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Contrarian arguments with responses

Skeptics and denialists have come up with a lot of distorting arguments that keep getting recycled. Here are some of them, and some brief response and links fuller ones based on climate science.

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It's not happening
Temp record is unreliable
It's cooling
Ice isn't melting
Climategate CRU emails suggest conspiracy
Sea level rise is exaggerated
There is no consensus
Springs aren't advancing
Melting ice isn't warming the Arctic

It's not us
There's no empirical evidence
Increasing CO2 has little to no effect
Climate's changed before
There's no correlation between CO2 and temperature
It's the sun
Other planets are warming
It's the ocean
CO2 is not the only driver of climate
Humans are too insignificant to affect global climate
Models are unreliable
Extreme weather isn't caused by global warming
Mt. Kilimanjaro's ice loss is due to land use
Nuclear testing is causing global warming

It's not bad
Climate sensitivity is low
Animals and plants can adapt
Greenland ice sheet won't collapse
CO2 is not a pollutant
Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated
Greenland has only lost a tiny fraction of its ice mass
It's only a few degrees

It's too hard
CO2 limits will harm the economy
CO2 limits will hurt the poor
CO2 limits will make little difference
Renewables can't provide baseload power
It's not urgent

Scientists predicted "global cooling" in the 1970s and that never happened (so we should not believe contemporary scientific claims about global warming).
Scientists were actually predicting global warming even back then.

The Antarctic Ice Is Growing
Yes, but it doesn't mean what the skeptics would like us to believe.

by Barnhill, David L. last modified Dec 03, 2015 09:18 AM expired
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