One of my colleagues from Scienceblogs.com.br contacted me a week or so ago to talk about creationists and global warming deniers, and I just checked and his story for Brazil’s largest paper is online. Frankly, I think I gave him one of my juicier quotes:
“Dos negacionistas do aquecimento global, a maioria Ã© motivada principalmente pelos negÃ³cios e pela polÃtica. Um nÃºmero chocante de pessoas parece se opor Ã ideia porque nÃ£o gostam de Al Gore. Muitos trabalham em empresas petrolÃferas ou pertencem a indÃºstrias que teriam de pagar pela mitigaÃ§Ã£o do aquecimento”, diz Rosenau. “EntÃ£o, creio que Ã© uma alianÃ§a entre conservadores religiosos e conservadores econÃ´micos. Descobriram tÃ¡ticas que funcionam e compartilham-nas livremente.”
Google renders that as:
“Of the deniers of global warming, most are motivated primarily by business and politics. A shocking number of people seem to oppose the idea because they do not like Al Gore. Many work in oil companies or belong to industries that would pay for mitigation warming, “says Rosenau. “So I think it is an alliance between religious conservatives and economic conservatives. Discovered tactics that work and share them freely.”
Though what I told him was more like:
Of the global warming deniers, most are motivated principally by business interest and politics. A shocking number of people seem to oppose global warming because they don’t like Al Gore! And many either work for oil companies or are in industries that would be asked to pay for policies that would mitigate global warming, so they try to argue that there is no problem because that way they don’t have to pay to solve it. â¦ This is a social, cultural, economic, and ultimately political alliance between religious conservatives and economic conservatives. They’ve found some tactics that work, and share them freely.
Lopes really reported the hell out of the story, talking to Francisco Ayala, Brazilian biologist Sandro de Souza, and Brazilian creationists EnÃ©zio de Almeida Filho and Michelson Borges, and bringing in the stolen emails from Climategate, James Inhofe, the Discovery Institute, the South Dakota legislature, and Richard Lindzen’s anti-ID/anti-global warming remarks reported at TfK.
Learn Portuguese and read it.