2018-11-05 20:18:11 UTC
When it comes to climate denial, the No. 1 scientist who is accused
of pretty much everything that you can possibly be accused of is Mike
Mann, who is accused of single-handedly getting the worlds
governments to commit billions of dollars to this hoax, Lewandowsky
says. [It] is entirely consistent with what conspiracy theorists
always do, which is to say they identify a few people who are targets.
And then they say they are so powerful that everything in the world is
driven through these few.
Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann is familiar with the
phenomenon, having been the subject of decades of attacks that reached
a critical point when climate scientists emails were hacked and
dumped on the web in 2009, feeding a media frenzy that gave undue
weight to conspiracy theories. Around that time he was named alongside
other experts on a neo-Nazi website, Stormfront.
The same hatred and conspiratorial ideation that is that the center
of Trumpism also underlies the poisonous atmosphere that pervades the
public discourse when it come to the issue of climate change, Mann
wrote in an email. He has described the harassment he faced in more
detail in his book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, explaining
an envelope of white powder he received and the flood of hate mail and
death threats charging him with orchestrating a global hoax.
NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt has also long been on the receiving
end of both anti-Semitic and climate change denier hate mail and
emails, sharing some of his experiences on his Twitter feed. Social
media has amplified and provided a platform for toxic harassment, but
Im not seeing a commensurate rise in climate denial, he wrote in an
email. If anything its the other way: the denialist positions in
prominent speakers are moving towards acceptance of the science not
all the way of course while still pushing back on solutions. And the
out-and-out denial is not getting the audience it did.
This is part of a larger article
Tom Steyer and the link between hate groups and climate denial
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