Updated: Mar 27
The recent Observer interview with eminent climate scientist Michael Mann is chock-full of important ideas. For starters, he makes a strong case for the continuing cyberwar being conducted by Russia against countries considering climate change action, and he talks about the unholy alliance between Rupert Murcoch and Saudi Arabia. It turns out the Saudis are big funders of Murdoch’s News Corporation.
I also like his criticism of the fossil fuel industries’ “deflection campaign.” They try to push the blame for global warming entirely onto the consumer, instead of looking at the structural problems of our economy, with all the ways it's set up to be wasteful, for example. It’s the “Pogo Syndrome” all over again: “We have met the enemy and it is us.” Yes, BP, we do need to monitor our carbon footprint, but we also need deep structural changes to our transportaion, housing, and agricultural systems, et al.
There’s a lot more to the interview, so do have a look: Michael Mann.