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The same science deniers tell the same lies and many still believe. I do not like being lied to. How about you?

Fill in the parentheses with: ozone hole, acid rain, or global warming. This is the playbook of science deniers.

“There is no ( ).”

“OK. There is ( ) but it is natural and is not caused by humans.”

“OK. There is ( ) and humans are causing it BUT ( ) will not be bad.”

“OK. There is ( ) caused by humans but we will ruin the economy if we try to fix it.”

The above lines show how science deniers have shifted their arguments against taking action on a variety of environmental issue as more and more evidence against their claims came in.

Of course, humans caused the ozone hole and we fixed it with financial benefit.

Of course, humans caused acid rain and we passed a sulfur cap and trade market that fixed it with little cost. The Dept. of Energy estimates that the cost to limit emissions ended up being a mere 0.6 percent of the polluters operating expenses.

Of course, humans are causing global warming and the costs of inaction could be many trillions and what price do we put on our children and their children? Addressing climate change now secures our economic, health, and national security. Mitigating heat-trapping carbon saves us money in the long run! Waiting increases risks across many sectors of society and increases costs considerably.

I recommend reading Merchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway. You will see that the same handful of paranoid science deniers are using the same playbook that Big Tobacco used so effectively for many years to confuse the public about important issues such as ozone depletion, acid rain, and now human-caused global warming.

Do not buy the snake oil. Listen to what the overwhelming majority of climate scientists, health experts, insurers, and the military are telling you. We need to take action now.

I do not like being lied to and I bet you do not like it either.

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bob young August 22, 2012 at 07:41 PM
here is an excellent article written by Christopher Monckton (who was a founder of the UK chapter of Greenpeace) discussing the politicization of climate science of which scott has fallen prey to http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/the-6-quadrillion-cost-of-the-climate-scam/
jonathan winant August 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Anything to do with Greenpeace is not worth listening to!
bob young August 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM
he is no longer involved with greenpeace because he and I both agree with you. greempeace took a sharp turn to the left about 20 yrs ago and is a now political movement and not an environmental movement.
Paul Kersey October 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Mann has filed suit against NRO: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/23/breaking-mann-has-filed-suit-against-nro/ The discovery process should be interesting.
bob young October 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Mann is a fraud. I wouldnt have compared him to Jerry Sandusky however. I think Berniew Madoff wouldve been more appropriate, since they are two scammers

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