Robin Guenier alerted me to an article at the Campaign against Climate Change on which he’d left a comment.
I left a comment, as did others. There are now 18 comments.
The last six articles over the past six months have garnered a total of two comments. They included articles on the mass demonstration against fracking at Balcombe, another anti-fracking mass demonstration in Lancashire, a demonstration against the Canadian Prime Minister in Parliament Square, and the conference of the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group. Hundreds of people attended these different events, and they have nothing to say.
The article before that, in March 2013, was about the CCC’s AGM, and got five comments. Here they are:
theunbrainwashed: Did anyone turn up for the AGM? Why no update? Keep us posted.
CCC: The meeting was attended by over 60 people. The minutes will be up very soon; in the meantime you can check the resolutions results on http://www.campaigncc.org/reso….
theunbrainwashed: Thanks for the reply, I read the link. Geo-engineering is a bad idea all round, anywhere on the planet.
CCC: theunbrainwashed: The minutes are now up on http://www.campaigncc.org/minu….
theunbrainwashed: Grand. I’ll have a look over the next few days
That’s one reader commenting in six months on the blog of an organisation which boasts of putting tens of thousands of demonstrators on the streets. He asked a question, and got an immediate response from the CCC. Then six months later Robin Guenier spotted their latest article, instigated a discussion involving nine sceptics and one supporter of the consensus, and from the CCC – nothing.
I became aware of the Campaign Against Climate Change like this:
Four years ago, George Monbiot had an article at the Guardian about the catastrophic climate predictions emanating from a group based at the MIT. I pointed out in the comment thread that the MIT group was financed by Shell, Exxon, Total, etc. George replied angrily to me, and then ten minutes later returned to the fray accusing some entirely innocent commenter of being an astroturfer. Soon after, George wrote an article in the Guardian about the dangers of astroturfing and what to do about it, which attracted a (probable) record 3000+ comments.
Soon after, the Campaign Against Climate Change instituted its own astroturfing campaign, encouraging its readers to comment unfavourably on selected sceptical sites. I signed up. I was invited to comment on all the articles at Bishop Hill, expressing the ideas of the Campaign against Climate Change.
George Monbiot is honorary president of the Campaign against Climate Change. Honorary Vice-Presidents are Caroline Lucas M.P. and Michael Meacher M.P.
Between them, they represent the millions of people who vote for the Labour Party, the Green Party and the hundreds of thousands who read and believe George Monbiot’s articles in the Guardian.
Just one of them has written to the Campaign against Climate Change supporting their latest campaign: “Time to Act! Wake up to Climate Change”. His name is Tim and he says:
“Pay no notice of the sceptics, guys! Great video!!”
So this, apparently, is the argument of the believers in climate catastrophe:
“Pay no attention to the sceptics with their urge to open a discussion, and their arguments, scientific or political. We are a grass roots organisation with branches in London, (Brent, Haringay, Brixton) Derby, Matlock, Nottingham, Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich, Newcastle, Carlisle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bolton and Wigan, Blackpool, Lancaster, Portsmouth, Redhill/Reigate, Guildford, Dorking and Leatherhead, Seaford/Newhaven, Brighton, Medway, Oxford, Southampton, Barnstaple, Bristol, Exeter, Bovey Stracey, Cornwall, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, Plymouth, Frome, Glastonbury, Ilminster, Swindon, Melksham, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent, Doncaster, Kirklees, Leeds, Scarborough, Sheffield, York, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Northern Ireland. What’s more, we have all the major political parties on our side, plus the UN, the EU, the Royal Society and all the scientific societies of the planet.
Well, bully for you, guys. If any of you want to comment here, feel free. Astroturfers welcome.
Added 8 September 2013:
So What is the Campaign against Climate Change? Not a charity, as far as I can can see, nor a Not for Profit Organisation. They describe themselves as a pressure group, and invite donations. Membership costs £5, so it would take, I’d guess, about 30,000 members to pay the salaries of their staff of six.
They have a logo, reproduced on their Wikipaedia article, which states (and I’m not making this up): “This is a logo owned by Campaign against Climate Change for Promoting anthropomorphic climate change” and “Purpose of use – To promote anthropomorphic climate change”.