Climate change gaslighting 101: Dixie Chicks vs Anthony Watts
By Climate Denier Roundup
Others have made the connection to how climate denial operates:
- Bill McKibben wrote about gaslighting last year regarding the myth that fracking is a climate solution
- columnist Robert Gehrke used a scientist’s quote about gasllighting to describe former Interior chief Zinke’s approach to forest fires
- Dave Roberts described shifting GOP climate rhetoric in 2018 as gaslighting
- Emily Atkin 3 years ago described how congressional Republicans were gaslighting on climate…
And yet, it seems that ever-topical Anthony Watts is just now catching on to the idea. His post over the weekend claims that a 2017 piece in Psychology Today on the 11 warning signs of gaslighting “is wholly applicable to the climate debate.”
Which, of course, it is. Just in the opposite way that Watts and his readers choose to believe.
That’s exactly the point of organized denial’s campaign of blatant lies (flag #1), like that climate models don’t work, undertaken over at least three decades (#4 is that gaslighting happens slowly over time), rife with projection (#8), like Willie Soon getting over $1 million from fossil fuels for his research and then accusing consensus academics of “prostituting science,” and only believable if you accept only that that everyone and everything that contradicts them, from scientific organizations to thermometers, are lying to you (#11).
Once you’ve been fully gaslit, reality is whatever your gaslighter wants it to be. And everything that contradicts it is just evidence of the conspiracy against you.
As the WUWT post proves, once you’ve been indoctrinated well enough, you’ll convince yourself that the lights aren’t any dimmer, even as you stumble about in the dark. Maybe if Watts hadn’t spent all these years dimming the lights at WUWT, his readers would’ve been able to see his reflection in this post.