Monbiot.com The Unpersuadables
In this article Monbiot goes on an uncharacteristically unfocused ramble in complaint about the apparently growing trend of AGW denial in Anglophone societies.
Does he not realise that most of the public do not know very much about "climategate" controversy, or about climate change and policy in general? I suggest that the principal reason for this trend is the heavy snowfalls in Europe and America this winter.There is one question that no one who denies manmade climate change wants to answer: what would it take to persuade you? In most cases the answer seems to be nothing. No level of evidence can shake the growing belief that climate science is a giant conspiracy codded up by boffins and governments to tax and control us. The new study by the Met Office, which paints an even grimmer picture than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(1), will do nothing to change this view.
The attack on climate scientists is now widening to an all-out war on science. Writing recently for the Telegraph, the columnist Gerald Warner dismissed scientists as “white-coated prima donnas and narcissists … pointy-heads in lab coats [who] have reassumed the role of mad cranks … The public is no longer in awe of scientists. Like squabbling evangelical churches in the 19th century, they can form as many schismatic sects as they like, nobody is listening to them any more.”
Perhaps we have to accept that there is no simple solution to public disbelief in science. The battle over climate change suggests that the more clearly you spell the problem out, the more you turn people away. If they don’t want to know, nothing and no one will reach them. There goes my life’s work.
If we were to have a scorching summer, the polls would go the other way and Monbiot would be thinking that his strategies are working.
The real battle in climate politics is not between AGW proponents and sceptics. It's between those who prescribe profitable but unworkable "solutions" to the problem and those who promote solutions that are in the interests of the majority of the world, not a wealthy western minority. Monbiot knows all about these and he should understand this.