… the joke is on the human race …

Quote of the Day — 5 April 2011

“… what we had, instead of high seriousness, was a farce: a supposedly crucial hearing stacked with people who had no business being there and instant ostracism for a climate skeptic who was actually willing to change his mind in the face of evidence. As I said, no surprise: as Upton Sinclair pointed out long ago, it’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

But it’s terrifying to realize that this kind of cynical careerism — for that’s what it is — has probably ensured that we won’t do anything about climate change until catastrophe is already upon us.

So on second thought, I was wrong when I said that the joke was on the G.O.P.; actually, the joke is on the human race.”

— Paul Krugman
— “The Truth, Still Inconvenient
— New York Times


One Response to “… the joke is on the human race …”

  1. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy April 5, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    See SSPP Blog Post: “Apocalypse Averted? What Should the Message Be on Climate Change?”

    “Last week’s blog, on environmentalism and apocalyptic rhetoric, may have left a false impression that dire warnings alone are enough. Such rhetoric can easily backfire, spurring hopelessness and depression.”

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