The media hype for Stephen Emmott’s end of the world Penguin paperback has begun, with a long extract in the Observer at
plus an interview with the Observer’s editor at
and a special offer for cheap tickets to his talk at the Science Museum at
plus a talk with Sue Macgregor and Danny Dorling on Radio4 this morning which I shall catch up on and probably transcribe.
I expect to spend a lot of time googling “Stephen Emmott” + “Ten Billion” – “last 24 hours” over the next couple of weeks and sounding off in as bitchy a way as I can get away with. Thank Gaia for Tim Worstall, who has a critical article at
Alex Cull and I have been doing our best to counter this stuff with a series of articles on this site, following on from the groundbreaking, earthshattering fisking we gave his Royal Court show at
and I’ve put up a discussion post at Bishop Hill at
There are some modest signs of success. My extremely obscure site got a sudden surge of traffic yesterday, all going to articles on Emmott, and apparently due to the fact that they and the Climate Resistance article turn up quite sharpish on Google if you search “Stephen Emmott” + “Ten Billion”. The whole point of this article is to continue this process, by encouraging you to go to the sites I’ve linked to from here.
A couple of points from the interview with Emmott in the Observer: he’s a Malthusian, as he admits in a typically tortuous reply; he works seventeen hours a day, and he takes the car out once a week for a shopping trip. He says, with that inimitable touch of pedantry which adds so much to his charm:
“Once a week I drive a used hatchback I bought secondhand about five years ago to Waitrose. And back”.
Never has the recommendation: “You should get out a bit more” seemed so apt.