UK: What to do when the punters don’t believe in AGW any more?
Find a new way of spreading terror.
At first it seemed preposterous. The hypothesis was so exotic that I laughed. The rise and fall of violent crime during the second half of the 20th century and first years of the 21st were caused, it proposed, not by changes in policing or imprisonment, single parenthood, recession, crack cocaine or the legalisation of abortion, but mainly by … lead.
I don’t mean bullets. The crime waves that afflicted many parts of the world and then, against all predictions, collapsed, were ascribed, in an article published by Mother Jones last week, to the rise and fall in the use of lead-based paint and leaded petrol.
Now, how to make money out of it…?
Update: It’s worth noting that after flying this trial balloon and failing to get the enthusiastic support for his crusade he apparently expected, Monbiot has quietly dropped the whole thing and gone back to environmental doomsaying. Or perhaps some informed person had a quiet word in his ear about standards of proof.