Rick Bradford wrote:
A phrase like ....
... arguments against man-made global warming and to try to understand the people who are making them ...
Yes, they really have got a nerve, haven't they?
They pretend that, with the science settled, all that's left to do is analyse the mental sickness of those who obdurately persist in thinking for themselves. It's just another poncey ad hominem
. What a pity all that ingenuity could not be devoted to something useful.
I know we Brits are famed for our conversational prowess on the subject of the weather, but lately this has got completely out of hand.
Incidentally, I switched on Radio 4 last Saturday for the first time in over a year, thinking to hear some innocuous stuff on Money Box
about the ongoing subversion by our elites of our personal solvencies. Imagine my surprise to find Mr Monbiot being interviewed about solar panels. (I hadn't encountered him since that time he explained geology to Professor Ian Plimer -- a tempestuous subject, judging by Mr Monbiot's firmly didactic demeanour during that particular exchange.) Somewhat later in this fascinating item, somebody remarked that there was concern that only middle-class people would be able to afford the capital outlay which is a prerequisite for the rich pickings which supposedly accrue. There was also concern that people who lived in flats wouldn't be able to participate because they didn't own a rooftop. Happily, someone else explained that poor people would still be benefitting because local councils are installing such apparatus with great enthusiasm.
And there was I thinking I was paying all that money just to get my bin emptied.
I had to switch the radio off after a few minutes. I couldn't stand it any longer.