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Newsflash: The fightback campaign against skeptics

Posted By JoNova On April 18, 2010 @ 6:02 am In Global Warming | Comments Disabled

George Monbiot

The advocates of man-made global warming are getting “sick of reading” all the comments by the masses of   skeptical public citizens.

They’re desperate enough to try to rally the troops in Blog Comment Land. They must be hurting.

Are you fed up with sceptics and pseudo-scientists dominating blogs and news articles with their denialist propaganda? Well, fight back! We are trying to create an online army of online volunteers to try and tip the balance back in the favour of scientific fact, not scientific fiction.

To sign up, just enter your e-mail address on their site.

Lucky you, you’ll get a message every day pointing you to climate change news articles where teams of coordinated unskeptical people might congregate to repeat the same messages you’ve heard every day for the last 20 years. Somehow AGW advocates hope these same messages will still work after their leading heroes were caught saying “pretty awful things” in e-mails. Somehow they feel sure people will be motivated to help scientists who hide parts of graphs, lose records, and leave out caveats and uncertainties in the megadocuments our tax dollars pay for.

There’s any number of angles you might want to take but pointing out that the vast majority of climate scientists are sure that man made climate change is happening is not a bad one.

Their suggested Step One: Argue from Authority.

Or how the fossil fuel companies are funding “think-tanks” whose job it is is to try and undermine the science of climate change.

Step Two: Go for the ad hom. Smear! Smear! Smear!

Or ..(I could go on forever). You’ve probably got lots to say already (so much truth to tell…) but you can also use the links on our Links page to back up your argument, or any of the further information on our Sceptics page.

Step 3: After the illogical stuff, and the bullying, then maybe you can consider some science.

One last suggestion from us – you can also consider going onto the offensive and explain that the real uncertainty about man-made climate change is not whether its happening but how fast its happening and that in fact there is increasing evidence that the mainstream science of the IPCC is actually underestimating the scale and imminence of the threat. See our Climate Emergency page and the links at the bottom.

While they recommend being offensive, I recommend good manners.

(BTW, my links page has some handy resources, and my index page will help you find topics I’ve written about; these are listed in the top right-hand column of every post).

It’s also better to think for yourself, instead of cutting and pasting baseless arguments contributing to a banker-and-bureaucrat propaganda campaign.

Remember: everyone makes a difference. And if course you can unsubscribe at any time.

The Campaign against Climate Change is run by George Monbiot, Liberal Democrat, Labour, and Green party MP’s, as well as a few journalists.

Michael Meacher MP Michael Meacher MP (Labour, Oldham West and Royton), Minister of State for the Environment: May 1997 – June 2003
Norman Baker MP Norman Baker MP (Liberal Democrats, Lewes), Environment Spokesperson
Caroline Lucas MEP Caroline Lucas MEP (Green Party, South-East)

H/t Barry Woods.

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