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Top 10 Climate-Change Denier Arguments Debunked


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Kit
- 2467 days ago - alternet.org
Global warming deniers have gleefully seized on recent scandals and misinterpreted data to bolster their collection of arguments, but there are these pesky things called facts that keep getting in the way of their agenda.



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Kit B (276)
Monday December 20, 2010, 7:37 am
There’s no doubt that historically, temperatures and greenhouse gas fluctuations are nothing compared to the increases we’ve seen in the past century.


Snow in the South, ice gain in Antarctica and scientists seemingly fudging climate data: is the global warming debate over? Definitely.

But skeptics aren’t on the winning side. Global warming deniers have gleefully seized on recent scandals and misinterpreted data to bolster their collection of arguments, but there are these pesky things called facts that keep getting in the way of their agenda.

But how do you respond to that impassioned neighbor, cranky uncle or annoying cocktail party guest who uses sunspots, Al Gore’s supposed greed and a limited grasp of climate science to claim that global warming isn’t really happening? Presenting the top 10 global warming denier arguments, and the facts that thoroughly debunk them. Today’s installment features numbers 10-6, check back tomorrow for the top 5.

10. It’s all a hoax perpetuated by money-hungry Al Gore

“You fools are being taken for a ride! Al Gore just made all this stuff up about ManBearPig global warming so he can roll in the Benjamins at his mansion.”

Fact: Gore donates all of the proceeds from both the book and DVD of An Inconvenient Truth to environmental causes. He also donated 100 percent of his Nobel Peace Prize award as well as the salary from his venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, to the Alliance for Climate Protection.

Al Gore isn’t the only target. Some claim that scientists “follow the money right onto the man-made global warming bandwagon.” But most funding for global warming research comes from government grants, and the money is doled out before the results are determined.

Meanwhile, dirty energy companies and anti-climate-action groups shower scientists who are willing to argue against climate change with cash. ExxonMobil was one of the largest sources of funding for such scientists for over a decade, and purported to stop in 2008. Surprise! They lied. Recently released records show that the oil giant paid out $75,000 that year to several climate action opposition groups.

9. But look at all the snow!

“It’s going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries “uncle,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint (R-SC) on February 9th as a fierce winter storm dropped foot after foot of snow on the nation’s capital. “Record snowfall illustrates the obvious: The global warming fraud is without equal in modern science,” trumpeted an editorial in the conservative Washington Times. And let’s not even get started on The Donald.

Right, because winter is never cold, and all that snow can’t possibly have anything to do with a near-record amount of moisture in the air. Meteorologist Jeff Masters explains that heavy precipitation events are increasing as the world warms, and guess what -- at the freezing point and below, that means snow (and lots of it). Global warming doesn’t mean winter is going to go away.

The U.S. isn’t the entire world -- it’s only 1.5 percent of the globe. The Earth’s atmosphere is getting warmer, but different climates will be affected in different ways. Local weather is becoming more volatile across the board due both to warming and normal variability, but while that has translated to more frequent, more severe snow events in North America, Brazil is experiencing a near-record heat wave at the same time.

8. Warming is a good thing

“Break out the grill, swimsuits and daquiri mix because a huge chunk of the world is about to turn into tropical paradise!” Okay, so not everyone using this argument paints such a laughably simplistic picture of supposed global warming benefits, but it’s still bad: many believe that global warming would be good for the Earth and us.

Some cite fewer winter deaths, an ice-free Northwest Passage and increases in the number of certain species. Others argue that if the climate were to cool instead, even a little bit, a feedback effect would make things worse as growing Arctic snowfields caused more sunlight to reflect away from the ground. And another Ice Age wouldn’t exactly be kind to humanity. But while a few select regions could benefit from a warmer overall climate, most of the world would suffer on a nightmarish scale, and the feedback effect applies to warming as well.

Raging wildfires, extreme water scarcity, expanding deserts, changing ecosystems. Heatwave deaths, the spread of deadly mosquito-borne diseases, growing dead zones in the oceans, death of healthy trees and other vegetation, coral extinction. War. Climate refugees. That’s only a small fraction of the projected consequences, but it’s surely more than enough.

7. Climate change is part of a natural cycle

“How can we, petty little humans that we are, possibly alter something as huge in scope as the planet’s climate? After all, when you think about just how complex the Earth really is, we’re just not that important. So why should we change our habits?”

That might have been true until about two centuries ago, when the Industrial Age came along and we first started burning massive quantities of filthy, CO2-producing coal. Since then, as technology has advanced and our population has multiplied to over six billion people, we’ve gotten a bit big for our britches, pushing the limits of just how much pollution we can pump into the air before seeing catastrophic global effects.

There’s no doubt that historically, temperatures and greenhouse gas levels have fluctuated naturally, but those fluctuations are nothing compared to what we’ve seen in the past century (see charts in #6.)

6. Temperature data is unreliable

Skeptics like to claim that temperature records showing a warming trend are unreliable because weather stations are often located in areas that absorb and radiate heat, like rooftops and asphalt parking lots. But in reality, the Urban Heat Island Effect has had a very small influence on temperature readings and climate scientists adjust the data to account for it.

All major temperature reconstructions for the past 1,000 years published in peer-reviewed journals show some variability in surface temperatures over centuries (above graph), with a dip in the Little Ice Age and a huge uptick during the last century. Even if those reconstructions are excluded and we only look at the last 150 years (below graph), there’s a significant rise.{Graphs in article on |View Site|

When it comes down to it, surface temperature records are far from the only evidence of global warming. With borehole analysis, weather balloon temperature data, satellite measurements, glacial melt observations, sea level rise and other indicators can be used completely independently of surface temps.

by Stephanie Rogers for alternet

 

Susan T (21)
Monday December 20, 2010, 7:40 am
We poison our food chain first, now we want to destroy our home.

How long can we survive with bad food and a crumbling planet? Some may not believe their selfish habits are harmful to all...some don't believe we walked on the moon either.

I believe that once the humans are gone, the planet can start to heal herself. Hope some of the other species can survive us.
 

Kit B (276)
Monday December 20, 2010, 7:41 am
Part 2 is not posted yet, I will be looking for that. Those who are interested in the study of climate, the changes and reasons for climate changes must rely on science. Those who chose only to debunk the science rely on their opinion or blank statements and are then presented as a fact.

I don't see what is gained by dening what is and has been all around us,
 

John Farnham (52)
Monday December 20, 2010, 9:02 am
Those who chose only to debunk the 'science' rely on their opinion or blank statements and are then presented as a fact. Actually. that's my complaint about AWG proponents : that and they claim all disagreement a) ignores science and b) denies climate change.
Citations please. Otherwise you are doing what I claim : taking both 'sides' of an 'argument' to claim a 'win'.
Why should \i believe that fortune tellers are scientific ? Any timeline for verificationj is dismissed as unimportant from the start ! And immediately after comes the appeal to 'believe' because what's the harm of that ? It's a safe thing to do !
Sorry. Those are emotional appeals typical of religious disputation.
Science BTW requires Testability. Occam's \razor still applies to this sort of thing. That which best explains a situation is the most likely - not certain - explanation.
Plus the hop from making a 'model' to forecasting from one is ignored as if of no importance.
It's like everything else : Garbage In = Garbage Out.
And yes, this article is little different in concept than the 8 popular a couple of years ago.
One little problem. 'Deniers' - who don't deny science but criticize the cartoon posing of fantasy as science ; like any other work of fiction - don't have to 'prove' anything except that AWG is unprovable hype !
You know where the collection of disputation is Kit
http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2010/03/climate.html
 

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Monday December 20, 2010, 7:36 pm
Sure, Gore donates all that money. It is called advertising investment. He makes his mega millions in the carbon credits market his hoax brought into existence. Government grants are also doled out to scientists that support the hoax because governments stand to gain huge new sources of revenue from the carbon taxes they are imposing on everything.

$75,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to what Gore and governments have shelled out to scientists supporting the hoax.

The winter of 2010-11 hasn't even gotten started good yet and Europe is waist deep in snow and more is forecast for the next two weeks, which is as far as they forecast into the future. Brazil also had record lows and snow in places that hadn't seen snow in 100 years this year.

First you have to accept the false premise that global warming is occurring, then realize that you can plant seeds in warm soil, but you cannot in soil that is below 45F degrees because seeds will NOT germinate below that temperature. "Raging wildfires, extreme water scarcity, expanding deserts, changing ecosystems. Heatwave deaths, the spread of deadly mosquito-borne diseases, growing dead zones in the oceans, death of healthy trees and other vegetation, coral extinction. War. Climate refugees. That’s only a small fraction of the projected consequences, but it’s surely more than enough." Ever one of those reasons are the result of human activity; poor land management, poor resources management and over population and have absolutely nothing to do with the changing climate or global warming.

Alarmist have tried to kill the climate change dragon since the hoax began, but just cannot accept that Mother Nature contributes 99.64% of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the total volume of those gases, including the small portion humans contribute are barely measured as trace elements in the atmosphere. If the total volume is only a trace, that would make human's contributions almost unmeasurable.

I can't believe they are still trying to pass off the "Hockey Stick" graph as being an accurate representation of temperature fluctuations. I can't even respond, all I can do is laugh.

 

Linda G (187)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 6:08 pm
I don't think it matters if global warming is or is not happening. What is important is that we are polluting ourselves off the planet, killing our oceans and all it's inhabitants, allowing fossil fuel harvesting to poison soil, water and air, allowing mega corporations to control our food supply. Plastics are choking our land fills and oceans, pesticides, herbicides, "convenience" products that are full of toxins are poisoning our drinking supply and we bicker about whether global warming is happening or not.
We need to get real, get concerned and clean up our act or our grandkids will be leading a pretty miserable existence.
 

pam w (139)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 6:15 pm
Linda's right...it's a terrible world we're leaving behind. We bear the entire burden of guilt for it, too.

But the ANTI-SCIENCE mob will continue to deny realities....if science is correct, many of the fundamentalist religious positions will crumble. Can't have THAT happen!
 

David C (196)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 8:08 pm
great post.
even for those who don't believe global climate change is anthropomorphic (one of my favorite words if I spelled it right), there are many many many other reasons to take better care of the earth.
 

Kit B (276)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 8:41 pm
Yep, Dave you did spell it correctly, it is a good word and fitting.
 

Dave Colorado (11)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 8:56 pm
IMAGINE A WORLD in which, instead of people wrongly/hatefully blaming 'hijackers' for damages which could not possibly have been caused by 'airliners' (or airliners), the ability to release virtually limitless energy, without pollution or radiation, as demonstrated at ""Ground Zero"" on 9/11, was used not just to raze skyscrapers but to raise our civilization to the next level...

Pass it on!
 

Mary L (132)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 9:27 pm
Love it - NOT! One of the smartest people I know is absolutely positive there is no such thing as climate change brought on by man's inhumanity to his home. Nothing will sway him and frankly I just don't talk to him about it any more. There are none so blind....
 

Sundeep Shah (0)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 11:34 pm
signed and noted
 

Sundeep Shah (0)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 11:54 pm
signed and noted
 

. (0)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 2:45 am
noted. ty Kit
 

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 3:13 am
Global warming debunkers are creating their own facts, all based on emotions or ignorance.
 

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 5:32 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Gary C (5)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 7:53 am
noted thankkyou....
 

tom Booth (84)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 7:53 am
very interesting points. Thanks for posting
 

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 9:41 am
Excellent, Linda G. We ARE killing our planet and we have no where else to go when it is dead. We can't do anything about climate change, but we can do something about all the poisons we are polluting the planet with. The climate has been changing for billions of years and it will continue to change for another 5.5 billion years and there is nothing we arrogant humans can do to stop it from changing. Quit wasting time, effort and money on stopping change and put it into preparing for climate change and cleaning up the mess we are making of our world.
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 9:50 am
Ah, but Ralph that is the goal. If we are to adapt to the changes that are unnatural by cleaning up what is soiled we must admit our own participation. The science that demonstrates how accumulation of CO2 in our atmosphere is a cause, is not created to fit a political agenda nor is it new. It is what it is - our long term ignorance and intention to make money for today and let the problems be dealt with later. Even if this were all some grand conspiracy - what possible harm can be done by focusing on our contrubuting behaviors? We have a possible win-win scenario, clean it up, create jobs, convert to clean, safe fuels, establish practices that will keep things clean.
 

Morris G. (18)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 10:27 am
Whether manmade (anthropomorphic) climate change is “real” is not the important issue. The real issue is whether we could do anything about it if it is in the near term. The answer to that is emphatically NO! Not possible. Believing otherwise is more ignorant than not believing in climate change.
No government decree is going to change the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere anytime soon or slow it down at a meaningful rate. Even the most aggressive IPCC proposals only reduce CO2 enough this century to “cool” the planet an insignificant 0.5C. And these proposals are not realistic. The effect that the necessary restrictions would have on regular people not to mention the less fortunate is huge. The loss of jobs, increased cost of living, etc, etc. “Green jobs” and a “green economy” are just slogans with no basis in reality – sort of like “hope and change.”
So should we do nothing? No, and we are not. For years companies and people have been working on practical alternatives for fossil fuels. Not just because of global warming of course but because fossil fuels are a finite resource and the cost of them will continue to climb. Whoever comes up with these solutions will be a very rich person or company. Can you say Bill Gates? Certainly as their price climbs over time this will quicken the pace. But to artificially skyrocket the cost of energy today is senseless especially since the actual effect on the climate would be insignificant and the pain would be considerable.
What we do know that the way they are configured currently, wind and solar power are not significantly useful answers, but the answer is out there. We also know that it will not be developed by a government. It will likely be an entrepreneurial enterprise, and no amount of government coercion will make it happen tomorrow.
In fact this is what I am most skeptical about. Whether governments want to invoke these new taxes and fees because of climate change or whether it is more about growing government power and control? I strongly suspect the latter.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 12:16 pm
Maybe you all should view the Youtube video about Haarp and what they are doing to contribute to global warming as well as many other scary things that most people have not a clue about. Go to Youtube and look up Paranormal Tv presents - Holes in heavens - Haarp and advances in Telsa Technology. This is an agency fully funded by the military as they seem so proud to admit - but in fact it is funded by the American taxpayer. If you are worried about many things that are happening these days - this is the worst of them all. You will see many scientists commenting negatively on this subject. If you are wondering why we have had so many tornadoes - flooding - earthquakes - tsunamis - hurricanes and unbearable scorching temperatures in many of your states over the last year - you need to see this video on youtube and then ask yourselves - who is in control of this? ..
 

Robert O (12)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 1:11 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 1:23 pm
Noted, thanks Kit. All the money in the world spent to deny the real facts aren't going to change them.
 

Colin Hope (243)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 1:55 pm
Noted!!
 
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