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.
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.