One of the hallmarks of the "Ugly American" is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you're saying if just shout it louder and louder.
The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He exaggerates the challenge of global warming by using ever more hysterical rhetoric, thinking that if the last doomsday prediction didn't work, this one will.
And that's Hawking, a serious scientist (at least in his own field). Journalists, always looking for novelty and drama, can be worse. A recent
To the credit of some journalists and climate scientists, the
That's true. The more you sound like some cowbell-wielding street preacher wearing a sandwich board that says "The End is Nigh!" the more likely people will ignore you. Particularly if your last few terrifying predictions didn't pan out.
But this focus on how using scare tactics doesn't persuade skeptics overlooks another problem. What about the people it does persuade? If you honestly believe that climate change will end all life on earth (it won't) or lead to some dystopian hell where we use the skulls of our former friends and neighbors to collect water droplets from cacti, what policies wouldn't you endorse to stop it?
There's a rich school of journalistic and academic nonsense out there about how democracy may not be up to the job of fighting climate change, and why people who question climate change must be silenced by the state. It's remarkable how many of the people who rightly recoil in horror at the idea of using, say, the war on terror to justify curtailing civil liberties have no such response when someone floats similar ideas for the war on climate change.
The environment editor for the left-wing British newspaper The Guardian,
I found this interestingly dumb. Filipovic is precisely one of those writers you'd expect to go ballistic if some conservative Christian opined about the reproductive choices women should make. But if it's in the name of the environment? Let's wag those fingers, everybody!
I believe, along with the late economist
But if you really want to yoke your reproductive choices to the issue of climate change (a bizarre desire if you ask me), maybe you should have as many kids as possible and educate them in science and engineering so they can come up with a solution.
For instance, did you know America may end up complying with our