The real purpose of active climate change deniers is to create doubt in the minds of people.
By Dr. John J. Hidore
January 27, 2016—Ever since the Kyoto Conference of 1997 there has been a well-organized and vigorous campaign to deny the findings and actions of that conference. Of the active deniers of global warming, the majority are not scientists. They are conservative journalists, writers, and people paid to prepare literature, TV and newspaper ads. They are also representatives of corporations that want to protect profits. With decades of rising temperatures, some have grudgingly admitted that the planet may be warming, but insist it is due to natural causes. These deniers try to convince us that it is useless to do anything about climate change. Politicians that express denial repeatedly vote against limiting carbon emissions!
How to Deny the Existence of Climate Change
The book “Climate Change: The Facts” was published in 2015 by the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne, Australia. It is edited by Alan Moran and consists of essays by 23 contributors who are known for their conservative beliefs and for being climate change deniers. Anyone wanting information on how to deny the existence of climate change can find support here. It is literally a resource handbook for climate change deniers!
The Deniers vs. the Real World
Following are a few topics discussed in this book. The “real world” facts presented here are currently accepted by the general population and the majority of scientists:
A. The deniers: There is no evidence of global warming this century.
B. The real world: Temperature records go back to 1880. The warmest year globally in the twentieth century was 1998. That year began a period of unusually high annual temperatures. The 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. The warmest year for the earth was 2014. It should be pointed out that not every location had record high temperatures at any one time. Recent data shows 2015 was warmer than 2014. The increase over 2014 was the largest annual temperature increase on record.
A. The deniers: 150 years of data is not long enough to support the possibility of climate change.
B. The real world: Most of the global population growth has been in the last 150 years. The seven billion plus people now on earth must deal with the climate of the current time on a daily basis. The huge changes over geologic time are not the current problem.
A. The deniers: There has never been a public debate about climate change
B. The real world: Debate over global warming began in the late 1800’s. There have been many, many conferences including scientists and many reports including scientific data. It is necessary only to mention the Kyoto conference of 1997, the IPCC reports every seven years, and the Paris conference (COP21) of 2015. Each and every one of these involved debate over the issues.
A. The deniers: Greenhouse gases are not unusually high. They have been much higher in the past.
B. The real world: The concentration of greenhouse gases has grown rapidly since the beginning of the industrial revolution. They are now at the highest level in thousands of years. The most rapid growth has been during the lifespan of those now living on the planet.
A. The deniers: It is stated that the suggestion that we are facing a global catastrophe due to climate change is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on mankind.
B. The real world: For many of Earth’s people, global warming and climate change is now life changing, if not a catastrophe.
A. The deniers: Sea Level is not rising, the island nations are sinking.
B. The real world: Global warming and climate change affect all of planet Earth. Among the areas that are already severely impacted are the island nations of Kirabati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, and Tuvalu. Changing wind patterns, more severe storms, salt water intrusions, and rising sea level are currently creating substantial physical and economic problems for the islands. These islands have climate change problems now that may make many of the islands uninhabitable long before they disappear below the rising sea. Some have already been abandoned and others may be uninhabitable within 20 years. Scientific projections suggest that sea level will rise from two to as much as seven feet by 2100. If the rise in sea level reaches even the conservative estimates these nations will simply cease to exist.
Denying Climate Change=Denying Rational Thought
The real purpose of active climate change deniers is to create doubt in the minds of people. What can be stated with some certainty is that this book contains a litany of arguments for denying climate change, some that defy rational thought!