Lack of Environment

A blog on the politics and psychology underlying the denial of all our environmental problems

Reality dawns on people ignoring scientists

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I would hereby like to draw together two separate pieces of research published last week:

1. Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility – In One Pie Chart (Desmogblog); and

2. AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming (Associated Press).

debate is over

Need I say more? Sadly, yes, because – with people like Lord Lawson and Benny Peiser influencing the policy of the current Chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne – reality seems no nearer to dawning on the people with the power to change the way things are done.

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  1. But will we see clear leadership from the top nations over this? Don’t hold one’s breath.

    Paul Handover

    17 December 2012 at 00:27

    • Our politicians need to see themselves as public servants, not leaders. Far from leading the people, they are taking us where we do not want to go.

      Martin Lack

      17 December 2012 at 11:19

      • The problem is not so much how they see themselves as how they are seen by those who elect them to their roles, and then, election excitement over and responsibility shucked off, walk away from ‘politics’ until the next election. And yes, I’m as much at fault as the next person: it’s another symptom of our badly broken (and yet, it seems, totally unfixable*) political system.

        * Come the revolution, I’ll be there (cheering from the sidelines like the true coward I am…)

        pendantry

        17 December 2012 at 21:59

        • Is “SHucked-off” a word you have invented; a euphemism for a word with an F; or a typing error (e.g. for a word with a CH)?

          Martin Lack

          18 December 2012 at 10:14

        • After hitting the submit* button on that post I did briefly ponder that maybe it would have been better to have talked about ‘abdicating’ responsibility rather than ‘shucking it off’… but I didn’t make the word up: wiktionary agrees with me that ‘to shuck’ can be a verb in the sense in which I used it (although it does talk in terms of shucking off clothing rather than responsibilities). A couple of the other definitions there are interesting (to fool, hoax; a scam) — I wouldn’t use the word in those ways myself, but as a friend of mine is fond of saying: ‘language evolves’ (which is, I’ve always thought, a pity, since it makes it that much more difficult to understand — and be understood by — those of our distant relatives who are separated from us by time).

          Oh, look: the oxford dictionary agrees that one can shuck off as in ‘abandon; get rid of’. So there ya go :)

          * hmm… interesting… in fact in this context the button is actually named ‘Post Comment’, but in many bits of software one does tend to hit buttons labeled ‘submit’, which now has me thinking ‘submit to what?’, and associated crazy thoughts about Cunning Plans by Galactic Overlords to get people used to… submission ;)

          pendantry

          18 December 2012 at 21:37

        • Many thanks for such a thorough and illuminating explanation of your chosen word. :-)

          Martin Lack

          19 December 2012 at 12:45

        • You are most welcome :)

          pendantry

          19 December 2012 at 20:35

  2. Yep… so much for this sham we call ‘democracy’. It’s totally farcical, the way that the media fixates upon the polls during an ‘election’, and yet when there are numbers such as these, they are ignored completely.

    pendantry

    17 December 2012 at 00:30


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