other day, reporting that a “think tank” in England was starting the very process I was speaking of years ago: blaming environmentalists for the disasters now becoming more apparent every day. Take a look at this lead paragraph:

Alarmism about global warmin iin Britain is tantamount to “climate porn” as it arouses people without encouraging them to take action, a leading think tank claimed on Thursday.

Oh, yes, this “alarmism” is the problem, allright, and not the millions of dollars (and pounds) spent by the fossil fuel mavens in their decades-long attempt to make the whole issue go away. The public couldn’t have been getting some “confusion” from that, could they? Apparently not since fossil-fuel propaganda is not mentioned in the SPACE DAILY piece. Let’s get some more flavor:

“We suspect that one reason why we spend so much time dwelling on the problem is because it is secretly thrilling, like watching porn or a large car crash,” Simon Retallack, IPPR head of climate change, told AFP.

Well, I suppose that could be true. But it also could be true that the issue is actually IMPORTANT, and that millions upon millions of people, or even all people, everywhere, have a VITAL interest in it, and that is why some people “spend so much time dwelling on the problem.”

While it certainly is true that this last idea could be viewed as “alarmist” is some circles, it would explain a lot, wouldln’t it?

View the entire SPACE DAILY article (originating with the Agence France-Press) here.

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I am a long-time teacher of science and astronomy with a strong interest in resource conservation and the environment.
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