For Katherine Hayhoe, Trolls are just Part of the Job

May 5, 2018

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves” – Mathew 10:16

When I first profiled Katharine Hayhoe in 2012, having met her at a conference at the University of Michigan. Readers here got her story in an interview she told me later was still her favorite.

At the time, it was 2 years before she became one of Time Magazine’s most influential 100. (subtle hint that you learn stuff and meet people here first – because you support Dark Snow Project)


In recent years, the messages from climate cranks haven’t changed much in substance or tone..


There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype. That’s what makes my friend Katharine Hayhoe — a Texas Tech climatologist and an evangelical Christian — so interesting.

It’s hard to be a good steward of the planet if you don’t accept the hard science behind what’s harming it, and it can be just as hard to take action to protect our world if you don’t love it as the rare gift it is. For many people, that implies a creator. Katharine and her husband, evangelical pastor Andrew Farley, have authored the defining book for the planet-loving believer, A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. I got to know Katharine as we worked on Showtime’s climate documentary Years of Living Dangerously. But we are all getting to know and benefit from her work.

Below, watch Dr. Hayhoe deflect an attack by a posturing local pol in Austin – even-tempered, cheerful, respectful, and surgical.

A model for us all.

4 Responses to “For Katherine Hayhoe, Trolls are just Part of the Job”

  1. Gingerbaker Says:

    The last thing we want is for the government to …[produce a solution].., says the guy who got himself elected into the government.

    And she agrees with him, and says the proper way to solve AGW is with the “free market”.

    Really not sure she is helping a lot, despite how personable she may be, if this is her standard response. We not only need to solve AGW, but we must also solve it within the timeframe allotted. Then “free market” is not going to accomplish that. Not even close.

  2. Free markets may have externalities that have to be addressed by government action. This may be by regulations, subsidies and taxes. One example is acid rain. The US introduced a cap and trade system that reduced the emissions by 40% and the Europeans used regulation to reduce emissions by 70%. Such adjustments may be referred to as a Pigouvian tax.

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