There’s an adoring article by Leo Hickman at
on Jeremy Grantham and the millions he gives every year to fighting climate change. That’s the same Leo Hickman who thought he had the scoop of the century a few months back when he discovered a UKIP MEP had given Ben Pile a few thousand to make a film about wind turbines.
TinyCO2 said it well in a comment on a thread initiated by E17 at
“When Jeremy Grantham gives loads of money away to green causes he’s not having less, he’s having more. He’s got everything he needs for comfort and he’s using some of his spare money to feel like a benefactor … The people who feel the cuts first are the people at the bottom…”
On the same thread, Mike Jackson, who, like me, lives in France, linked to an interesting article by Brendan O’Neill about the Gay Marriage Consensus. Mike pointed out how it resembled the Global Warming Consensus.
(Interesting that it takes an eccentric Marxist site like Spiked Online to stick up for Conservative Values).
There’s a lot of discussion of the New Left Project, the Webbs, Mrs Dutt Pauker the Hampstead Thinker, etc. at the BishopHill thread I mention above, which took us miles off the subject, which was about using Public Relations to further climate scepticism.
I did my usual “It’s all sociological” number, and said:
“I come back to my point that opinions as deeply implanted as global warming (or gay marriage rights) are too important to their holders to be tackled by PR. It’s about a new social class creating its ideology. It may take a counter-ideology to defeat it – possibly one devoted to keeping the lights on, defeating poverty and raising the living standards of those suffering from current politics of austerity (We could call it “socialism”…)”
…which isn’t likely to win me many friends at BH, which is more UKIP in its readership profile. Thinking there may be some lefties lurking here (including Chris Shaw) I thought maybe it’s a subject that deserves a post and some discussion.
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From the Nature Imitating Art Department:
When I wanted a stinking rich environmental philanthropist for my “Apocalypse Close” saga, I naturally thought of Jeremy Grantham. But because I’d given him transvestite tendencies for the sake of a silly joke, I had to change his name, and Huntingdon seemed close enough geographically, so Tom Huntingdon* it was. See
Then in February I was transcribing Vivienne Westwood, and she described how she’d read an article about James Lovelock and decided she had to Do Something, so she went on the net and discovered how socialist ex M.P. Frank Field had teamed up with a Swedish millionaire to buy up the Amazon and he only needed £125 million, so she phoned Kate and Naomi… Then she decided that ordinary people needed to be involved too, that milionaire fashion models shouldn’t have to save the world all on their own, so she started a website
so I wrote about that too.
It’s beyond satire, though I do my best.
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Anyway, back to the Guardian and Leo Hickman’s hagiography of Grantham and his millions…
A longer, and presumably even more adoring version of Hickman’s article is promised for Monday. Already, we’ve learned that Grantham’s conversion to environmentalism came when he was on holiday with his family in Borneo and the Amazon [what, both at once?] and saw “logs along the side of the river”.
(“What? Logs? People cutting down trees? Don’t they realise the tropics are a nature conservancy area for me and my family to holiday in?”)
Leo, bless him, is not entirely naive:
Having said that, his interest isn’t entirely selfless. “Fifteen years ago, we started a forestry division [at GMO] because I had fallen in love with land and trees, and because I realised it was a mispriced asset class. We have done extremely well in that sector, outperforming the benchmark for 15 years.”
Which brings me to my point about nature imitating art. Because in the last episode of Apocalypse Close I’d sent my Huntingdon character to Brazil (where Moonbat, Delingpole, Barry Woods and Dung will soon join him) with a briefcase full of title deeds, little knowing that the real Grantham had already made the trip. I’m always one step behind reality.
* My character Tom Huntingdon is also a sly reference to Chris Huntingford, a climate scientist who, in an article ostensibly disagreeing with Lovelock’s call to suspend democracy in order to fend off disaster, http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/01/james-lovelock-climate-change-pessimism
“Lovelock’s comment that possibly the only solution is to temporarily suspend democracy needs considerable discussion with social scientists and historians. I cannot be alone in feeling nervous about such a view. Surely, some of the most unstable periods in history have been when governments have become dictatorial.”
An Oxford academic feeling nervous about dictatorship, and saying that he’d have to consult social scientists before he could support it: – that made me mad and I said so in the comments ad nauseam…