posted on Sep, 22 2013 @ 12:24 PM
This is a pretty well organized description of what we see from global warming deniers on ATS./
Stage 1: Deny the Problem Exists
Often when people are first faced with an inconvenient problem, the immediate reaction involves denying its existence. For a long time climate
contrarians denied that the planet was warming. Usually this involves disputing the accuracy of the surface temperature record, given that the data
clearly indicate rapid warming.
Or by cherry picking data, by looking at a single event, and comparing changes since.
Stage 2: Deny We're the Cause
Once people move beyond denying that the problem exists, they often move to the next stage, denying that we're responsible. John Christy and Roy
Spencer took this approach by disputing the accuracy of global climate models in The Daily Mail and The Christian Post, respectively. Spencer was
quite explicit about this:
Or they come up with wild theories that have no scientific backing, like the whole solar system is warming, it is not.
Stage 2b: Consensus Denial
In Murdoch's The Australian, Andrew Montford took a different approach to deny that we're the cause of the problem, attacking the expert consensus
on human-caused global warming. Specifically he attacked the Cook et al. (2013) study finding 97 percent consensus on this question in the
peer-reviewed scientific literature.
At this point, I think there is probably a conscious decision to deny what one does not want to believe. Some people would rather not face the
reality. I can understand this.
Stage 3: Deny It's a Problem
Once they've progressed through the first two stages and admitted global warming is happening and human-caused, contrarians generally move on to
Stage 3, denying it's a problem. Lomborg and Ridley did their best Tony the Tiger impressions in The Washington Post and Murdoch's Wall Street
Journal, respectively, arguing that global warming is 'Grrrrreat!' (or at least nothing to worry about).
I also think this is also a coping mechanism.
Stage 4: Deny We can Solve It
In his editorial, Roy Spencer bounced between the second and fourth stages of global warming denial, also claiming that solving the problem is too
expensive and will hurt the poor. In reality the opposite is true.
This one is where I am. I don't think we can fix this problem. It is too late, and more than anything, the political will is not there. The only
thing to do at this time is to prepare for what is coming.
Stage 5: It's too Late
Stage 5 global warming denial involves arguing that it's too late to solve the problem, so we shouldn't bother trying (though few climate
contrarians have reached this level). Unfortunately this stage can be self-fulfilling. If we wait too long to address the problem, we may end up
committing ourselves to catastrophic climate change.
IMO, if we want to address the problem, then we have to be realistic about what we can do at this point. Getting enough people to wake up and face
this reality is, again, IMO, the first step.