Scientist turned film-maker Randy Olson is interviewed here by Spiegel Online’s science journalist Axel Bojanowski. From the interview it becomes glaringly clear that the AGW movement has failed to communicate its message of climate catastrophe and the need to profoundly re-order society. It’s over.
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Olson starts by saying that climate change as an issue “is truly important, and that it is a major tragedy how poorly it’s been handled.” and that it is up against one particularly nasty obstacle: “it’s the most boring subject on earth“.
AIT a failure – “for hard-core lefties”
Other interesting comments Olson makes include his belief that Al Gore’s AIT was only successful because of his personality, but that “the same movie starring any NASA scientist would have lost money” and that “there was almost no narrative structure to it. It failed to tell an interesting and compelling story.”
All in all, Olson says the film was mostly for “hard-core lefties” and that he was told by a movie distributor: “no more environmental documentaries!” Too bad DiCaprio didn’t listen.
“Skeptics spun circles around the climate crowd”
In the interview Olson also believes that the skeptics have been very successful in their “all-out assault” on “the brand” and says that in 2009 with “Climate Gate” the skeptics “spun circles around the climate crowd“.
So boring “it makes a robot want to commit suicide”
The major problem with climate science, Olson seems to say, is that it is so damn boring: In the interview he describes papers on tree rings as follows as “boredom so purified and crystalized it’s in an unadulterated form that could make even a robot want to commit suicide.”
Overall Olson thinks it’s over and it’s too late: “the brand has been ruined” and tha the only thing that could resuce it is that the story be told by “media people, professional storytellers, actors, etc.”
Not sure what Olson is getting at here. Haven’t movie distributors just made it clear that no one is interested in climate stories?
In summary the climate issue is boring people to death. As a result it’s going to be awfully damn tough to get people to listen to a dead-boring story for the hundredth time.
Read entire interview here: www.spiegel.de/international.html