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How To Deny Climate Change

Here is a link to a sharp post over at Real Climate on a recent article by Larry Bell in Forbes called  “Hot Sensations Vs. Cold Facts”.

The Forbes article is a semi-classic "denial" piece.  What is excellent about the Real Climate response is the way they take apart the science of Bell's arguments piece by piece.  In addition, they offer a kind of meta-analysis of how anyone denying an established scientific paradigm (climate, evolution, smoking=cancer) must go about their business.  From Real Climate:

Bell uses the key technique that denialists use in debates, dubbed by Eugenie Scott the “Gish gallop”, named after a master of the style, anti-evolutionist Duane Gish. The Gish gallop raises a barrage of obscure and marginal facts and fabrications that appear at first glance to cast doubt on the entire edifice under attack, but which on closer examination do no such thing. In real-time debates the number of particularities raised is sure to catch the opponent off guard; this is why challenges to such debates are often raised by enemies of science. Little or no knowledge of a holistic view of any given science is needed to construct such scattershot attacks.