Skip to comments.Lying and deception can be justified, says climate change ethics expert ( Need the $$$)
Posted on 02/27/2012 12:06:04 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
James Garvey, a philosopher and the author of The Ethics of Climate Change has written a defence of Peter Gleick at the Guardian:
What Heartland is doing is harmful, because it gets in the way of public consensus and action. Was Gleick right to lie to expose Heartland and maybe stop it from causing further delay to action on climate change? If his lie has good effects overall if those who take Heartland's money to push scepticism are dismissed as shills, if donors pull funding after being exposed in the press then perhaps on balance he did the right thing. It could go the other way too maybe he's undermined confidence in climate scientists. It depends on how this plays out.
It's good to know that environmentalists feel this way about telling the truth. We have had similar insider views on truth-telling from, for example, the Open University's Joe Smith, who reported the decision to issue tactical lies over the nature of the global warming debat.
Hard also to avoid Stephen Schneider's famous quote:
...we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This double ethical bind we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.
I guess Dr Garvey has cast his vote for effective rather than honest.
(Excerpt) Read more at bishop-hill.net ...
If we weren’t lying about man made global warming science, we would not be lying on why the watermelons are lying about in the name of science. Total centralized control over the global means of production, global taxation, and global control over all human activity and population is at the root of the big lie.
The globalist elite had a big plan, based on a big fearful lie and the pajamahadeen on the Internet, messed it up again. Now the question is: How can we fool them next? Take over the Internet in the name of terrorism.
Good stuff, Ernie (if I may be so familiar.) Keep it up.
Well, only among those who are honest and/or care about the truth...
But there is so much material.
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