“Local weather change deniers are as slippery as those that justified the slave commerce” – Watts Up With That?
Guest contribution by Eric Worrall
The Guardian outdoes itself and resorted to ridiculous exaggeration to try to worry us.
The climate change deniers are as slippery as those who justified the slave trade
Sun 5th Sep 2021 04.00 AEST
Global warming skeptics should hide in corners. But still some defend the untenable
Nobody seems as defeated as the global warming “deniers” who dominated right-wing thinking a decade ago. Like late eighteenth-century opponents of the abolition of the slave trade, Lord Lawson and the claw of the conservative weirdos that filled the comment pages of the Tory press are remembered today as dangerous fools if they are remembered at all.
The billions of dollars the fossil fuel industry has spent on propaganda and its acceptance by ignorant elements on the right has caused incalculable damage. You might have followed Margaret Thatcher, who warned in 1989 about C02 emissions that would lead to climate change that is “more fundamental and widespread than anything we know before”. The desire of business to protect profits, and the vanity of politicians and experts who saw themselves as dissidents fighting consensus rather than fanatics making destruction possible, helped waste two decades of precious time.
Every argument they made has been refuted, both by daily living experience and by science. Journalists are advised: “If one says it is raining and another says it is dry, it is not your job to quote both of them. Your job is to look out the window and find out what’s true. ”All the world had to do was look at the weather outside to know who was trying to fool it.
It’s not hard to compare. One day the attack on climate science will be as shocking as the defense of human bondage. Actually, that day should have been over long ago. They are mostly old men or, in Lawson’s case, a very old man. You grew up in a 20th century when the carbon economy was a given: the way the world was and always would be. Slavery was a matter of course for the plantation owners and slave traders in Georgian Britain. It had always existed, all over the world.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/04/climate-change-deniers-are-as-slippery-as-those-who-justified-the-slave-trade
What I find entertaining about Blowhards like Nick Cohen is that, according to the Guardian image above, he’s obviously completely surrounded and dependent on the products of a fossil fuel civilization.
Nick walks on streets and sidewalks made of asphalt or asphalt, a form of long-chain polymer plastic made from crude oil (pictured above), likely heats his house in the winter as you guessed it, and eats foods made from fossil fuels powered vehicles are transported to refrigerated supermarket shelves made of plastic, glass and metal, whose temperature and humidity-controlled room climate is only possible thanks to the quality of fossil fuels.
The walking stick you use Nick doesn’t look like a stick you picked up on the side of the road. Plastic? Aluminum? Lacquered, kiln-dried wood, smoothed out in a fossil-fuel lathe? I bet there is a rubber or metal foot on the bottom of your stick, rubber that has been vulcanized in a fossil fuel-heated mill, with sulfur obtained from the refining of crude oil, or maybe a steel tip that is made in a blast furnace gas was made from ore mixed with coal or natural gas, rolled into a large sheet metal and then pressed into shape with heavy machinery.
The clothes Nick wears don’t look like home-spun wool. I suspect machine-woven cotton, wool and possibly synthetics that make these high-quality business shirts with their beautiful plastic sheen so shiny and wrinkle-free. Take a close look at the buttons on your Nick shirt, wonder what they’re made of.
And I’m pretty sure you didn’t write your Guardian article on Roman papyrus using a bird’s quill dipped in oak gall ink. Even if you did it contrary to expectation, the people who digitally published your article and maintain the Guardian website certainly used a lot of high-tech fossil fuel plastic, silicon, and refined metal, not to mention fossil fuel electricity, to keep your web server running 24/7.
All I see is absurd when Nick declares that the age of fossil fuels is over.
It would all be just funny if only Guardian writer Nick Cohen suffered from this delusion.