“Climate change isn’t like, say, an election. There’s a campaign running up to an election, and, by definition, whoever wins that election, won. That’s it.
But this isn’t like that. This is an attack on the science – and that doesn’t actually change the truth.
The climate will change as the climate changes, irrespective of whether the sceptics win the public relations battle. Winning that battle doesn’t change the trajectory of the Earth’s climate. It doesn’t change how rainfall and temperature and everything else will change as a consequence of global warming.
So, by winning, they win a battle such that we all lose a war. It’s not like politics, where if they win the battle they win the war: in climate, if the sceptics win, everybody else loses. And I think that’s reprehensible.”
– Professor Andy Pitman, Climate Scientist, University of New South Wales.
Although I agree 100% with the sentiment, Professor Pitman, the pendant* in me won’t let it lie: it’s not ‘everybody else‘ who loses, it’s everybody, ie including the climate change deniers, who loses. And as it’s arguably our way of life that’s at stake here, there isn’t even the benefit of some decent schadenfreude.
See the entire BBC programme here on the Climate Crocks website: Meet the climate sceptics – a film by Rupert Murray.
* Pendant, n. One who, by correcting others, gives himself (or herself) just enough rope by which to hang.