Dissecting the bad arguments on both sides of the climate debate.


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Dissecting the bad arguments on both sides of the climate debate.

What I find intriguing about Singer’s analysis is that the bad arguments from the global warming camp seem to come from noted scientists writing for the IPCC, while the bad arguments on the skeptical side mostly come from non-scientists on the fringes.

In either case, they remain bad arguments, but it is tragic that so many scientists participate in it.

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  • Garry

    It’s funny that the article ends with a quote from Paul Watson (“It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true”). When I started reading the article it occurred to me that my reaction to warmistas is similar to my reaction to Whale Wars, starring the very same Paul Watson (in fairness, I should acknowledge that he eventually split with Greenpeace).

    After watching several episodes of the show, I was so turned off by Watson and Company’s reckless tactics, and above all their misplaced sense of moral superiority, that I found myself pulling for the whalers, even though I’m not particularly pro-whaling and don’t much care for the whalers’ hypocrisy; i.e., “this is all for research.”

    Similarly, I’m very turned off by the warmistas’ reckless claims, and above all their misplaced sense of moral superiority, that in weaker moments I find myself readily swallowing the claims of the deniers.

    As you keep reminding us, Bob, that’s one of the most dangerous aspects of the warmistas crying wolf; nobody will believe them even if what they report is true.

    Thanks for providing lots of articles on climate change that help keep us on the straight and narrow.

  • Patrick Ritchie

    My favorite quote from the article:

    “I have concluded that we can accomplish very little with convinced warmistas and probably even less with true deniers. So we just make our measurements, perfect our theories, publish our work, and hope that in time the truth will out.”

    I am very quickly reaching the same conclusion, having religious arguments is rarely productive. We need to fund the science to improve our understanding of our climate.

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