Thursday, July 13, 2006
My article in The Sunday Times about the new government policy not necessarily to fight the sea with costly defences, but instead to let it reclaim its own land (see Selected Articles,) produced the usual angry responses from eco-sceptics who deny global warming, deny that it is our fault and insist that we need do nothing to protect the human species from its impact. The anger is puzzling. Science overwhelmingly shows that it is happening, the only debate is how serious the consequences will be. This should be a friendly debate. But I suspect there is a Marxist hangover in some of this eco-sceptic thought. Certain people simply cannot accept the possibility that some material problems are beyond our technical competence and grow angry at the very suggestion that this might be the case. The idea strikes at the heart of their faith. I am with my friend the great James Lovelock on this - "We can't save the planet. We never could." Our technical incompetence is absolute.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:11 am