Magazine November 19, 2015, Issue

Climate Coercion

(Roman Genn)

Predicting catastrophe is a lucrative business. By doing so, the big environmental groups, such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Sierra Club, have grown into leviathans with annual budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars. They stir up a media frenzy about present or future harm (population, pesticides, famine, acid rain, sperm counts, the ozone layer, and so on); get their most articulate spokespeople on television, preferably with a celebrity or a gimmick involving rappelling; and sit back and watch the dollars roll in.

What is different about the present climate scare is twofold.

First,

Matt Ridley — Mr. Ridley is the author of How Innovation Works, and Why It Flourishes in Freedom, published in 2020. He is a biologist, newspaper columnist, and member of the House of Lords in the U.K.

In This Issue

Features

Politics & Policy

The Apology Policy

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Politics & Policy

Climate Coercion

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Politics & Policy

The Twitter Trap

Stop me if you’ve heard this story: A die-hard progressive living in a liberal enclave (usually when this story is told, it’s about the late New Yorker film critic Pauline ...
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Fusionism, Then and Now

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