There is no other place in the world like America. It is the only country that can lay claim to the mantle of richest in the world, and it is also the only country that fosters the organized harassment of climate scientists. Like jazz, sitcoms, and hip-hop, systematic attacks on climate scientists are an American original.
The harassment faced by U.S.-based climate scientists has been well documented in the media—but not the harassment of scientists in Europe, Canada or the rest of the world.That's because there hasn't been much to report.ICN goes on to interview scientists in other nations—England, Germany, Canada—who all relay the same sad truth: Nowhere else is there a concerted effort to harass climate scientists.
While outspoken scientists of human-caused climate change in the United States endure torrents of freedom of information requests, hate mail and even death threats from skeptics, their counterparts abroad have been free to do their work without fear.
"I feel for my American colleagues and what they've had to deal with," Tim Lenton, a UK climate researcher, tells ICN, and his sympathies are understandable. After all, good, high-profile climate scientists like Michael Mann and James Hansen have endured disciplined, organized efforts to tarnish their careers, even intimidate them personally. Mann has received death threats.
Here in the United States, we have such bold climate-focused institutions as the Heartland Institute, which is most notable for recently launching a billboard campaign comparing people who would listen to climate scientists to serial killers. Here in the United States, we have radio commenters telling neutral climate reporters that they should kill themselves. Here in the United States, conservative interest groups fight to demonize environmentalists and climate scientists whose work is inconvenient to the fossil fuel industry.
In other words, there is indeed a thriving ongoing effort to harass scientists who study the earth's climate, and I guess it's specific to our great nation. I prefer the sitcoms.