Sunday, April 14, 2013

History Greenwashing Thatcher is an injustice to both her and the politics of science and technology

We conducted a series of tests on the latest scientific advice (eg emergency Shelia Jasanoff yesterday). He pauses now, but here's something on a related topic.

Margaret Thatcher is often celebrated for his leadership on the issue of climate change. Read, if it is not already, his 1989 speech to the UN, for example. Or the 1988 Royal Society. Or the Second World Climate Conference in 1990. You might be surprised.

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Thatcher world leader in the environment with some models of right-wing politics are more familiar with today. In fact, corresponds to a particular use of ecology to greet this greenish blue card especially around. But Thatcher has long been a versatile cultural image, and in recent years has been used occasionally as an icon of climate skeptics too. See, for example, the June 2010 Lord Monckton parts written for this blog Watts and Christopher Booker in the Telegraph.

Bob Ward, argued at the time that Monckton seems to have some selective amount of scientific information that gave Thatcher especially memory. Ward also noted that although 2003 book Statecraft Thatcher seems to show more sympathy for the cause of skepticism about climate change, which also seemed to come aboard U.S. right "think tanks" that was quite suspicious.

However Tickell could feel liberated by this unofficial status, given its subsequent dependence on less classically scientific materials, is this really the model of advice do you want?

I should add that although Booker suggests "that fell under the spell" of Tickell, I do not think we should assume that he just did what he said (if one accepts it because she is a woman, a scientist or politician). Thatcher was also a chemist by training, but be careful reading too naively (This is an article by Jon Agar on the subject, if you want some real historical research).

also interesting to note that Tickell was not a scientific background himself, and made room in the room above link, the role of other advisors, leaders like George Guise. These things usually involve complex negotiations in a complex social network is that I'm not sure to be esoteric. As battles over exactly which political influences on science and technology policy are still a matter of life, if we take the time to look back on the political systems of the past, useful tips to consider. At least his 2003 book cited publications Heritage Foundation and others, even if we had to dig a little deeper to find out who has influenced his thinking.

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