Thursday, December 30, 2010
Simple rebuttals to global warming denier talking points — with links to the full climate science
Progressives should know the most commonly used arguments by the disinformers and doubters — and how to answer them.
You should know as much of the science behind those rebuttals as possible, and a great place to start is SkepticalScience.com. BUT most of the time your best response is to give the pithiest response possible, and then refer people to a specific website that has a more detailed scientific explanation with links to the original science. That’s because usually those you are talking to are rarely in a position to adjudicate scientific arguments. Indeed, they would probably tune out. Also, unless you know the science cold, you are as likely as not to make a misstatement.
Physicist John Cook has done us a great service by posting good one-line responses, which I repost with links below. For instance, if somebody raises the standard talking point that the climate has changed before, you can say, “Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.” That it is actually quite similar to my standard response, “The climate changes when it is forced to change, and now humans are forcing it to change far more rapidly than in the past”. Working in the “humans are now the dominant forcing” part is a good idea.
Read the original article here