Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Live Earth Nonsense

A few days after that jamboree of dumbness called Live Earth (and what the f*** is Auntie doing giving all that free air time to political interest groups for their propaganda purposes anyway?) Dominic Lawson writes an excellent column exposing the enviro-mentalists for the misanthropic extremists that they are. Naturally, the Green lobby doesn't like any emphasis on its population-control policies, preferring public focus on cuddlier stuff like climate change but its always lurking somewhere in the small print.
The well-funded Green lobby has got too big for its boots. Its spokespeople arrogantly refuse to debate critics and scientists who challenge Green doctrine find themselves threatened or hauled before creepy sounding committees on scientific dishonesty.
This is obviously disgraceful but how has it come to this? One answer is that with some honourable exceptions the Fourth Estate has not been doing its job. The Green lobby has had a ridiculously easy press for years. Hacks who should treat it with the same caution they would any other political movement have instead given it the kid-glove treatment, possibly because they naively view it as a 'good cause'. It isn't surprising - large Green pressure groups bask in charitable status with all the public goodwill that accrues from that - but it isn't good enough.
My suggestion: farm environmental stories out to financial journalists. Finance hacks who routinely have to check claims against results are used not to taking things at face value. After all, it was Lawson senior - who began his career on Fleet Street as a financial hack - who memorably critiqued The Stern Report as 'fraudulent'.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OPT are back in business according to the Guardian

7/11/2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Yes, indeed. I was aware of it.

7/14/2007 5:27 AM  
Blogger voltaires said...

Yes, amazing how the hugely overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed scientific research backs up global warming. Even more amazing how the opposition to it is led by the American Enterprise Institute, Peter Hitchens, Nigel Lawson and the RCP.

Hmmm. Credibility gap, much?

7/14/2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Nigel Lawson et al don't oppose peer-reviewed research, Veep. I think you'll find that opposition to academic freedom comes from the Green lobby. As I pointed out in my blog post, the increasingly aggressive Green lobby has racked up quite a track record of threatening academics, defaming critics and blatant attempts at shutting down legitimate democratic debate.
It also has quite a track record in scaremongering. Remember the hysteria about acid rain in the 1980s?

7/16/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger voltaires said...

The "Green Lobby" is 99% plus of peer reviewed science. The opposition to it is Nigel Lawson, the RCP and Peter Hitchens.

Like I said, credibility gap.

8/13/2007 4:14 PM  

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