How, according to Lipsky, did this happen—and what general conclusions about ideologies might we draw? Your essay should be thesis driven, and its length should be about 1500 to 2000 words.

Assignment Question

This paper deals with David Lipsky, The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial.

The assignment consists of Part Three of this book, which has the title “Deniers,” and whose length is just over 200 pages.

recommendend  pages on “Climategate” and on recent events. Intrepid readers can find the book’s endnotes online at https://www.theparrotandtheigloo.com/. Lipsky wrote his book, he says in the Epilogue, because he got “book-makingly mad.” The book is aimed at a mass audience, and it’s an instance of lively, breezy nonfiction writing. Part Three doesn’t begin with the climate, but with cigarettes. They seem to cause cancer—or do they?

The cigarette companies are afraid of losing their profits, and a public relations firm tells them they should spread doubt. The strategy of spreading doubt becomes a model for fossil fuel companies as they, too, face adverse scientific claims.

Earlier this year (April 2023), Donald Trump spoke derisively in a podcast about “these people talking about global warming” who claim that “the ocean will rise by 1/100th of an inch over the next 350 years.” Yet the claim in fact is that the ocean is rising by 1/8th of an inch per year. In the world as it is, climate change deniers seem to have been remarkably successful in outflanking their opponents.

(Reference; trump-sea-levels-ocean-climate-change/index.html.) The Essay Topic: Our course is about political ideologies, and in The Parrot and the Igloo, David Lipsky suggests that a small-scale ideology—the denial of climate change—has been manufactured to serve specific economic interests.

How, according to Lipsky, did this happen—and what general conclusions about ideologies might we draw? Your essay should be thesis driven, and its length should be about 1500 to 2000 words.

You should support your thesis with evidence and reasoning, and you should also show an awareness of class sessions, discussion sections, and the full range of readings assigned on “Capitalism and Its Critics.” There are lots of little matters you might—or might not—wish to consider. They include the seeming bad luck environmentalists have had in getting their message across, Karl Marx’s various remarks about ideology, and the links between climate change denial and a broader anti- environmentalism reflecting fears of the governmental regulation of business

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