A mob gathers Momentum

They don’t like it – when someone gives it to them in the newspapers.

‘How dare the prestige press – which we literally own – print the heresies of the enemy’ – they seem to go. ‘Think about the readership! ‘What thoughts would enter their minds were it our communion be questioned, disrupted?

Here’s Hereward Corley in the Financial Times:

Corley is talking about this article: a somewhat rambling piece about why Extinction Rebellion is different than the countless other environmental movements that have come before.

Stuck in right in the middle is this (emphasis mine):

If the new movement can focus on climate emergency, and not mind whether it is capitalists or communists who find ways to keep fossil fuels in the ground, preserve rainforests, achieve a quantum leap in battery storage, and gear up carbon capture and storage, it deserves to gain a much wider hearing.

You can look at the online mob started by one Andrea Sella in the twitter thread starting with the one below:

Think about it: Corley’s is a letter to an already published article of a few hundred words – it is already a response, to begin with.

But that doesn’t matter. It cannot be allowed to exist.

  • How can the response pass without a response?
  • This is ‘slander’! (do computer models have feelings, and reputations? Who is slandered here?
  • He worked for big (palm) oil (Kees van der Leun seems to have forgotten he works for a renewable energy outfit himself)
https://twitter.com/Sustainable2050/status/1122412882229178368

… and so on and so forth.

If the timing is correct, Andrea Sella’s already dashed off a multi-signatory letter to the Financial Times castigating them for their audacity, their utter nerve.

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the mob whipped itself up into a frenzy and came down hard on the FT that they withdraw Corley’s letter.

I have to say though, I find Hereward’s Corley’s points to be largely correct: computer models are the only instruments that can produce climate projections, they are largely unable to simulate the past (1910-1940 warming, anyone?), warming is good, so is CO2, and Extinction Rebellion -induced policy disasters will only make life for those in developing countries worse. Not just for those in developing countries though.

More reason to suspect the letter won’t survive.

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One comment

  1. Richard Cowley

    https://mothersagainstturbines.com/2019/04/28/renewable-energy-radioactive-trash/?fbclid=IwAR3ELX_n_ctubFNl3BQKoUfjBUOWj_RsD9gtIQ8eVb14qPAA4hwG8IDD4Fk

    On Sun, 28 Apr 2019 at 12:13, Shub Niggurath Climate wrote:

    > Shub Niggurath posted: ” They don’t like it – when someone gives it to > them in the newspapers. ‘How dare the prestige press – which we literally > own – print the heresies of the enemy’ – they seem to go. ‘Think about the > readership! ‘What thoughts would enter their minds were” >

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