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by Franke James
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“Scientific truth” alone is not enough to sway public opinion. We must not stand by in silence while fossil-fuel climate change deniers confuse the public and dissuade our policy makers from taking the urgent actions needed to fight global warming. Join me in the climate war – for the sake of future generations and the planet.
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“How many climate denialist attackers could you fight off?” Quiz ©2012 Franke James
Writing and photo-illustrations by Franke James (see exceptions below)
Inspiration for this zany quiz came from the brilliant Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal.
Quiz Programming: Billiam James
Wikimedia: Official photo Joe Barton
Wikimedia: Governor Rick Perry of Texas photo by Gage Skidmore, June 2011.
Wikimedia: Sarah Palin photo by Therealbs, 2008.
Assorted istockphotos: dinosaur, snake, wasp, zebra.
James Inhofe on Fox News Video:
Video clip shown is an excerpt from the 5 minute Fox News interview on 06/29/09:Sen. Inhofe On Global Warming: ‘This Thing Is Phony’ Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) repeats his claim that global warming is a hoax and calls for a criminal investigation into the EPA.
In Alphabetical Order
Joe Barton: Rep. Barton, a longtime ally of Sen. James (“The Greatest Hoax”) Inhofe, Vows to Block Congressional Carbon Caps See also “‘Smokey’ Joe Barton Calls Global Warming Science ‘Absolute Nonsense,’ Vows To Fight CO2 Caps”
John Christy: “Catastrophic warming doesn’t look like it’s in the future at all.”
Richard Lindzen: “If I’m wrong, we’ll know it in 50 years and can do something.” Source: New York Times
James Inhofe article: Guardian Headline: US Senate’s top climate sceptic accused of waging ‘McCarthyite witch-hunt’
James Inhofe Quote: “this 97% [of climate scientists accepting human-caused global warming], that doesn’t mean anything. I named literally thousands of scientists on the floor… and these were top people.” Source: Rachel Maddow show
Climate Scientist Hero “97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming.”
Rick Perry: “Just because you have a group of scientists who stood up and said here is the fact. Galileo got outvoted for a spell.” Source: IB Times
Sarah Palin Quote 1: “global warming studies…(is) a bunch of snake oil science.”
Sarah Palin Quote 2: “With the publication of damaging e-mails… the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point.”
Climate Scientist Hero “Investigations have cleared scientists of any wrongdoing in the media-hyped email incident.”
Sea Level graph and statistics: The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Sea-level prediction revised: By 2100, global sea-level is likely to rise at least twice as much as projected by Working Group 1 of the IPCC AR4, for unmitigated emissions it may well exceed 1 meter. The upper limit has been estimated as – 2 meters sea-level rise by 2100. Sea-level will continue to rise for centuries after global temperature have been stabilized and several meters of sea level rise must be expected over the next few centuries. Link
I have enjoyed [not!] some very intense moments of challenging a denialist who happens to be an oil company executive. He gets very excited at times but he is never stuck for want of a whole whack of technical data – such as reasons why the coal-fired power plants simply HAVE to keep running until 2060 – so they “can run out their useful lives” he says. Gee, what about the useful lives of entire species? Living things cannot be re-built eh, extinctions means gone, bye bye to that genetic strain.
I don’t bother pushing him too hard – a wise saying is that “nobody changes their mind during an argument” and so I end our “discussion” when his anger starts to show. His anger is not because I am getting through to him, it is because he is being challenged at all – I have learned a lot about the minds of our “Elites and Corporate Ruling Class” – they cannot tolerate dissent.
Sorry, this is getting long, but I just want to add that I have seen how the oilpeople will pass reading material to their peers, they sign them and make a big deal out of it, but in the end THAT IS ALL THEY READ!! – stuff from other denialists. No wonder he didn’t seem to know that CO2 causes ocean acidification [all he could say was “well it would be a lot worse if we had not reduced our acidic emissions in the 1980s” – which has little to do with the CO2-ocean acidity, from what I can tell].
Ahh, to be rich and powerful enough to be able to live in denial…
This is awesome. You are a true hero. It is not easy or pleasant standing up to Climate Denialists. Thank you Franke for doing this work.
It’s terrible to hear the Canadian government has been taken over by extremists. Thanks for fighting back Franke!