I entered Richard Black’s 'Denied' prepared for a domestic account of a truly global — though globally shrinking — phenomenon. In the special case of the UK, climate change denial, or ‘contrarianism’ as Black charitably interprets it, has enjoyed an influence far beyond its shores: for Brit news media has “global reach and respect” (and not just in the “White Dominions”).
Not only does Black keep you entertained and informed throughout, he makes what should seem like a niche topic remarkably relatable. And wittily at that.
We all know of that old, white, conservative male — be it within our household or amongst or colleagues — who simply can't accept what the proposed solutions to global warming mean for their ideology. But Black's beef isn’t with all old, white, conservative males; his is with those who wield (enviable) political power and (undue) public-facing influence. He pulls the curtains clean off the railing as he reveals, systematically, the terrifying extent of the blatant disinformation, cherry picking and doubt mongering activities of these well-resourced (and usually well-heeled) few. At times, it’s as if he’s talking directly to these men (they're always men): “So — insist that modern-day climate change has a ‘natural’ cause, if you want — but the evidence is completely against you.” So who exactly is he talking to? I think of them, somewhat affectionately, as the ‘GWPF folk’: they are the Matt Ridley’s, the Nigel Lawson's, the James Delingpole’s and the Christopher Booker’s of this world — and over the last decade, they’ve had an enormous influence on the climate change dialogue beyond anything your standard journalist could ever wish for.
It's a story of perverse vindication that had to be told. And told it was, by a true wordsmith.
I might also add: If you're in need of an expert recap or introduction to the stakes and science of climate change, this is the book for you. Tucked between the contrarian rabbit-holes, myth busting and methodological dismantling, lie the simple, undeniable, brutal facts of human-induced climate change. They, maybe even more than Black's arguments, are why the men of the climate contrarian world have well and truly been denied.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5978 KB
- Print Length: 343 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1912119951
- Publisher: The Real Press (16 Nov. 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07K6RFR1N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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