“If the future remembers any corporate villain from 2022, it will be Stuart Kirk. The satirically titled head of ‘responsible investment’ at HSBC
‘There’s always some nut job telling me about the end of the world,’ he told the Financial Times’s Moral Money conference – and I haven’t made that title up either. ‘Who cares if Miami is six metres underwater in 100 years? Amsterdam has been six metres underwater for ages and that’s a really nice place.’“
You can see the intellectual dishonesty embedded in rhetoric even without bringing in the fact that this human-caused environmental crisis is not just about rising temperatures and seas. If Miami is 6 meters under water, then Amsterdam must be roughly 12 meters under water right? Who's happy now?!
And, quoting Nick Cohen:
"Notice the neat two-step he performs. On the one hand, only “nut jobs” talk of a catastrophe, even if the ranks of the nutty include the UN and every serious climate scientist. But when the nut jobs turn out to be anything but nuts, Kirk shifts his position and assures you that we will enjoy climate change, as Amsterdammers enjoy their canalside cafes. And if we can’t? We’ll all be dead in a 100 years anyway so who the hell cares."
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