Oliver Geden‘s bold article on 2C in Nature continues in the line Richard Tol highlighted many months ago: the make-believe world of international climate negotiations is running headlong toward the terrain of the impossible.
As expected, scientivist and activist ‘communities’ wasted no time exploding in disbelief and Scientific American wasted no time collecting the reactions. Here is one of them:
Others, like Tom Burke, founding director of U.K.-based environmental group E3G, dismissed the Nature piece as “an ivory-tower view of life” that focuses on what is being said in academic literature rather than what is happening on the ground …
E3G is a climate activist organization founded by the physicist-turned-diplomat-turned-climate preacher John Ashton. (some of whose Yeats-influenced climate poetry can be seen here).
E3G celebrated its 10th anniversary in existence recently. Here are some pictures:
Here are their sponsors…
Here are their partners…
Here is a full listing of sponsors:
- Climateworks Foundation
- The Energy Foundation
- DECC UK
- Planet Heritage Foundation
- DEFRA UK
- Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
- Stiftung Mercator
- Rockefeller Brothers Fund
- Shell Foundation
- Zennstrom Philanthropies
- The Climate Group
- Climate Strategies
- Barrow Cadbury Trust
- The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
- Ecofin Research Foundation
- Doris Duke Foundation
- The Greens in the European Parliament
- Trust For London
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office UK
- Oak Foundation
- Climate and Development Knowledge Network
- The European Commission
The mind reels at contemplating how Tom Burke of E3G could think anyone to be dwelling in ivory-towers. E3G produces no goods, provides no services and lives on donations – academics do much, much better.
Don’t underestimate E3G though – it has housed or churned out a steady stream of climate activists who are adept in applying pressure on individuals and countries. In their colourful brochures they take credit for everything from the Kyoto Protocol to banning coal-plants in the UK.
There you have it – 2C in a nutshell – people living ivory towers and rooftop champagne-party bubbles, fighting with each other to impose costs on the rest of the world.