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June 24, 2012

Watts Up With That On "Deniers"

Anthony Watts has an excellent post on the use of the term "denier" as applied to skeptics of catastrophic manmade global warming.

It's from a reader comment on his site by Dr. Robert G. Brown of Duke University in response to a post on the journal Nature's use of the term and really must be read in its entirety. A sample:

On WUWT most of the skeptics do not “deny” AGW, certainly not the scientists or professional weather people (I myself am a physicist) and honestly, most of the non-scientist skeptics have learned better than that. What they challenge is the catastrophic label and the alleged magnitude of the projected warming on a doubling of CO_2. They challenge this on rather solid empirical grounds and with physical arguments and data analysis that is every bit as scientifically valid as that used to support larger estimates, often obtaining numbers that are in better agreement with observation. For this honest doubt and skepticism that the highly complex global climate models are correct you have the temerity to socially stigmatize them in a scientific journal with a catch-all term that implies that they are as morally reprehensible as those that “deny” that the Nazi Holocaust of genocide against the Jews?

For shame.

Thanks to Mama AJ in the morning open thread comments.






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