Posts tagged ‘Nicholas Stern’

July 6, 2011

Youtube: Climate Change is a left-wing issue

Trolls keep telling me climate change is really a communist plot. And, as usual, they have all the evidence on their side. No, wait…

Click below for a four minute scroll through the mainstream politicians and big business who want action on climate change, followed by wild and provocative speculation on some of the psycho-social dynamics of denialism.


Not sure I’d characterise it as an old white guy thing. Sure, they mostly are old white guys and the dominance of grey haired old wrinkled faces is striking. But as I’m sure you know, it’s all about the values system that these old guys happen to have.
They would also say it’s not about control, they’d characterise it as the opposite – that it’s about small government and reducing the control government has over our lives. Check out this quote from Roy Spencer (which affirms the values basis for climate denial):
“I view my job a little like a legislator, supported by the taxpayer, to protect the interests of the taxpayer and to minimize the role of government.”

May 29, 2011

Adelaide Lecture on Climate Economics, 25 May

Here’s a link to an account of a Public Lecture entitled “Mitigating Climate Change: How and Why the Economists Changed Their Minds,” which was held at the University of Adelaide on Wednesday 25 May.

The meeting was hosted by the Environment Institute, and they have posted both an audio recording and the powerpoint presentation on their website here for free download.