Something just and sensible may or may not come out of the global summit in Copenhagen. But , at least, the anti-science storm-in-a-teacup of the East Anglian emails seems to have made little impact, despite the best efforts of the ultra-reactionary oil lobby eminating from both Texas and Saudi Arabia. The fact remains that climate change “deniers” (when they’re not simply Saudi and Texan oil men) are a bunch of cranks, conspiracy theorists and ultra-right nutters who blithly ignore what 95% of reputable scientists in the world have to say on the subject.
It’s unfortunate, however, that the bulk of the green movement, in Britain and internationally, is made up of middle class readers of the Guardian and similar publications round the world . That doesn’t mean they’re wrong: just that their failure to address the concerns of working class people plays into the hands of the deniers. Similarly, most of the reformist and revolutionary “left” (just like most bourgeois politicians) refuse to acknowledge that effective enforcement of emissions requires a global enforcement reime, with the power to override national sovereignty: both US right-wingers and the anti-EU “left” recoil from that.
But. most important of all, workers in Britain and the “developed” countries must not be driven into the hands of the anti-environmental backlash by middle class Guardian readers and ruling class parasites of the Zac Goldsmith variety. Nick Cohen (back on form) has some good stuff to say about this.