Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Deniers of Climate Change Using the "consensus" as a Crutch

I'm certainly not the one on this blog to ask about climate change, but Joseph Romm's article in Salon today does a good job describing the ways that the term "consensus" about global warming is being misconstrued by deniers as an excuse, since they can find particular scientists who claim to disagree, or just completely make the claims up. It's mostly a semantic argument about the term "consensus" but, more interesting is Romm's link to Skeptical Science, a site which dissects in detail the common arguments against man made global warming. By using primarily hard science and math and avoiding political posturing, site creator John Cook succeeds in lucidly debunking a lot of the ignorant and simplistic arguments that block our ability to actually help slow the process.