Chris Hayes on Climate Change and “The Crisis of Authority”

from his book, Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

By the end of the fail decade, belief among Americans in the basic, scientific consensus on climate change was plummeting.  A comprehensive Pew poll on the issue released in October 2009 found that only 57 percent of people thought there was evidence of warming, down from 71 percent the previous year.  The number of people who thought climate change was a serious problem was down to just 35 percent.

In order to doubt the science of climate change you must believe in a vast conspiracy to deceive, one that involves thousands of scientists, bureaucrats, and journalists.  And implausible as this may be, it is precisely the theory that prominent media figures are selling to their audiences.  In 2010, Rush Limbaugh told his 15 million listeners that the list of untrustworthy institutions extended way past Al Gore.  He described “government, academia, science, and media” as making up what he called the four corners of deceit.  “Those institutions,” he told his listeners, “are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit.  That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.”

Think about what it would mean to dispatch the duties of citizenship while discounting every single piece of information that emanated from government, academia, science, or the media…

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