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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, May 24, 2005
    The truth is elsewhere
     


    The truth about climate change and sustainable energy is increasingly hard to find. This month's Mother Jones and this week's New Statesman try explaining why.

    In As the World Burns Bill McKibben describes the Climate of Denial: "One morning in Kyoto, we won a round in the battle against global warming. Then special interests and pseudoscience snatched the truth away"; in Some Like It Hot Chris Mooney describes how "ExxonMobil is spending millions to sustain an echo chamber of global warming denial"; and in Snowed Ross Gelbspan shows why "the "balanced" media would rather promote paid flaks and fantasy than report the biggest story on earth."

    Over here in The Nuclear Charm Offensive Jonathan Leake and Dan Box write, "We are all being taken in by a carefully planned public relations strategy. Its mission: to push nuclear power back on the political agenda, rebranded as the new "green" alternative."

    All this reminds us that it's not only our physical environment which is under threat from powerful energy lobbies: it's our mental environment too.