The 21st Century's most unlikely plot device: heroic billionaires vs evil climate scientists

From Scott Westerfeld, (currently touring for his new, brilliant book "Zeroes"): "Plot idea: 97% of the world's scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies."

The followups to the tweet are a masterclass in rebutting climate deniers with aplomb and thoroughness.

See also: 21st Century: a complaint by Charlie Stross.

Plot idea: 97% of the world's scientists contrive an environmental crisis... [Scott Westerfeld/Twitter]

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(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

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  1. thekaz says:

    Always a good day when you can start it off with a Phil Folglio drawing...

  2. Is that disappointing close to the plot of Michael Crichton's 'State of Fear'? That book was a real 'never meet your heroes' moment for me.

  3. The followups to the tweet are a masterclass in rebutting climate deniers with aplomb and thoroughness.

    Unfortunately, they're also a masterclass in climate deniers ignoring any rebuttals and repeatedly throwing the same denials in attempt to drown out the opposition.

  4. Raoul says:

    Yeah - I can't do that any more. Same as arguing with gun nuts (and I suspect a large overlap between the two populations). There is literally nothing that will change their minds, they will gang up, bury you with insults, congratulate each other on how they have defeated you with their logical skills, etc etc. All you do is end up stressed, angry, and blocking dozens of people.

    So, despite having a background in climatology and atmospheric science I just don't engage on the subject any more, my blood pressure can't take it.

  5. Ratel says:

    It's certainly guaranteed to get published. And a film treatment.

    "The Passion of the Koch"

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