Cake enough mud on the messenger and no one will be able to make out the message. That's long been a strategy favored by those who wish to deny the extent of human responsibility for global warming, species extinction, and the many other varieties of environmental degradation. Ad hominem attacks of hypocrisy, insanity, and delusion have all been leveled at popular figures who to one degree or another have used their celebrity to try to promote environmental causes.
The archetypical example, of course, is Al Gore, who has been pilloried time and again by voices on the right as well as in more mainstream media outlets for his supposed failure to live a green lifestyle. This blog has already addressed a few of the many weaknesses in this kind of reporting, but it comes down to this basic point: Pointing out Gore's carbon footprint or Leonardo DiCaprio's heating bill does nothing to refute their arguments. In fact, that kind of reporting only makes it harder to determine how bad the problem is and what can be done to help.Continue reading Celebrity assassination