Here’s a few choice quotes from Michael Mann’s new book: The New Climate War:
P2 Joined by billionaire plutocrats like the Koch brothers, the Mercers, the Scaifes, companies such as ExxonMobil funneled billions of dollars into a disinformation campaign beginning in the late 1980s, working to discredit the science behind human-caused climate change and its linkage with fossil-fuel burning.
P3 Decades later, thanks to that campaign, we are now witnessing the devastating effects of unchecked climate change. We see them played out in the daily news cycle, on our television screens, in our newspaper headlines, and in our social media feeds. Coastal inundation, withering heat waves and droughts, devastating floods, raging wildfires: this is the face of dangerous climate change. It’s a face that we increasingly recognise.
You’ll note a couple of unreferenced lies already: The “billions” only exist in a paper by Brulle that added up all the money the Kochs etc. give to all the projects they fund, anytime on any subject. Bezos & co., on the other hand, do give billions. The claim that we can see devastating effects of unchecked climate change on social media feeds could do with fact checking by those same social media.
But Mann only really gets into his stride on page 4:
Using online bots and trolls, manipulating social media and Internet search engines, the enemy has deployed the sort of cyber-weaponry honed during the 2016 US presidential election. They are the same tactics that gave us a climate-change-denying US president in Donald Trump. Malice, hatred, jealousy, fear, rage, bigotry, all of the most base, reptilian brain impulses – corporate polluters and their allies have waged a campaign to tap into all of that seeking to sow division within the climate movement while generating fear and outrage on the part of their “base” – the disaffected right.
I’ll keep adding to this as and when I can, so all you reptilian-brained bots and trolls can copy and paste and continue the good work of sowing division. And don’t forget to add a dose of malice, hatred, jealousy, fear, rage, and bigotry.
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P5 The enemy is also employing PSYOP inits war on climate action. It has promoted the narrative that climate-change impacts will be mild, innocuous, and easily adapted to. Undermining any sense of urgency, while at the same time promoting the inevitability of climate change to dampen any sense of agency. This effort has been aided and abetted by individuals who are ostensibly climate champions but have portrayed catastrophe as a fait accompli, either by overstating the damage to which we are already committed, by dismissing the possibility of mobilising the action necessary to avert disaster, or by setting the standard so high (say, the very overthrow of market economics itself, that old chestnut) that any action seems doomed to failure. The enemy has been more than happy to amplify such notions.
So there’s not only a rightwing enemy without funded by billionaire plutocrats, but also an enemy within which seeks to overthrow market economics. It’s looking bad.
But all is not lost. In this book, I aim to debunk false narratives that have derailed attempts to curb climate change and arm readers with a real path forward to preserving our planet. Our civilisation can be saved, but only if we learn to recognise the current tactics of the enemy – that is, the forces of inaction – and how to combat them.
With all this talk of “enemies” and “combat,” isn’t Mann laying himself open to charges of inciting insurrection?
My decades on the front lines of the battled to communicate the science of climate change and its implications have provided me with some unique insights. The “hockey stick” was the name that was given to a curve my colleagues and I published in 1998 demonstrating the steep uptick in planetary temperatures over the past century. The graph achieved iconic status in the climate-change debate because it told a simple story, namely, that we were causing unprecedented warming of the planet by burning fossil fuels and pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Decades later, the hockey-stick curve is still attacked despite the many studies that have not only reaffirmed but extended our findings. Why? Because it remains a threat to vested interests.
The attacks on the hockey stick in the late 1990s drew me – then a young scientist – into the fray. In the process of defending myself and my work from politically motivated attacks, I became a reluctant and involuntary combatant in the climate wars. I’ve seen the enemy up close, in battle, for two decades now. I know how it operates and what tactics it uses. And I’ve been monitoring the dramatic shifts in those tactics over the past few years in response to the changing nature of the battlefield. I have adapted to those shifting tactics, changing how I engage the public and policymakers in my own efforts to inform and impact the public discourse. It is …
That’s all from the introduction on Amazon. On to “Chapter 1: The Architects of Misinformation and Misdirection.”
Imagine if this had been obtained by a hacker from private emails! Imagine revealing the inner workings of the tortured mind of an individual convinced he’s been under attack from all sides, on ever changing battlefields, for over twenty years. Private Mann surely deserves some furlough on compassionate grounds.