Friday, May 25, 2007

Arguing with a Denier? Here's Your Ammo

The people at RealClimate have saved us all a great deal of work by putting together a one-stop post for climate change information.

The article highlights key information for novices and experts alike, and also provides links for debunking the bogus arguments of skeptics. To their list, I would add the following two resources:

1. DeSmogBlog's Denier Database: offers a thorough and ongoing investigation of the 61 signatories to an anti-climate-change petition sent in April, '06 to Canada's Prime Minister. Supporters claim it is signed by "60 leading scientists." DeSmogBlog reports on their credentials and their connections (or their lack of connections) to the oil or tobacco industries.

2. SourceWatch: This is my first stop whenever a new anti-global warming claim hits the press. SourceWatch is a wiki environment documenting the PR and propaganda activities of public relations firms and public relations professionals engaged in managing and manipulating public perception, opinion and policy. It also includes profiles on think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests.

As any reasoning person knows, understanding who is making a specific claim can be as important as the claim itself. DeSmogBlog and SourceWatch provide two excellent sources for the background of key deniers, and for discovering who writes their pay cheques. RealClimate is THE blog for global warming science.

Happy debating!

5 comments:

Jeff said...

Great information, especially Source Watch. Discrediting these people is going to become even more important as the clock continues to tick.

E. R. Dunhill said...

Odiyya,
The point I keep coming back to on dissenting scientists is that of consensus. I don't know why some people seem to struggle with the fact that consensus is not the same thing as unanimity.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Association of American Geographers, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society (and many others) have all released statements that support the scientific basis of human influenced climate change. The only national-level scientific organization I know of in the US that has released a dissenting view is the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
If you (or your readers) know of any other national or international scientific organizations on either side, I'd be interested to hear about them.

-erd

Odiyya said...

I'm with you. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists is also the only org i know of to dispute that consensus.

Progressive said...

Consensus, unfortunately, is not what news organizations strive for. They look for the 50/50, the good vs. evil, the alter ego to the voice that seems true. There could be one dissenting voice on climate change and news organizations would still state both sides...regardless that this is science and this process of debate is what science does. I am a young scientists, currently researching climate effects as part of my masters thesis..and the best thing to do it seems is to just move on..the debate is truly over.

Derek Wall said...

Dear Conscious Earth,

thanks for this vital resource, you may be interested in this video from the British based David Frost show, where I argue on TV with notorious climate denier Chris Horner

http://www.randomvariable.co.uk/blog/2007/03/17/derek-wall-vs-chris-horner-on-youtube/#more-75