DISSENTING VIEWS

Politicised culture wars have been raging for many years pitching those who oppose against those who promote: consumerist values, capitalism, the view that climate disruption is largely anthropogenic; economic growth; and so on. Stephen Murgatroyd is a blogger based in Alberta, Canada who has long been sceptical about what he characterises as ”the religion of climate change”. In this blog he questions our faith in science, scientists, experts in general and the IPCC in particular. He concludes a widely-sourced essay with:

Climate change is occurring, but we don’t fully understand the complexities of climate or how the changes are occurring. The earth is not warming, the sea level rises are within normal limits, yet the belief that the evidence is all pointing to catastrophe remains strong. C02 continues to rise, but the global surface temperature is stable – a challenge to the theory of anthropogenic global warming. Extreme weather events are known not to be directly connected to CO2, but the belief that they are persists, even amongst experts. A social psychological explanation of these beliefs and behaviours is needed.

In this subsequent blog Murgatroyd elaborates on why climate change and poverty are both ‘wicked problems’ and why too many people treat them as ‘tame problems’.

Climate change deniers in the wake of the UK Brexit vote (June 2016) have coined the term ”Clexit’ as a tag for their campaign to denounce anthropogenic global warming as an anti-fossil fuel and anti-economic growth conspiracy. This article outlines their case before critically opposing it.

Johan Norberg of the Cato Instititute (a free market think tank) has become a libertarian free market voice for optimism and a critic of doomsayers. His famous book is called “Progress” and he is interviewed here.

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