Experiences of modernity in the greenhouse: A cultural analysis of a physicist "trio" supporting the backlash against global warming

Myanna Lahsen*

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Abstract

This paper identifies cultural and historical dimensions that structure US climate science politics. It explores why a key subset of scientists-the physicist founders and leaders of the influential George C. Marshall Institute-chose to lend their scientific authority to this movement which continues to powerfully shape US climate policy. The paper suggests that these physicists joined the environmental backlash to stem changing tides in science and society, and to defend their preferred understandings of science, modernity, and of themselves as a physicist elite-understandings challenged by on-going transformations encapsulated by the widespread concern about human-induced climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-219
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anti-environmental movement
  • Climate change
  • Controversy
  • George C. Marshall Institute
  • Human dimensions research
  • United States

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