Rupert Darwall has written some of the foundational works that expose the roots of the climate caper. First The Age of Global Warming: A History (2013) and then Green Tyranny: Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex (2017). He has also dissected the things that went wrong in Britain when the energy industry was partly privatised but persisted with dysfunctional regulations.
This paper is a particularly important item for climate aficionados because it reports on a unique workshop where climate scientists on both sides of the divide participated in a civil discussion that lasted for a whole day. It was convened in 2014 by the American Physical Society, apparently one of the few academies prepared to take an even-handed line on climate change.
Darwall was one of the fortunate few who gathered among a group that included a selected panel of six climate scientists to represent both sides of the issue, The three alarmists – Ben Santer, Isaac Held and William Collins. On the critics bench were Judith Curry, John Christy and Richard Lindzen.
In the relaxed and more or less private confines of the workshop the intellectual antagonists engaged in civil and fruitful exchanges most of the time. Hints of aggressive antagonism emerged on odd occasions, notably from Ben Santer but that was the exception
Far too much to summarise but essential reading for people who are seriously engaged. Here.
Yes to Herodotus in Comments, on the other side, Greta’s very corporate children’s crusade. Chilling connections!
Trained by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, Rentzhog set up We Don’t Have Time in late 2017 to “hold leaders and companies accountable for climate change” by leveraging “the power of social media”. Rentzhog and his CEO David Olsson have backgrounds in finance, not environmental activism, Rentzhog as the founder of Laika, an investment relations company, and Olsson with Svenska Bostadsfonden, one of Sweden’s biggest real estate funds, whose board Rentzhog joined in June 2017. We Don’t Have Time’s investors included Gustav Stenbeck, whose family control Kinnevik, one of Sweden’s largest investment corporations.
In May 2018, Rentzhog and Olsson of We Don’t Have Time became chairman and board member of a think-tank called Global Utmaning (Global Challenge). Its founder, Kristina Persson, is an heir to an industrial fortune. She is a career trade unionist and a Social Democrat politician going back to the party’s golden age under Olof Palme. She is also an ex-deputy governor of Sweden’s central bank and a New Ager who has discussed her reincarnations and communication with the dead. Between 2014 and 2016, Persson served as “Minister for the Future” in the Social Democratic government of Stefan Lofven.
Petter Skogar, president of Sweden’s biggest employer’s association, is on Global Challenge’s ten-person board. So is Johan Lindholm, chairman of the Union of Construction Workers and member of the Social Democrats’ executive board. So is Anders Wijkman, president of the Club of Rome, chair of the Environmental Objectives Council, and a recipient in February 2018 of Bo Thorén’s call for youth mobilisation. So is Catherina Nystedt Ringborg, former CEO of Swedish Water, advisor at the International Energy Agency, and former vice-president at Swedish-Swiss energy giant ABB.
Catherina Ringborg is also a member of green energy venture capital firm Sustainable Energy Angels. Its members are a who’s who of the Swedish energy sector. Sustainable Energy Angels’ president and chair of investment committee are ex-ABB personnel, and so are four of its 17 members.
When Greta met Rentzhog, he was the salaried chairman of a private think-tank owned by an ex-Social Democrat minister with a background in the energy sector. His board was stacked with powerful sectoral interests, including career Social Democrats, major union leaders, and lobbyists with links to Brussels. And his board’s vice-chair was a member of one of Sweden’s most powerful green energy investment groups.
Greta and her parents probably did not know this. Rentzhog seems to have wanted to keep it that way.
Thanks to a comment in a thread the other day.