What About the Contrarians? A Guide

 

What about the Contrarians? A Guide

Fallacious claims of  climate contrarians /deniers /faux-skeptics along with attacks by the right-wing media and the fossil fuel industry against climate risk management actions and climate science are exposed below: 

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Articles on Contrarians

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Rebuttals of Contrarians

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INVESTIGATIONS CLEARING SCIENTISTS ("Climategate")

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CONTRARIAN NEWS ITEMS

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How to talk with contrarians - Video by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

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The Problem of Pseudoscience

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Bob Ward on Exxon Climate Misinformation

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Where can I get More Information on Contrarians?

There are many references and links to get reliable information on contrarians. A great resource is RealClimate's Wiki, which is “an index for debunking of various popular media occurrences of climate-related nonsense”.  HERE is the list of responses to common contrarian arguments at RealClimate. RealClimate is the go-to scientifically accurate website run by professional climatologists. A good summary of climate change denial on Wikipedia is HERE.

Other excellent sites debunking contrarians include Coby Beck’s How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic and Skeptical Science; these have organized lists of contrarian arguments and responses, and HERE is the Skeptical Science iphone app. More useful information refuting contrarian claims is at the UK Met Office, the Union of Concerned Scientists, DeltoiddeSmogBlog (which has a LIST of contrarians with background information), Grist, Prof. Stephen Schneider's websiteNERCEDFIsland of Doubt, Climate Science Watch, and Climate Progress.

More references / sources are in the Full Article.

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Bottom line on Contrarian Non-Risk-Management from Skeptical Science

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What's the Picture at the top? An instructive contrarian fallacy

The notorious contrarian comparison in the misleading picture at the top of the page with two graphs exhibits confusion manufactured by contrarians and provides an instructive example of contrarian fallacy. Contrarians use an apples-and-oranges comparison of the two graphs, which correspond to entirely different geographical regions, in a fraudulent argument that the current global warming over the last 30 years is not caused by humans..

Current global average temperatures are actually the hottest in 1,000 years and the current temperature trend is UP. Besides, there was no pronounced global "medieval warming period", contrary to the implication of the bottom graph. HERE are relevant data. A great video is HERE

Actually this contrarian argument, besides being wrong, is a red herring.

Attribution of the observed global warming trend over the last 30 years to human activity is done completely differently and has nothing to do with irrelevant old data, as explained HERE.

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Video on connecting tobacco science denial with climate science denial

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Last edit 29Nov2016

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