Matt Ridley: Never experienced anything like this — the climate debate ‘blackening’

Matt Ridley (Photo: TEDx via Flickr)

Matt Ridley is about as gentlemanly, polite and sane a man as you’ve ever likely to meet — which is exactly why the (climate) mob are so afraid of letting him speak.

Ridley even agrees that humans have caused most of the warming in the last fifty years (I shall have to talk to him about that). But this middle position is a potent threat. He’s walking the very ground that threatens the Green Blob — there are no subsidy trains in the middle land.

There’s no urgency, no gravy, and yet it’s so temptingly sensible, which is why the minions work hard to silence him. He can’t be ignored as “fringe”:

The National Review — Julie Kelly:

While most reasonable people would agree with his logical and hopeful approach to potential global catastrophe, the irrational pessimists leading the international climate-change crusade consider it heresy.

Many have smeared Viscount Matt Ridley, who is also a Conservative-party member of the House of Lords, as a climate “denier” and targeted him for professional destruction.

“I’ve written about many controversial issues during my career,” Ridley said. “Never, have I ever experienced anything like what happens when you write about climate, which is a systematic and organized attempt to blacken your name rather than your arguments and to try to pressure any outlet that publishes me into not publishing me anymore.”

A group of activists and scientists is urging the Times(U.K.) to stop publishing a regular column authored by Ridley because his views often challenge the climate tribe’s reigning dogma.

Fortunately, none of this seems to have dampened Ridley’s good humor or self-effacing manner. Quite to the contrary: This rational optimist is now talking about the benefits of rising carbon dioxide emissions.

In a speech last year at the Royal Society of London, Ridley presented the evidence on global greening, which is the spread of green vegetation around the world over the past 30 years. It is called the “CO2 fertilization effect” and is caused by elevated carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

In a normal scientific debate, there would be a normal distribution of opinions — with most minds walking the middle ground where Matt is. It’s only tribal politics and rampant bullying that can keep opinions split in a U-shape distribution with most “players” either completely for or completely against an idea. And this is what Ridley is experiencing.

One of those groups must be wrong. Perhaps both. But the U-shape polarized opinion state takes a lot of effort to maintain. There is high-speed-spin, and buckets of money required to centrifuge the minds out of the middle.

Skeptics are not the ones fighting to silence voices.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Heaven forbid! 50/50 is no consensus. Gore is infallible. Mein gott, stop making sense.
    Why wouldn’t the Warmists admit that more CO2 could create both winners and losers ? Because there wouldn’t be a crisis to exploit.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Al Bore makes much much money selling his Snake Oil(Global Warming/Climate Change)to the suckers just becuase he won a undeserved Oscar for his Fake Film and his junk science books and to those fools who like to hear his idiotic poem

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    Amber

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    The scary global warmies picked the wrong thing to be the big scary . As Mr. Ridley has stated Co2 is plant food and the earth is greening which satellite photos prove . Unlike some pathetic hockey stick art work that was DOA years ago .
    We should celebrate global warming and the fact the Hollywood actors won’t have to move there beach furniture more than an inch every 10- 20 years . On the other hand the politicians need to find higher value use for the $Billions being pumped into an overblown scam .

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    Guy Moosburger

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    One of the flaws I find is climate alarmists focus on the last 50 – 150 years. Looking at the temperatures for the last 3000 years shows a steady decline. If anything we are slipping into an ice age.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Back in the 1970’s we were suppost to be getting the opitsit Global Cooling and a New Ice Age was coming its just back then Al Bore and Leonardo DiCaprio was not around shooting off their pieholes and producing Hot Air and Hypocricy

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