Sunday, January 13, 2013

Why deny the dangers of global warming?

I came across this video today that perfectly sums up my thoughts regarding why so may choose willful ignorance, attacking science, ignoring earth observations and generally doing everything possible to make meaningful change impossible.  

It's only three minutes, but that's all it takes to explain the basics.

Following that is an hour long lecture where this University of San Diego, Professor of History and Science Studies, Naomi Oreskes PhD. describes her research which documents the background of the orchestrated attack on climate science.

Naomi Oreskes deconstructs Nick Minchin's climate denial

Published on Apr 23, 2012Naomi Oreskes explains with great clarity the driving force behind climate denial - aversion to the political and economic implications of climate change. 
UPDATE: Some commenters are asking about evidence that humans are causing global warming. A summary is provided at and with links to the many peer-reviewed papers that provide empirical evidence for human caused global warming.

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Naomi Oreskes: "Merchants of Doubt"

Find out why people mistakenly believe the science of climate change is unsettled. In Merchants of Doubt, Oreskes and co-author Erik Conway revealed how a group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over issues including acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, DDT, and the harms of tobacco. 
This long campaign of sowing doubt, which found its roots in the ideology of free market fundamentalism, has skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era. 
Naomi Oreskes is a University of California Professor of History and Science Studies, author, and has been voted Climate Change Communicator of the Year for 2011 by George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication.

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