Tag Archives: climate change denial

Merchants of Doubt: Sowing the (Tobacco) Seeds of Denial

Doctors recommend cigarettes even as the science exposes the health risks of smoking cigarettes

Climate change and the war of communication From the introduction of snow balls on the floor of the Senate as “scientific evidence” that global warming isn’t happening to smear campaigns aimed at actual climate scientists, the real battle over climate change is one of narrative, not science. “The one thing we’ve learned,”says Robert Kenner, director of the upcoming documentary Merchants of Doubt, “is that when you explain …

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EarthTalk: Who is Still in Denial about Climate Change?

Lamar Smith is a leading congressional climate denier

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Are there still outspoken global warming deniers in Congress or the mainstream media? If so, what do they say when presented with scientific facts and anecdotal evidence pointing to an increasingly warming atmosphere? – Ben Charles, Cary, NC Given the preponderance of data showing …

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Climate Reality or Climate Denial: Which Makes More Sense?

We spotted this poster image from Occupy Posters asking the question Which makes more sense?  Climate denial clings hard and fast to the notion of a grand conspiracy of environmentalists and virtually all of the world’s climate scientists to fool everyone else into believing the global warming is real. But does that really seem like the most plausible scenario in a world of melting ice, rising …

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Searching for Hope in the Wake of the Midterm Climate Fiasco

Maintaining hope in the face of an onslaught of money and denial in the 2014 midterm elections

For all those who support climate action, it is hard to find a reason to hope in the wake of the 2014 midterms. The fact that most of the new slate of Republicans deny the scientific consensus on climate change and support fossil fuels warrants our despair. President Obama cautions us to avoid cynicism. As Obama said in a recent mailing to his supporters: …

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The Complicated Environmental Alliances in the 2014 Midterms

Earth taken before its time. Will anything change in the 2014 midterm elections?

The US midterms are right are around the corner, but an analysis of environmental alliances shows the situation is far more complicated in 2014 than it was in previous election cycles. As the political theater unfolds, the clock is ticking down and we are rapidly running out of time to curb emissions and reign in climate change. While some things have changed in 2014, …

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U.S. Climate Denial Will Not Die Quietly

Leave climate change deniers to the lunatic fringe

Those engaged in efforts to enlighten climate deniers can learn a great deal from the long history of the anti-evolution movement. Almost one hundred years ago this month, a young high school teacher by the name of John Thomas Scopes went on trial for teaching Darwinian evolution. To this day, the science of evolution has been under siege. Climate denial is like resistance to evolution in that it is an irrational position rooted in faith rather …

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How New Narratives can Help us to Overcome Obstacles to Climate Change Action

To overcome the obstacles to climate change action we need to see past our tendency to selfishness and embrace our ability for altruism

  By incorporating some basic issues into a new climate narrative, we can begin to move forward. There are a plethora of reasons why our current narratives prevent us from acting on climate change, not the least of which is the fact that we spend far too much time debating the veracity of the science rather than tackling important  policy issues. The science is settled, …

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