When I hear some of the presidential hopefuls denying climate change, I can’t help wondering how many of them are double deniers – people who several years ago were denying the impending financial crisis, and are now denying the impending climate crisis.
In the years leading up to the financial crash of 2008, there were many analysts warning of an oncoming financial implosion. At the same time there were many voices discounting these “alarmist” warnings, and assuring the public that there was nothing to worry about. Every day that a disaster didn’t occur was used as evidence against the possibility of one ever occurring.
Denial emanated from a multitude of high positions in academia, business, the media, and government. And how well did all that denial work to prevent the biggest financial catastrophe in over seventy years? We all know the answer to that question.
So unless these double deniers can explain why their denial is going to be any more effective this time around, it’s time for the public to dismiss them as the denial dummies they really are.