Why do climate change denialists think that global warming and climate change is all just a hoax? Who do they believe will benefit from such a hoax?
The answer given by www.globalwarminghoax.com is: “many people, from an ex-Vice President to the head of the UN’s IPCC to every scientist receiving grant money to research it.”
It’s laughable that this is the best they can come up with. Are they seriously suggesting that all the data published and recorded around the world has been made up by a handful of scientists trying to protect their jobs?
So, as part of the hoax, what are climate scientists suggesting we do? Give all our money to them so they can live it up in their research labs? No, far worse. They want us to think about renewable energy! What?!? They want resources to be used sustainably. How dare they? They want our buildings to be more energy efficient. Ridiculous.
Don’t we need to do those things, anyway? The oil will run out at some stage. And it would be nice if we didn’t cut down every tree we can find.
The hoax angle is neatly summed up by the following Joel Pett cartoon:
Copyright 2009 Joel Pett in USA Today. Posted with permission.
The press does not help. In the UK, we’ve had a couple of bad winters. So what do the press decide to do? They have a “do you believe in global warming?” survey. Such surveys do not seem to happen when the weather is warmer than normal…
One of the key people asserting that the IPCC data is exaggerated or wrong is our favourite hereditary peer, Viscount Monckton.
The Guardian’s George Monbiot labelled Monckton arguments as “cherry-picking, downright misrepresentation and pseudo-scientific gibberish”. Take a few minutes to read this article – it’s a great summary of Monkton’s inaccuracies and how he distorts the facts; from comparing graphs with different scales to quoting historical myths that have long since been discredited.
Monckton’s tactics to deal with people who disagree with his theories are decidedly unscientific. When John Abraham of the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, produced a presentation debunking Monckton’s arguments, Monckton responded by urging his supporters to flood Abraham’s university with emails demanding it start a disciplinary inquiry. Monbiot’s article “Monckton’s response to John Abraham is magnificently bonkers” is also well worth a read.
Attempting to unscientifically silence your critics is a sure fire way to lose the “it’s all just a hoax” argument.
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