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Slate: ‘Climate Change Denial Is Purely, 100% Made-Up Political And Corporate-Sponsored Crap’

By Joe Romm  

"Slate: ‘Climate Change Denial Is Purely, 100% Made-Up Political And Corporate-Sponsored Crap’"

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So Slate had the wisdom to whisk Phil Plait and his “Bad Astronomy” blog away from Discover. That means Slate readers now learn things like:

The claim that there’s been no global warming for the past 16 years. This is blatantly untrue, a ridiculous and obviously false statement.

Sure, folks can get that here — see “Video And Charts Make Clear The Planet Is Still Warming.” But then not everyone reads Climate Progress, I’ve been told.

Slate certainly has a significant readership, folks who I hope take to heart Plait’s blunt conclusion:

So let this be clear: There is no scientific controversy over this. Climate change denial is purely, 100 percent made-up political and corporate-sponsored crap. When the loudest voices are fossil-fuel funded think tanks, when they don’t publish in science journals but instead write error-laden op-eds in partisan venues, when they have to manipulate the data to support their point, then what they’re doing isn’t science.

Now all Slate needs to do is drop confusionist Bjorn Lomborg, and they’ll actually be unconfusing their readership on climate science.

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9 Responses to Slate: ‘Climate Change Denial Is Purely, 100% Made-Up Political And Corporate-Sponsored Crap’

  1. Jack Burton says:

    One thing is for sure, the deniers are all over the internet and they have a long list of “talking Points” which they repeat over and over again.
    Look at any climate or weather story in an online version of any newspaper. Or check the comments section to any reputable blog that may have a climate of weather story. You can find a legion of posts, all using the same talking points.
    When all else fails, like someone debunks there talking points effectively. Then they resort to their old stand by, calling the poster a few choice swear words and a liberal idiot. Liberal is the key word when science and data fail the typical denier.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Pseudo-scientific lies and misrepresentations and smear are all they ever had. Yet, so morally and intellectually corrupt are Western capitalist societies, they have won, and delayed and derailed all proper action to save their own species, right up to now, with no prospect of action anywhere in sight. That’s a really pathetic obituary for a species that had the hubris to call itself ‘sapiens’, not once, but twice, for Gawd’s sake!

  2. Jeff Poole says:

    I’ll admit it. I’ve had SO much fun trolling Denier pages on Facebook.

    When I first travelled around WA an elderly farmer we were staying with took us into the bush. All unsuspecting I almost walked straight over a meat ant nest. He stopped me, told me to watch and then skipped daintily over it.

    The eruption of angry ants was spectacular.

    Trolling on climate denialist pages is something very similar to what that sprightly 80-something did. I’m enjoying standing back and watching the eruption of nonsense – and homophobia in my case, as they always check my profile!

    It’s just like a pus volcano!

  3. LFP says:

    Phil Plait is great, but it’s hardly consolation for the anti-environmental turn that Slate has taken lately. Not just Bjorn Lomborg, but they have also hired confusionists/concern trolls Jon Entine and Keith Kloor as well.

    It’s a sad day when even the liberal media starts aping corporate spin.

  4. DanB says:

    I read the latest Lomborg piece at Slate. The comments lined up against him. Phil Plait’s piece is currently at 1,300 comments! Most comments favor Plait but even more telling is how many of the negative comments are the same people over and over and over.

    If the number of comments any single person could make to two you’d have 80% or more of the comments in favor of Plait’s piece. Reflect on that!

  5. Veronica Torina says:

    I lived in Bakersfield, CA for many years and it was while living there that I became more dedicated to environmentalism for the climate of denial there was dumbfounding. Central CA has some of the worst air quality in the country (an unholy admixture of grey and brown,) and yet roads and highways are congested with enormous pick-up trucks and SUVs and if you point this out to people you will likely get a Pollyanna response. Like an alcoholic family, the denial seems to be more entrenched the worse things get!

  6. Ray Kondrasuk says:

    Potholer54 posted an 8-minute video about Phil Jones’ supposed admission that there has been no recent global warming:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PWDFzWt-Ag&list=PLA4F0994AFB057BB8&index=9