Over at Bishop Hill, the climate “skeptic” blog run by Andrew Montford, people seem to be discussing my short blog post from a couple of days ago which points out how climate change “skeptics” use the “This will harm poor Africans” gambit in their constant quest to provide justifications for doing nothing about climate change. My argument was that these people, mostly, don’t give a damn about the poor, but act is if they do when the subject of climate change comes up. Appealing to our better angels as a way of distracting from the fact that we are in fact appealing to our lowest, most selfish, instincts.
According to Wilson, BH readers and people like that are actually cold, callous, heartless bad people who are unconcerned about our fellow human beings unless they are, like us, bloated plutocrats.
Oddly, I didn’t mention Mr. Montford or his readers in my original post.
So why would Mr. Montford be so sensitive to my post, and why would he imagine it somehow has him in mind?
Being a discerning reader I more or less haven’t read Bishop Hill in over two years, so I thought I would use the search function on the site to see what Montford says about the poor and climate change. And to my surprise this ostensibly right wing blogger is in fact a bleeding heart.
Here are a few of the blog posts thrown up. The titles say it all.
So, it turns out that Mr. Montford is as obsessed with helping the poor as he is with the BBC. I feel like I owe him and his readers a sincere apology. My prejudices are just that, prejudices.
I’m now confident that Mr. Montford and his readers will join me in supporting an increase in aid to developing countries, vigorous government action to end the scandal of food banks, and a massive increase in subsidizing energy costs for the poor.