Some myths pushed by the anti-science crowd are so laughably backwards that repeating them should be grounds for expulsion from homo “sapiens.” And so it is with the doubly wrong claim that progressives are now using the term ‘climate change’ because the planet has supposedly stopped warming.
Of course, it hasn’t actually stopped warming (see “Global Warming Has Accelerated In Past 15 Years, New Study Of Oceans Confirms“).
But since the deniers make up stuff about the science, why shouldn’t they make up stuff about everything else?
Indeed, it is conservatives who typically change the names of things, as in refusing to say “Democratic” but only “Democrat” and insisting on “death tax” rather than “estate tax,” even though only big estates are taxed, not death.
That latter switch was championed by the GOP’s spinmaster, Frank Luntz, who, as it turns out, also championed switching from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’ in 2003. Scientists, environmentalists, progressives, and frankly the whole darn planet have always used both terms — hence the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established in 1988.
It’s time for us to start talking about “climate change” instead of global warming and “conservation” instead of preservation. 1) “Climate change” is less frightening than “global warming”. As one focus group participant noted, climate change “sounds like you’re going from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale.” While global warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge.
Media Matters has a new video out (by John Kerr) responding to the latest Faux News effort to push this phony conspiracy:
Media Matters further notes:
The term “climate change” was used long before Luntz’s memo, particularly in the scientific literature. For instance, a 1970 paper published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was titled “Carbon Dioxide and its Role in Climate Change” and discussed how emissions of carbon dioxide warm the atmosphere.
I use both terms, though, as I’ve said many times, I prefer “Hell and High Water,” since is more descriptive of what is to come — see “How We Know Inaction Is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces.”
Others prefer “Global Weirding.” Whatever you call it, it ain’t gonna be pretty.
Finally, Peter Sinclair also has a video debunking this myth showing just how far back the term “climate change” goes: