Crank of the Week

The Crank of the Week award is given to the person or group of people who issue the dumbest, most inaccurate or scientifically ignorant statement about climate change or energy policy each week. If no particular public utterance stands out in a given week we may skip the award for that week, but there is seldom a dearth of human foolishness.

Where does the term “crank” come from? As we explained in Chapter 15 of The Resilient Earth:

In the 1930s, George Orwell railed against “cranks” in his book, The Road to Wigan Pier. English advocates of the simple life in the 1930s, like Edward Carpenter and Leslie Paul, can be regarded as forerunners of modern ecological anticapitalism. Quoting from an article in Cabinet Magazine, “In the spirit of The Road to Wigan Pier, today's anti-capitalism could be said to draw towards it with magnetic force every tree-hugger, organic fruitarian, solar-powered scooter rider, water-birth enthusiast, Tantric-sex practitioner, world-music listener, teepee-dweller, hemp-trouser wearer, and Ayurvedic massage addict.” Crank culture is alive and well in the 21st century.

Have a nomination of your own? Please post it as a comment to this page and we will consider it for next week.

New crank of the week.

It seems that this page now only gets updated now and then but this guy is a must for crank of the week. I doubt anyone will take seriously his claim that the world could end by 2030 as a result of climate change but you never know.

One link here but there are plenty more on the net.

follow up on james cameron

while i know you have already done him one, with him failing to abide by his own words and follow through with the debate, instead cowardly canceling at the last minute, this tool really needs a follow up


Follow up

We did post a follow up comment from Marc Morrano (a friend of the site) on the original Cameron crank award. I'm sure we will find a future opportunity to skewer him again.