Saturday, March 17, 2018 ... /////

A new book on Czech climate skeptics

Lisa, Hawking, and TIME: Lisa Randall wrote an obituary in the Time magazine. Hawking managed to have fun in sex, black holes, space travel, and he has even saved a seat for Lisa Randall. The main thing she worries about is that because of Hawking's heritage, people will think that to be a great physicist, you need to be handicapped and you can't be e.g. a hot babe from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Did I understand it well, Lisa? ;-)
In 2011, I went to a café with Petr Vidomus who described himself as a humanities student at the Charles University who was working on a project "How the Czech climate skeptics bring the global Armageddon closer". At least that's how I understood it – despite his intense efforts to preserve a "neutral image". In 2014, we had some additional online exchanges.

Because of a new Facebook post by Alexander Ač, an occasional TRF commenter who has only gotten into the book through a comment by your humble correspondent, I have learned about a newly published book.

Because by now, I think that the author is a fanatical climate alarmist, I don't expect to receive a copy of the book that was written to convert our relative fame and hard work to his profits. The only decent human behavior of a climate alarmist that I have experienced in my life was the same Alexander Ač's exercise as a fair moderator of a 2009 debate between your humble correspondent and an old climate alarmist in the Slovak capital.

So I don't know whether I will ever see the book. Here is the abstract:

New book: Petr Vidomus: It will get warmer and things will be better
Subtitle: the Czech climate skepticism in the times of global risks

Climate change isn't a problem that the society should be seriously concerned about, claim folks like Václav Klaus, Ivan Brezina, or Luboš Motl. They consider the issue to be an inflated bubble whose purpose is to bring fat subsidies to the scientists and environmental activists. Who are the Czech climate skeptics and what strategies do they exploit to advance their vision? The book "It will get warmer and things will be better" is the first sociological analytical study into the active Czech climate skepticism. Its main part is a qualitative research of the resistance towards environmentalism and the mainstream climate science. It boils down to numerous interviews with Czech climate skeptics, climatologists, as well as officials of NGOs which were made between 2011 and 2014. The main finding is the insight that between 2007 and 2014, the Czech climate skeptical landscape underwent periods of variable intensity and dynamics. It was strongest in 2007-2008 when their organizational platform was composed of think tanks promoting a free-market approach to the environment. Under the supervision of then president Václav Klaus, the most famous climate skeptics were giving talks in Prague. Approximately since 2011, the climate lost its influence over the agendas of the right-wing think tanks and the topic was spread among several smaller organizations, visible individuals, and to the virtual space. Are Czechs a nation of climate skeptics? Is the global warming a problem that the society should wrestle with? Is Al Gore, or Václav Klaus right? What are the strategies employed by the Czech climate skeptics?

330 copies, 393 pages, February 2018