Sorry to keep picking on Keith Gessen of N+1 and global warming, but I'm struck by the absurdity of someone who clings to a disproven belief.
It's like believing in the existence of real clowns. You know: clowns who are that way permanently. Born clowns.
Now, I'm as gullible as the next person, and without much thinking about it I could've accepted the existence of real clowns, red noses, floppy feet and all, in the same way I accepted global warming without much thinking about it. But one day I saw Jellyboy the Clown putting on clown paint and realized there probably weren't real clowns. The truth was in front of me. "Okay. There aren't real clowns."
Gessen by contrast would not see this. He wouldn't acknowledge what he'd witnessed himself. Much rather would he believe what he'd read in clown textbooks, or seen in clown movies. He and his journal have made a huge psychological investment in the existence of real clowns. Unsmiling, he would insist, "Yes, there are real clowns even if there don't seem to be, even if they're not here now, and when they return there will be real clowns forever!"
(Did Gessen have a traumatic childhood? Issues about Santa Claus? From where this need to believe?)
It's the same way he treats global warming. I picture him stuck in Moscow, his Lada car buried under eight feet of snow, Gessen himself frozen worse than Omar Sharif in "Dr. Zhivago," and Gessen waves his arms and shouts through chattering teeth, "Flee north! The heat is unbearable!"
Given that half the planet is frozen in as severe a winter as there's ever been, it's difficult to argue the warming issue; as difficult as it is, once you've seen greasepaint, to argue for permanent clowns.
Then again, Gessen would say-- despite the evidence-- that the issue has NOT been disproven.
"After all, how do we know?" he tells you in a rational moment. "I've read very sophisticated arguments. How do we really KNOW there aren't real clowns?"
As he says this, he holds in his hand a copy of his journal, which makes the logic of his argument irrefutable.