The techniques of those who deny climate change

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In fact, they are not unbelievers, they lie, deliberately. They are mad.

And they are criminals.

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… Fear of pushback from climate change deniers is a major contributor to climate silence.
An insidious aspect of misinformation is its potential to cancel out accurate information. …

You hear my pain. Here’s a breakdown of the BS arguments that get endless repeated as people deliberately refuse to learn from the facts:

Climate Myths sorted by taxonomy
Skeptical Science
(at the link you’ll find links attached every item that share the details of the deception compared to the reality of what scientists have learned

  • It’s not happening
    • Temp record is unreliable
      • Hockey stick is broken
        • Tree-rings diverge from temperature after 1960
        • Ljungqvist broke the hockey stick
      • Dropped stations introduce warming bias
      • It’s Urban Heat Island effect
      • 1934 - hottest year on record
      • It’s microsite influences
      • Satellite error inflated Great Lakes temperatures
      • Satellite record is more reliable than thermometers
    • It’s cooling
      • We’re heading into an ice age
      • It’s freaking cold!
        • Record snowfall disproves global warming
          • Record high snow cover was set in winter 2008/2009
        • 2009-2010 winter saw record cold spells
      • Oceans are cooling
      • It hasn’t warmed since 1998
      • Phil Jones says no global warming since 1995
      • Global warming stopped in 1998, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2010, ???
        • BEST hides the decline in global temperature
        • No warming in 16 years
      • DMI show cooling Arctic
      • We’re heading into cooling
    • Ice isn’t melting
      • Antarctica is gaining ice
        • Antarctica is too cold to lose ice
      • Glaciers are growing
      • Greenland is gaining ice
        • Ice Sheet losses are overestimated
      • Arctic icemelt is a natural cycle
        • Arctic sea ice has recovered
          • Arctic sea ice loss is matched by Antarctic sea ice gain
          • Arctic sea ice loss in the 1940s was similar to today’s
          • Arctic sea ice extent was lower in the past
        • Northwest passage has been navigated in the past
        • Arctic Storm Caused the 2012 Record Sea Ice Minimum
      • Southern sea ice is increasing
    • Climategate CRU emails suggest conspiracy
      • Trenberth can’t account for the lack of warming
      • Scientists tried to ‘hide the decline’ in global temperature
      • Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were ignored
      • Peer review process was corrupted
        • Climate science peer review is pal review
      • CRU tampered with temperature data
      • Skeptics were kept out of the IPCC?
    • Sea level rise is exaggerated
      • Sea level rise is decelerating
        • Sea level fell in 2010
      • Sea level is not rising
      • Tuvalu sea level isn’t rising
    • There is no consensus
      • IPCC is alarmist
        • IPCC were wrong about Amazon rainforests
        • IPCC were wrong about Himalayan glaciers
          • Himalayan glaciers are not shrinking
        • IPCC overestimate temperature rise
        • IPCC ‘disappeared’ the Medieval Warm Period
        • The IPCC consensus is phoney
        • IPCC graph showing accelerating trends is misleading
        • IPCC edited out natural causes of climate change
        • IPCC human-caused global warming attribution confidence is unfounded
        • IPCC global warming projections were wrong
      • Al Gore got it wrong
      • Less than half of published scientists endorse global warming
      • 500 scientists refute the consensus
      • Naomi Oreskes’ study on consensus was flawed
      • The science isn’t settled
      • They changed the name from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’
      • Over 31,000 scientists signed the OISM Petition Project
      • Climate ‘Skeptics’ are like Galileo
      • Royal Society embraces skepticism
      • The 97% consensus on human-caused global warming is a robust result
      • 97% consensus on human-caused global warming has been disproven
    • Climate scientists are in it for the money
    • Springs aren’t advancing
    • Melting ice isn’t warming the Arctic
  • It’s not us
    • There’s no empirical evidence
    • Increasing CO2 has little to no effect
      • CO2 is just a trace gas
      • CO2 has a short residence time
      • CO2 effect is saturated
        • Postma disproved the greenhouse effect
      • Greenhouse effect has been falsified
      • 2nd law of thermodynamics contradicts greenhouse theory
      • Venus doesn’t have a runaway greenhouse effect
      • CO2 only causes 35% of global warming
      • Removing all CO2 would make little difference
    • Climate’s changed before
      • Medieval Warm Period was warmer
      • Greenland was green
      • We’re coming out of the Little Ice Age
        • Akasofu Proved Global Warming is Just a Recovery from the Little Ice Age
      • CO2 was higher in the past
        • CO2 was higher in the late Ordovician
        • Plant stomata show higher and more variable CO2 levels
      • Arctic was warmer in 1940
      • It’s a 1500 year cycle
      • It’s a climate regime shift
        • It’s a climate shift step function caused by natural cycles
      • It’s a natural cycle
        • It’s internal variability
        • Loehle and Scafetta find a 60 year cycle causing global warming
      • It warmed just as fast in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940
      • Most of the last 10,000 years were warmer
      • Humans survived past climate changes
      • Heatwaves have happened before
    • There’s no correlation between CO2 and temperature
      • It cooled mid-century
      • CO2 lags temperature
        • Warming causes CO2 rise
        • CO2 increase is natural, not human-caused
      • It warmed before 1940 when CO2 was low
      • We didn’t have global warming during the Industrial Revolution
      • Soares finds lack of correlation between CO2 and temperature
      • An exponential increase in CO2 will result in a linear increase in temperature
    • It’s the sun
      • It’s cosmic rays
        • CERN CLOUD experiment proved cosmic rays are causing global warming
      • Solar Cycle Length proves its the sun
      • The sun is getting hotter
      • Water levels correlate with sunspots
      • Solar cycles cause global warming
      • A grand solar minimum could trigger another ice age
    • Other planets are warming
      • Neptune is warming
      • Mars is warming
      • Jupiter is warming
      • Pluto is warming
    • It’s the ocean
      • It’s El Niño
      • It’s Pacific Decadal Oscillation
    • CO2 is not the only driver of climate
      • It’s soot
      • It’s aerosols
        • A drop in volcanic activity caused warming
      • It’s ozone
      • It’s methane
        • Animal agriculture and eating meat are the biggest causes of global warming
          • Veganism is the best way to reduce carbon emissions
      • It’s land use
      • It’s albedo
      • It’s satellite microwave transmissions
      • It’s waste heat
      • It’s CFCs
      • Water vapor is the most powerful greenhouse gas
        • Water vapor in the stratosphere stopped global warming
      • It’s global brightening
    • Humans are too insignificant to affect global climate
      • Human CO2 is a tiny % of CO2 emissions
        • CO2 is coming from the ocean
        • Volcanoes emit more CO2 than humans
        • CO2 emissions do not correlate with CO2 concentration
        • Breathing contributes to CO2 buildup
        • Murry Salby finds CO2 rise is natural
      • CO2 is not increasing
        • CO2 measurements are suspect
          • Mauna Loa is a volcano
    • Models are unreliable
      • Climate is chaotic and cannot be predicted
      • Ice age predicted in the 70s
      • Scientists can’t even predict weather
      • There’s no tropospheric hot spot
        • Satellites show no warming in the troposphere
      • Hansen’s 1988 prediction was wrong
        • Hansen predicted the West Side Highway would be underwater
      • UAH atmospheric temperatures prove climate models and/or surface temperature data sets are wrong
    • Extreme weather isn’t caused by global warming
      • Hurricanes aren’t linked to global warming
      • The connection between Hurricane Sandy and global warming
      • Climate change isn’t increasing extreme weather damage costs
    • Wildfires are not caused by global warming
    • Mt. Kilimanjaro’s ice loss is due to land use
    • Nuclear testing is causing global warming
  • It’s not bad
    • Climate sensitivity is low
      • Earth hasn’t warmed as much as expected
      • Infrared Iris will reduce global warming
      • Lindzen and Choi find low climate sensitivity
      • Positive feedback means runaway warming
      • Humidity is falling
      • Clouds provide negative feedback
      • Roy Spencer finds negative feedback
      • Schmittner finds low climate sensitivity
      • Tropical thermostat limits sea surface temperature to 30°C
      • No long tail means climate sensitivity is low
    • Animals and plants can adapt
      • Polar bear numbers are increasing
    • Greenland ice sheet won’t collapse
    • CO2 is not a pollutant
      • CO2 is plant food
      • Ocean acidification isn’t serious
        • Corals are resilient to bleaching
    • Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated
      • Scientists retracted claim that sea levels are rising
      • Coral atolls grow as sea levels rise
    • Greenland has only lost a tiny fraction of its ice mass
    • It’s only a few degrees
  • It’s too hard
    • CO2 limits will harm the economy
      • Climate change solutions are too expensive
      • Renewable energy is too expensive
        • Renewable energy investment kills jobs
    • CO2 limits will hurt the poor
    • CO2 limits will make little difference
      • CO2 limits won’t cool the planet
    • Renewables can’t provide baseload power
    • It’s not urgent

End Game (2011)

The establishment climatology community has come under attack and minute examination; an attack founded on political principles rather than a good faith desire for better understanding.
We have science associations, insurance associations, international bankers, military leaders and many more who have examined the issue with a skeptical eye tempered by responsibility. All accept the consensus of climatology experts. Shouldn’t that tell a skeptic something?

What these military experts are saying is that according to their own evaluation of all available scientific evidence backed by their own years of experience in the evaluation of information, climate change poses a security threat to the USA. It’s possible that this evaluation is wrong but, as with any good risk manager, the military doesn’t put all their eggs in the low probability “consensus is wrong” basket and hope for the best. >

Quite the opposite, in fact: the military plans for all possible scenarios, including the worst case. The question is, why isn’t the US government doing the same? By failing to plan for the worst case, and even for the most likely scenarios, they are putting our welfare and security at risk.

I tried connecting with a friend’s husband, knowing he is a crank, we managed for a few weeks, but he had, IN HIGH SCHOOL, done a paper on the “ice age is coming” thing. He could not let go of that. He said I was discounting science. The other day I heard a YouTube talking about this very thing and how, at the time, there were an overwhelming number of scientific papers saying the opposite. But, I don’t always have the facts I need when I need them, and I doubt it will make any difference to him anyway.

Anyway.

A couple of years ago, we saw in an unusually public manner, that the administration and congress don’t directly control the military. It’s better when all of them are in alignment, but military people understand that their oath is to the Constitution, not the current person sitting in any particular seat. Well, maybe not all of them. Anyway.

What I think we’ve lost recently, and it took a few decades, is the idea that after a politician wins their position, they now govern for everyone, not just the ones that voted for them, or worse, the ones who paid for them. The campaign and the horse race have become the goal instead of conducting the business of the country

That’s true enough. This next two years will be interesting watching how much vandalism the radical extreme right wing will be able to inflict on the House of Representatives and country in general.