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The book sounds interesting. If we're going to respond to climate change, we'll need entrepreneurs. But Funk didn't help his credibility with that claim for his subjects.
It's pretty clear that efforts to obfuscate and suppress the scientific evidence about global warming have been paid for by fossil fuel companies with Exxon Mobil and the Koch brothers in the lead. As denial has become a more untenable posture, this sort of traceable funding seems to have disappeared into what Scientific American calls "dark money" vehicles. Relying on a Drexel University study, the magazine explains:
Climate change obfuscation creates the milieu in which the entrepreneurial efforts of McKenzie Funk's subjects expect to thrive. They may not be bad people, may in fact be perfectly nice to their own children and pets. But they intend to profit from society's learned hopelessness, a hopelessness that large amounts of cash to willing shills have helped create. I certainly think that is morally culpable self-centeredness.