Around a quarter of Americans believe in creationism and only around 4 in 10 believe in evolution according to a recent poll. The percentage of outright creationists in the US is about the same as the % of people here who think climate change is not driven by human activity.
Rather coincidentally this week’s Economist has front-paged a special report on what to do about climate change. I for one am glad the leftwing conspiracy has managed to ensnare it and most of the western world’s media. The Left, to its credit, is broadly united on the issue.
Right-whingers on the other hand are hilariously all over the place. Climate change is very likely to become David Cameron’s crippling wedge issue like Europe. He faces a grassroots full of fools who trot out arguments like the widely ridiculed ‘global cooling‘ myth in support of their cause. I say: rather than get angry we should laugh and encourage them. Let them push climate change denialism. When Cameron gets into power and talks to some serious scientists he’ll realise how stupid his followers are. Then the split will happen.
I mean, you have to laugh when the editor of a magazine (Spectator) who was very recently pushing AIDS denialism now trying to grab the high moral ground. The high priestess of climate denialism – Melanie Phillips – is now attacking the BBC for being anti-science on CC! This from the woman widely ridiculed over MMR! Enough said.
Why are right-whingers so obsessed with climate denialism? Simple. Most of the debate has been driven by environmental organisations and lefties for decades, while most of the denialism has been led by big corporations funding front-groups and thinktanks to save their own skin. Naturally, right-whingers would rather ignore the science and be persuaded by corporations than accept lefties are on the rational side of the argument.
|Post to del.icio.us|
Filed in: Environmentalism,Media