Sunday, December 18, 2016

Climate scientists expect surges in personal threats from enemies under Trump

Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Penn State, has a front page story in the Washington Post Sunday morning, as he anticipates a surge in death threats since the election of Trump.

Mann is author of “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy,”  from Columbia University Press. 

He sees this as bullying from people who believe they are politically connected and who feel threatened by change, even though that change is necessary for the long term sustainability of our way or life. 
Clean energy and clean technology will probably create more jobs than it displaces, but the people whom it disrupts have some tribal political connection now and cannot easily get back up on their own feet on the short run.

Fareed Zakaria said this morning that the solar industry created twelve times as many jobs in 2016 as the fossil fuels industry -- but not for the same people.  
"Anti-science" is an anti-intellectual attitude associated with tribalism and the need to perceive social effectiveness through old-fashioned connections to others.  

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