A new article in Environmental Communication:
“Beyond Counting Climate Consensus” by Warren Pearce, Reiner Grundmann, Mike Hulme, Sujatha Raman, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw & Judith Tsouvalis,
is discussed in the Guardian, of all places.
It is notable (among other reasons) for citing our own Ben Pile and our number one below the line fan AndthentheresPhysics, as well as Tol, Corner and other familiar names. Authors include sensible sociologist Reiner Grundmann and thoughtful retired climate scientist Mike Hulme. Here’s a short summary of the Abstract (I think I’ve got the gist):
The emphasis on scientific consensus as a persuasive technique in the climate wars risks spoiling the efforts of sensible social scientists such as ourselves to influence the debate. Sooner or later the public will discover that the consensus argument was invented and promoted by a tiny bunch of mad activists (Oreskes, Lewandowsky, Cook etc.) who lied and cheated their way into the peer reviewed literature and imposed an absurd meme on gullible politicians. Someone’s got to call this bunch of mendacious charlatans to account, or it’s all up with the sociology of science. We’ve picked the filth up and flung it as far as we can. Now we’re washing our hands of it.
Lead author Warren Pearce repeats the above argument (more or less) in the Guardian article cited above, going as far as to mention the Guardian’s own comedy team of Abraham and Nuccitelli – “the Gallant 97%”, as they call themselves. According to Pearce, there’s already been a sharp rebuke from the Rockefeller-financed Cook clones at Climate Nexus at their subscribers-only newsletter. To get a flavour of Climate Nexus, see this article, in which 97%ers Doran & Zimmerman are thrown to the wolves in the interest of saving the rest of the team.
This could get interesting.