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Greens and a tin-opener

Brian Micklethwait writes about last night's BBC Radio 4 programme about the psychology of climate change. Having read the blurb for the show I had decided to give it a miss, and from what Brian has written I was probably right to have done so. Nevertheless, he makes some perceptive points about the problem facing our opponents given that many people have simply concluded that the world is not going to fry:

The elephant in their room is that they have lost this argument, in the sense that they need unanimity [on climate change], but are drifting further and further away from unanimity. They are ignoring this elephant. They are behaving like that economist, stuck on a desert island with various other sorts of experts, who is wondering how to contrive a tin-opener. "Let's assume we have a tin-opener." This won't work.

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Rick Bradford
"'They absolutely need the environment to be on the verge of catastrophe; just as they need victims for whom they can champion so that they can keep this image of themselves as being heroic, compassionate, champions of the oppressed (including the oppressed planet).'"

The Left has a deeply ambiguous view of the victims it privileges. They are so 'championed' and fawned over because they are already in the submissive position the Left wish the rest of us to be in.

Feb 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter S

Brent Hargreaves

They asked a question I used to ask of people: "If you believe in global warming, then what actual practical steps have you personally taken to counteract it?"

The funny thing is this very day I was walking through town and some clown of a reporter stuck a microphone in my face and asked almost the exact same question.

My response, which I doubt will be broadcast was: "Don't piss into the wind."

It is good advice, regardless. But somehow not what he was expecting. I could guess as I saw the look in his eyes.

Perhaps Josh could use the idea. It is much more effective than "Piss off". Of that I am certain.

Feb 11, 2011 at 11:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

Cognitive dissonance.

"I couldn't stand the stress of listening..."

"You're right Dougie, I didn't watch either. I simply can't risk getting furiously angry at my age.."

"Frustrating to listen to..."

These people have it (CD) I would say. They short circuited and left before fully understanding.

Best comment from someone with cojone and says it all:

"I just finished listening the program, and it is better than we thought. Even though it gives the full floor to CAGW advocates, none of them come across as persuasive.

I also learned a new word today: 'eco-psychology'."

To the rest - get out of the kitchen.

This show was bread and butter and more for real thinkers.

The fact that our national broadcaster only interviewed propagandists for "one side" should be noted.

It does not need to be debated what "the truth was"

Look who were asked to talk in this show and stop scurring like tiny mice away from listening and learning more.

WWF, Futerra and a lottery funded Sterling organisation were prominent.

I loved the Sterling woman sayin that the Ethiopean 0.08 ton Carbon usage was a target to attain.

It was a rich mine to find. The guy who clearly was lying about "pollution" to get attention about climate change was obviously vaguely seen as a bit wrong by the presenter, but the presenter soon dropped the subject after the plattitudes kept piling on.

The program actually is pathological in the extreme and should be known as so.

Feb 12, 2011 at 12:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve2

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