Cranky like a fox
In this excellent article Mark Hertsgaard unfortunately seems to be enamored with what he thinks is a compelling label to describe climate change deniers and special interest groups as being simple “climate cranks.” Merriam defines “crank” as an “annoying eccentric person…grouch, crackpot, kook, nutcase, screwball.” They are none of the above but act as a powerful, well-financed conspiracy with tens of millions of dollars at their disposal to lobby members of Congress, manipulate public opinion through mainstream media outlets and to control one of our two political parties. Now there is formidable clout that no mere “cranks” are capable of mustering. To think of astute, highly influential power brokers as the billionaire Koch brothers and others like them as “cranks” is not only misleading, it misdefines the true nature of those who are a formidable threat to our environment. The author’s admirable but misdirected initiative to confront them publicly under the banal banner “Confront the Climate Cranks” is not only misdirected, it represents no credible threat.
Feb 9 2011 - 1:26am