Academic arrogance

MOST PEOPLE of my acquaintance consider me to be relatively even-tempered, capable (most of the time at least) of reasoned argument and prepared to listen to other points of view without brushing them off as the ravings of lunatics or the fact-free ramblings of those who have decided to park their brains and rely on others to do their thinking for them.

I confess I tend to make an exception in the latter instance for those whose support for the more outré views on climate suggests that either their brains have turned to soup or that they are simply too bone-idle to make use of the intelligence with which they were endowed. Allegedly. I suspect that, also in this instance, the feeling is mutual.

Readers of the random postings on this blog, if there are any, will know that one theme that has been fairly constant since the early days has been the effect to which the putative “cures” for climate change bear most heavily on the poor. Most of those that I meet in the real world and on-line whose view of climate science is similar to mine (yes, the climate has been getting warmer but not so much recently; yes, it would be surprising if mankind didn’t have something to do with it; no, it is not going to be catastrophic) tend to agree with me on that subject also.

This is not some new fad on our part. Many of us have been involved in one way or another in working for or contributing to those organisations who are out in the field (or the desert or the jungle) trying to make some small difference to the well-being of people that our governments seem determined to ignore while the NGOs who claim to be working on their behalf  become increasingly concerned with polishing their CVs, treading the corridors of power and being seen at annual climate gabfests.

(If you are serious about the world’s poor, especially in Africa, then I suggest you might like to donate your spare coppers to Mercy Ships, Mary’s Meals, or Water Aid. Let Oxfam. SCF, and CAFOD whistle until they can prove that they’re in the business of aid not politics.

We have also at various times and in various ways done our small best to counteract the dubious mantra that it is climate change itself, rather than the expensively wasteful expenditure called for by such meaningless “accords” as Kyoto that is the biggest threat to the poor of the world.

If you want to see what I have written (and I mean every word of it) you can go and take a look hereherehere, and not least here and here.

After that you might like to go and take a look at this blog by Robert Wilson.

I don’t know anything about Wilson, except that he is some sort of academic and judging from this quote I’m not surprised.:

Concern for the poor, you see, is something that simply oozes out of the hearts of right-wing climate change deniers/skeptics /lukewarmers.. That is when they are talking about climate change.

It appears that Steve Milloy at Junk Science has upset him but knowing how precious academics can be I doubt that required much effort. I wonder if he knows what it is to be poor or whether he has any genuine concern for those in the “developed” world and elsewhere living at or close to the poverty line or who, thanks to the insane policies of western governments are dying before their time because they cannot afford to heat their homes. Or whether he is in favour of diverting large sums of money that could be spent on clean water, agriculture and cheap reliable energy into the pockets of dictators (because that is where much of the aid money he claims we “deniers” would like to put a stop to ends up) or closer to home into the bank accounts of already wealthy landowners.

And whether he actually knows anyone outside the tight little group-think circle of climateers to tell him how stupid that comment really is.

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2 Responses to Academic arrogance

  1. mike fowle says:

    Always enjoy your sensible comments at Bishop Hill, Mike, and pleased to see your post here (even if catching up rather belatedly).

  2. Mike Jackson says:

    Always a pleasure to have visitors. Shame I don’t come myself as often as I should!

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