Many people in the environmental field — and I’d even generalize to progressives, broadly speaking — seem to be operating on a set of assumptions:
- The facts, organized and clearly conveyed, should carry the day.
- When facts do not change minds, more facts are required, perhaps delivered more slowly.
- When facts do not change hearts, more facts are required, perhaps delivered more loudly.
- Those not swayed by facts are intellectually, possibly morally, deficient.
- If sticking to the facts means losing a debate, well, that’s the price of virtue.