Is this Monbiot\’s mid life crisis I see before me?

I think it is you know.

It\’s either that or we\’re gearing up for a full blown Hitchens moment.

Failing to provide sources, refuting data with anecdote, cherry-picking studies, scorning the scientific consensus, invoking a cover-up to explain it: all this is horribly familiar. These are the habits of climate-change deniers, against which the green movement has struggled valiantly, calling science to its aid. It is distressing to discover that when the facts don\’t suit them, members of this movement resort to the follies they have denounced.

We have a duty to base our judgments on the best available information. This is not only because we owe it to other people to represent the issues fairly, but also because we owe it to ourselves not to squander our lives on fairytales. A great wrong has been done by this movement. We must put it right.

And when the glorious day arrives and he starts to understand economics?

We might make a classical liberal out of him yet….

14 thoughts on “Is this Monbiot\’s mid life crisis I see before me?”

  1. Classic tactic from the Left – present a heap of references as ‘evidence’, knowing that 99.99% of people will never check them.

    The Hiroshima and Nagasaki references are the killer – if radiation was as dangerous as the Greens insist, southern Japan would be a giant freakshow.

  2. Monbiot has, I hope, some distance to travel. He seems to be under the impression that the pro AGW crowd never do anything he accuses the antis of.

  3. Falco – patience, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. George is going on a voyage of discovery, and we don’t want to discourage him!

  4. Reading that quote, for one glorious moment I thought Moonbat had seen the light, Then came, “These are the habits of climate-change deniers”. The age-old Lefty tactic of saddling the opposition with one’s own faults.

  5. “He seems to be under the impression that the pro AGW crowd never do anything he accuses the antis of.”

    I can understand not reading the linked article, but you could at least read the excerpt.

    “It is distressing to discover that when the facts don’t suit them, members of this movement resort to the follies they have denounced.”

  6. @ Matthew: I did read the article and in context it seemed to me that what Monbiot meant by “members of this movement” was only the anti nuke lot. If that’s not the case then all well and good but I doubt it.

  7. One must however live in hope. St. Paul had his moment on the road to Damascus.

    George will have his moment on the road to Wales.

    In his case, it will be headlights from an on-coming car, but hey, if it illuminates him….

  8. I’ll believe it when I see it. He accuses skeptics of cherry picking, etc, but if you look at the careful analysis of AGW theories by most “skeptics” – a good example being Lomborg or Nigel Lawson or “Bishop Hill” – there is no comparison. These men have not resorted to name-calling, rudeness, attacks on their opponents’ good faith, etc. Of course, some skeptics have been silly, but considering the weight of money and government power behind the alarmists, this is perhaps forgivable.

    Monbiot also is steeped in a deeply pessimistic philosophy; he wrote a particularly aggressive piece about Matt Ridley’s recent book, for instance. He has a lot of learning to do, and he also needs to take a long, good look in the mirror.

  9. Ok, he was trying to look like he was seriously considering, looking at the evidence, and so on.

    But it wasn’t clear within 5 seconds that Caldicott is a kook? I thought everyone knew that.

  10. Yeah, well Tyler , we’ll see how he goes when the loony Left really get stuck into the apostate. He’s always had the comforting warm bath of consensus to fall back on. Hitchens, in a different context, weathered it, but he’s a contrary son of a bitch.

    But yes I find it a little bit scary to be reading Monbiot and thinking “yep, that makes sense”. There must be something wrong with the world.

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