John Abraham: How to give good radio

By Bryan Walker 28/05/2011

It’s hard to know listening to this recent US radio interview with John Abraham whether to be more admiring of his incisive responses or more astonished at the regularity with which tired old denier claims are put forward by the interviewers. The interview perhaps highlights the extraordinary divergences of American society — home to impressively intelligent and dependable science yet harbouring, at high levels of government and in major media, scientific denial expressed with a confidence untethered to any scientific grounding.

John Abraham figured on Hot Topic last year when Gareth ran a post inviting expressions of support for him in the face of Christopher Monckton’s campaign to intimidate him and his University following his famous debunking of Monckton.  The support poured in.

Abraham is a founding member of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team set up last year to provide rapid, high-quality information to media and government officials. He has certainly done just that for America’s Radio News, though I doubt they appreciated it and I notice the interviewer claimed the last word just before they ran out of time, which seems a little odd by normal interviewing standards. Anyway it’s great to hear the firm messages of climate science delivered with clarity and a fully justified assertiveness.

The Carbon Brief and Climate Denial Crock of the Week, which led me to the video, have apposite comments.