As prominent “sceptics” around the world start acknowledging the reality of climate change, one has to wonder what the future of the denial movement will be.
I can see two possible ways in which the “denial” movement will adapt to the growing acceptance of climate change amongst the public.
The more “mainstream” deniers (i.e. think tanks, journalists and sceptical scientists) will quickly accept the fact and then call for geo-engineering solutions as the “best fix”.
The second approach will be to retreat even further into the fantasy land of denial and conspiracy theories.
Climate change as a WMD?
We can see the first inkling of this in statements made by Russian political scientist Andrei Areshev.
As fires and drought engulfed Russia this year, Areshev speculated they where the result of a “climate change weapon”:
“…As Muscovites suffer record high temperatures this summer, a Russian political scientist has claimed the United States may be using climate-change weapons to alter the temperatures and crop yields of Russia and other Central Asian countries.In a recent article, Andrei Areshev, deputy director of the Strategic Culture Foundation, wrote, “At the moment, climate weapons may be reaching their target capacity and may be used to provoke droughts, erase crops, and induce various anomalous phenomena in certain countries.”The article has been carried by publications throughout Russia, including “International Affairs,” a journal published by the Foreign Ministry and by the state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.”
Just what we need: people in a country with thousands of nuclear weapons thinking they are under attack from the US.
Yeah, that will end well…
From denial to fantasy
Personally, I interpret this as the earliest signs of some denialists retreating even further into the fantasy land of conspiracy theories.
Rather than accept that climate change is the result of human activities – and thus accept their own personal responsibility – they will shift the blame onto an imaginary enemy.
“Sure the scientists may have predicted climate change….” they will say “…that’s because they developed the weapons that causes it!”
Maybe they are right?
Maybe it is the scientists…
Perhaps sharks with head mounted lasers have been warming the oceans.
I mean, what other possible explanation could there be?