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Wow! A complete set of answers for climate skeptics.

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Here is a complete taxonomy of the arguments you’ll meet from climate skeptics, along with the refutation:

Below is a complete listing of the articles in “How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic,” a series by Coby Beck containing responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming. There are four separate taxonomies; arguments are divided by:

Individual articles will appear under multiple headings and may even appear in multiple subcategories in the same heading.

Stages of Denial

  1. There’s nothing happening
    1. Inadequate evidence
    2. Contradictory evidence
    3. No consensus
  2. We don’t know why it’s happening
    1. Models don’t work
    2. Prediction is impossible
    3. We can’t be sure
  3. Climate change is natural
    1. It happened before
    2. It’s part of a natural change
    3. It’s not caused by CO2
  4. Climate change is not bad
    1. The effects are good
    2. The effects are minor
    3. Change is normal
  5. Climate change can’t be stopped
    1. Too late
    2. It’s someone else’s problem
    3. Economically infeasible

Scientific Topics

  1. Temperature
  2. Atmosphere
  3. Extreme events
    1. Temperature records
    2. Storms
    3. Droughts
  4. Cryosphere
    1. Glaciers
    2. Sea ice
    3. Ice sheets
  5. Oceans
  6. Modeling
    1. Scenarios
    2. Uncertainties
  7. Climate forcings
    1. Solar influences
    2. Greenhouse gases
    3. Aerosols
  8. Paleo climate
    1. Holocene
    2. Ice ages
    3. Geologic history
  9. Scientific process

Types of Argument

  1. Uninformed
  2. Misinformed
  3. Cherry Picking
  4. Urban Myths
  5. FUD
  6. Non Scientific
  7. Underdog Theories
  8. Crackpottery

Levels of Sophistication

  1. Silly
  2. Naive
  3. Specious
  4. Scientific

Written by LeisureGuy

30 May 2007 at 8:26 am

Posted in Environment, Science

3 Responses

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  1. Here’s one that isn’t directly answered by any of the links above: you can’t trust scientists because they are all just grubbing for government grant money! I seriously have had repeated arguments with global warming nay-sayers who honestly believe this explains the phenomenon.

    scottfeldstein

    30 May 2007 at 8:40 am

  2. I’ve also heard that one. It’s a puzzler. Of course, with this administration, the big bucks are for those who will deny global warming.

    LeisureGuy

    30 May 2007 at 9:17 am

  3. Aha! An answer to the objection re: “money-grubbing scientists.”

    LeisureGuy

    30 May 2007 at 9:45 am


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