Tired of what he calls “climate change deniers” and their continued insistence on repeating arguments long since debunked by scientists, California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a new site filled with rebuttals to this misinformation.
Much like Grist’s online reference “How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic”, Brown’s Office of Planning and Research lists off 14 popular denier talking points and how to answer them.
“In the past, deniers have contended (and some continue to argue) that the world is not warming,” the site reads. “Overwhelming amounts of data from throughout the world have made that argument so fallacious that the deniers have now shifted their contention; claiming that humans are not responsible for the warming.”
“Because the basic physics of greenhouse gases has been well-established, along with the fact that human activity has generated billions of tons of greenhouse gases, make this argument untenable, the denier argument has shifted further. Some deniers now concede that warming will occur, but that impacts will be minimal, and some argue that even if climate change will have impacts, it will cost too much for us to do anything about it. Of course, the cost of failing to act will be much higher.”
Said the 74-year-old Brown in a statement, “Those who still deny global warming’s existence should wake up and honestly face the facts.”
To see the full list of arguments and get yourself up to speed on the science behind climate change, visit the Governor’s climate change site here.
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