Many high-profile global warming skeptics have recently changed their position. We've mentioned Sir David Attenborough
and Michael Shermer
with his "data trumps politics" epiphany, but there are many more
that we haven't written about like Gregg Easterbrook
and John Tierney
. The most remarkable cognitive flip to date must certainly come from Frank Luntz: He is the man who wrote the infamous memo
(see page 7 of the pdf file for the part about global warming) coaching the current US administration on the best ways to confuse the issue and delay action (remember, Luntz, like Philip Cooney
, is not a scientific - he is actually a political pollster). Well, Luntz has told the BBC that he now accepts the scientific consensus on global warming and has changed his position, but that he doesn't feel responsible for what the US government is doing with his advice (Australia, and recently Canada, have also been inspired by these tactics).Full transcript:
Luntz: "It's now 2006. I think most people would conclude that there is global warming taking place and that the behavior of humans are (sic) affecting the climate."
BBC: "But the administration has continued taking your advice. They're still questioning the science."
Luntz: "That's up to the administration. I'm not the administration. What they want to do is their business. It has nothing to do with what I write. It has nothing to do with what I believe."
: ThinkProgress has more
, including the video of Luntz.
Via ::Sierra Club - Compass. See also ::The 4 Stages of Global Warming Denial