I’ve been blogging on climate for several years now.
Sometimes intensely, while at other times I need a break. The length of such breaks can depend on my personal commitments, inclination and – to be honest – despair with the level of debate. Thus I really appreciate those readers who have been patient with my erratic publishing schedule.
I’m now at the point where I feel simply cataloging the errors of the denial movement is a waste of time. I began this project thinking that the presentation of facts would correct people’s misunderstandings of the science (the information deficit theory). Of course, we all know facts have nothing to do with ones acceptance or rejection of the science. A persons values and world view have a far more persuasive effect.
Honestly, how many more times can one say “X said Y, here is fact Z that disproves that…”
The denial movement has proven itself immune to facts, having adopted the strategy of the “great big lie”.
Really, all they do is repeat the line “the climate is not changing” over, and over until a sufficient number of people believe them. Cynical? Of course. Effective? Very much.
I’ve also found that new sites such as The Conversation are producing some brilliant analysis of the denial movement and the politics of climate change. So, rather than simply regurgitating the same talking points, I’ve decided to make this a far more enjoyable exercise for myself and readers.
I’d prefer “Watching the deniers” to be different to other blogs and sites.
So the tone of my posts will become far more satirical… and maybe a little more snarky. Nor will I spare either side of the debate: no one is immune from pontificating or making fundamental errors of fact or strategies. Yesterday’s post on the ABC’s woeful “I can change your mind on climate” should be proof of my non-alignment.
I pride myself on being independent: it may surprise the “deniers” out there but I’m not of the radical left. Nor am I associated with any political party. I’ve stated again and again I’m neither against markets or technology. I rather like civilisation… it gives me things like iPads and the internet.
Accepting the science does make you left-wing.
It makes you pro-science.
Yesterday’s post is indicative of what to expect. Some of you may enjoy the change, will others will find it less far less serious and journalistic. I may take a while to find the right balance, but I’m happy to experiment with content and tone.
Top be frank, I think we could all do with a few laughs. Thus I’ll be mixing science with satire…
Hope you enjoy.