10 Climate Change Denier Arguments used in media

One site has over 217 arguments that climate deniers rock out, but there are about 10 climate change denier arguments that get rolled out. They change over time, as their position becomes untenable, so it is useful to understand the arguments and be able to understand their amoral stance.

Stop Burning Rocks

For a million years, mankind has been burning rocks (or wood) for heat, energy for cooking, and warmth. Since Stephenson in 1829 with the invention of the steam engine, powered by fossil fuel, we burn rocks to provide energy. The problem is that CO2 emissions are more than earth can deal with, and the excess emissions have changed the climate. Science in the 1970’s clearly showed this and the past 50 years has been a slow progression to accept and change.

The reality is that the planet earth, which 8 billion people call home, is slowly but surely undergoing a rate of climate change caused by human activity (which some call the Anthropocene. The IPPC V6 report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability follows on from the science in the first report in 2021.

“The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require ‘rapid and far-reaching’ transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.”

IPPC Report Summary 2018 (Details here)

Beware of 15 greenwashing strategies as well for these are often presented as effective climate change actions, but like the deniers, the arguments are not based on science but on marketing spin.

5 Corrupt Pillars of Climate Deniers

The Conversation describes 5 corrupt pillars.

  1. Deny the Problem Exists
  2. Deny We’re the Cause
  3. Deny It’s a Problem
  4. Deny We can Solve It
  5. It’s too Late

10 Climate Change Denier Arguments

This is taken from CBS News, which while not a science journal summarises it clearly.

  1. It’s the sun
  2. Carbon dioxide levels are tiny. They can’t make a difference.
  3. Scientists disagree on the cause of climate change.
  4. The climate has always changed. It’s natural.
  5. It’s cold out. What happened to global warming?
  6. In the 1970s scientists warned about a coming ice age. They were wrong. So why should we believe them now?
  7. The temperature record is rigged or unreliable.
  8. Climate models are not accurate.
  9. Grand Solar Minimum is coming. It will counteract global warming.
  10. Scientists claim climate change will destroy the planet by 2030.
New polling shows 79% of Aussies care about climate change. So why doesn't  the government listen?
“Don’t be afraid, don’t be scared, it won’t hurt you. It’s coal.” Prime Minister of Australia in 2019

Playing Bingo on Climate Change Myths

Social media, alt-right media that deny climate change put up many arguments. Some have suggested turning it into Bingo.

Just part of the natural cycleIt’s not due to UsIt’s still ColdClimate Change does not affect AsthmaThere is nothing to do
Warming might be good1 degree is no big dealsolar flares cause the problemMore important things to tackleClimate change does not affect CV disease
Natural disasters are not affected by global warmingClimate change does not affect mental healthClimate change has not affected anyone yet.Climate change is a future problemrenewable energy is expensive
climate change does not affect Lyme diseaseCO2 is not the causeCO2 has no effect on the nutritional value of foodWarming has pausedClimate models are wrong
Scientists do not agree on climate changeClimate change will not affect mePlants need CO2Climate Change in not harmful to healthClimate change does not cause premature death
From https://bingobaker.com/image/2843203/544/1/climate-change-myths.png

217 Climate Change Denier Arguments

Head to Sceptical Science for a list of arguments, and they acknowledge Dr. Jan Dash, Director of the UU-UNO’s Climate Portal for writing many of the one line responses in ‘What the Science Says’, with some edits by John Cook.

“It’s the sun”http://sks.to/sun
“Climate’s changed before”http://sks.to/past
“There is no consensus”http://sks.to/consensus
“It’s cooling”http://sks.to/cooling
“Models are unreliable”http://sks.to/model
“Temp record is unreliable”http://sks.to/temp
“It hasn’t warmed since 1998”http://sks.to/1998
“Ice age predicted in the 70s”http://sks.to/1970s
“We’re heading into an ice age”http://sks.to/iceage
“Antarctica is gaining ice”http://sks.to/antarctica
“CO2 lags temperature”http://sks.to/lag
“It’s not bad”http://sks.to/impacts
“Al Gore got it wrong”http://sks.to/gore
“It’s cosmic rays”http://sks.to/cosmic
“It’s freaking cold!”http://sks.to/cold
“Hurricanes aren’t linked to global warming”http://sks.to/hurricane
“1934 – hottest year on record”http://sks.to/1934
“Hockey stick is broken”http://sks.to/hockey
“Mars is warming”http://sks.to/mars
“It’s Urban Heat Island effect”http://sks.to/uhi
“It’s a 1500 year cycle”http://sks.to/1500cycle
“Arctic icemelt is a natural cycle”http://sks.to/arcticcycle
“Sea level rise is exaggerated”http://sks.to/sealevel
“Water vapor is the most powerful greenhouse gas”http://sks.to/vapor
“Other planets are warming”http://sks.to/planets
“Greenland was green”http://sks.to/green
“Oceans are cooling”http://sks.to/oceanheat
“Climategate CRU emails suggest conspiracy”http://sks.to/climategate
“Human CO2 is a tiny % of CO2 emissions”http://sks.to/co2
“Climate sensitivity is low”http://sks.to/sensitivity
“Increasing CO2 has little to no effect”http://sks.to/greenhouse
“We’re coming out of the Little Ice Age”http://sks.to/lia
“It cooled mid-century”http://sks.to/midcentury
“Glaciers are growing”http://sks.to/glacier
“It warmed before 1940 when CO2 was low”http://sks.to/pre1940
“There’s no empirical evidence”http://sks.to/evidence
“Polar bear numbers are increasing”http://sks.to/bear
“Satellites show no warming in the troposphere”http://sks.to/troposphere
“Mt. Kilimanjaro’s ice loss is due to land use”http://sks.to/kilimanjaro
“IPCC is alarmist”http://sks.to/underestimat
“Extreme weather isn’t caused by global warming”http://sks.to/extreme
“CO2 is not a pollutant”http://sks.to/pollutant
“There’s no correlation between CO2 and temperature”http://sks.to/correlate
“Greenland is gaining ice”http://sks.to/greenland
“CO2 was higher in the past”http://sks.to/pastco2
“Scientists can’t even predict weather”http://sks.to/weather
“There’s no tropospheric hot spot”http://sks.to/hotspot
“Neptune is warming”http://sks.to/neptune
“Jupiter is warming”http://sks.to/jupiter
“It’s Pacific Decadal Oscillation”http://sks.to/pdo
“CO2 effect is saturated”http://sks.to/saturate
“Pluto is warming”http://sks.to/pluto
“Greenland ice sheet won’t collapse”http://sks.to/icecollapse
“Volcanoes emit more CO2 than humans”http://sks.to/volcano
“Animals and plants can adapt”http://sks.to/species
“Medieval Warm Period was warmer”http://sks.to/mwp
“CO2 measurements are suspect”http://sks.to/co2data
“It’s the ocean”http://sks.to/ocean
“It’s El Niño”http://sks.to/elnino
“Arctic sea ice has recovered”http://sks.to/arctic
“Less than half of published scientists endorse global warming”http://sks.to/schulte
“Dropped stations introduce warming bias”http://sks.to/dropped
“Solar Cycle Length proves its the sun”http://sks.to/scl
“It’s aerosols”http://sks.to/aerosols
“It’s microsite influences”http://sks.to/microsite
“CO2 has a short residence time”http://sks.to/residence
“It’s a climate regime shift”http://sks.to/shift
“2nd law of thermodynamics contradicts greenhouse theory”http://sks.to/thermo
“Humans are too insignificant to affect global climate”http://sks.to/significant
“It’s not happening”http://sks.to/warming
“Greenhouse effect has been falsified”http://sks.to/falsify
“It’s land use”http://sks.to/landuse
“The science isn’t settled”http://sks.to/settled
“2009-2010 winter saw record cold spells”http://sks.to/winter
“It’s methane”http://sks.to/methane
“500 scientists refute the consensus”http://sks.to/500
“Scientists tried to ‘hide the decline’ in global temperature”http://sks.to/decline
“IPCC were wrong about Himalayan glaciers”http://sks.to/himalaya
“Ocean acidification isn’t serious”http://sks.to/acid
“Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated”http://sks.to/seapredict
“Naomi Oreskes’ study on consensus was flawed”http://sks.to/oreskes
“Phil Jones says no global warming since 1995”http://sks.to/1995
“Ice isn’t melting”http://sks.to/icemelt
“CO2 is coming from the ocean”http://sks.to/oceanco2
“It’s not us”http://sks.to/agw
“CO2 is not increasing”http://sks.to/co2up
“It’s albedo”http://sks.to/albedo
“Record snowfall disproves global warming”http://sks.to/snowfall
“Hansen’s 1988 prediction was wrong”http://sks.to/hansen1988
“Lindzen and Choi find low climate sensitivity”http://sks.to/lindzenchoi
“The sun is getting hotter”http://sks.to/acrim
“Solar cycles cause global warming”http://sks.to/solarcycle
“Springs aren’t advancing”http://sks.to/spring
“Over 31,000 scientists signed the OISM Petition Project”http://sks.to/oism
“Water levels correlate with sunspots”http://sks.to/watersun
“IPCC were wrong about Amazon rainforests”http://sks.to/amazon
“Climate is chaotic and cannot be predicted”http://sks.to/chaos
“Water vapor in the stratosphere stopped global warming”http://sks.to/stratosphere
“Scientists retracted claim that sea levels are rising”http://sks.to/searetract
“Mauna Loa is a volcano”http://sks.to/mauna
“CO2 is not the only driver of climate”http://sks.to/driver
“Trenberth can’t account for the lack of warming”http://sks.to/trenberth
“CO2 was higher in the late Ordovician”http://sks.to/ordovician
“Southern sea ice is increasing”http://sks.to/southice
“Melting ice isn’t warming the Arctic”http://sks.to/amplify
“Global warming stopped in 1998, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2010, ????”http://sks.to/stopped
“Tree-rings diverge from temperature after 1960”http://sks.to/diverge
“The IPCC consensus is phoney”http://sks.to/hulme
“It’s CFCs”http://sks.to/cfc
“A drop in volcanic activity caused warming”http://sks.to/volcanodrop
“CO2 emissions do not correlate with CO2 concentration”http://sks.to/co2conc
“It’s global brightening”http://sks.to/bright
“Warming causes CO2 rise”http://sks.to/warmco2
“It’s ozone”http://sks.to/ozone
“It’s satellite microwave transmissions”http://sks.to/microwave
“We didn’t have global warming during the Industrial Revolution”http://sks.to/industrial
“Greenland has only lost a tiny fraction of its ice mass”http://sks.to/icefraction
“Antarctica is too cold to lose ice”http://sks.to/toocold
“It’s waste heat”http://sks.to/waste
“CO2 is plant food”http://sks.to/plant
“Satellite error inflated Great Lakes temperatures”http://sks.to/greatlake
“Positive feedback means runaway warming”http://sks.to/runaway
“CO2 is just a trace gas”http://sks.to/trace
“IPCC overestimate temperature rise”http://sks.to/overestimate
“Breathing contributes to CO2 buildup”http://sks.to/breath
“Ice Sheet losses are overestimated”http://sks.to/iceloss
“Royal Society embraces skepticism”http://sks.to/royalsoc
“DMI show cooling Arctic”http://sks.to/dmi
“CO2 only causes 35% of global warming”http://sks.to/35percent
“Humidity is falling”http://sks.to/humidity
“It’s a natural cycle”http://sks.to/cycle
“It’s only a few degrees”http://sks.to/fewdegrees
“It’s too hard”http://sks.to/toohard
“CO2 limits will harm the economy”http://sks.to/economy
“Renewables can’t provide baseload power”http://sks.to/baseload
“Clouds provide negative feedback”http://sks.to/cloud
“CRU tampered with temperature data”http://sks.to/tamper
“Peer review process was corrupted”http://sks.to/peerreview
“Skeptics were kept out of the IPCC?”http://sks.to/ipccskeptic
“Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were ignored”http://sks.to/foi
“Corals are resilient to bleaching”http://sks.to/bleach
“We’re heading into cooling”http://sks.to/futurecool
“Plant stomata show higher and more variable CO2 levels”http://sks.to/stomata
“They changed the name from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change'”http://sks.to/name
“Soares finds lack of correlation between CO2 and temperature”http://sks.to/soares
“Arctic sea ice loss is matched by Antarctic sea ice gain”http://sks.to/seaice
“An exponential increase in CO2 will result in a linear increase in temperature”http://sks.to/linear
“Record high snow cover was set in winter 2008/2009”http://sks.to/snowcover
“Coral atolls grow as sea levels rise”http://sks.to/atoll
“Earth hasn’t warmed as much as expected”http://sks.to/inertia
“It warmed just as fast in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940”http://sks.to/trends
“Most of the last 10,000 years were warmer”http://sks.to/10000
“IPCC ‘disappeared’ the Medieval Warm Period”http://sks.to/ipccmwp
“Ljungqvist broke the hockey stick”http://sks.to/ljungqvist
“CO2 limits will make little difference”http://sks.to/limits
“Hansen predicted the West Side Highway would be underwater”http://sks.to/highway
“Removing all CO2 would make little difference”http://sks.to/removeco2
“It’s not urgent”http://sks.to/urgent
“It’s soot”http://sks.to/soot
“CO2 limits will hurt the poor”http://sks.to/poor
“Arctic was warmer in 1940”http://sks.to/arctic1940
“Renewable energy is too expensive”http://sks.to/expensive
“Sea level rise is decelerating”http://sks.to/sealevelrise
“Venus doesn’t have a runaway greenhouse effect”http://sks.to/venus
“It’s internal variability”http://sks.to/variable
“CO2 limits won’t cool the planet”http://sks.to/limitscool
“Sea level is not rising”http://sks.to/searise
“Renewable energy investment kills jobs”http://sks.to/jobs
“Great Barrier Reef is in good shape”http://sks.to/gbr
“Roy Spencer finds negative feedback”http://sks.to/negspencer
“Loehle and Scafetta find a 60 year cycle causing global warming”http://sks.to/loehle
“Murry Salby finds CO2 rise is natural”http://sks.to/salby
“CO2 increase is natural, not human-caused”http://sks.to/co2increase
“Postma disproved the greenhouse effect”http://sks.to/postma
“CERN CLOUD experiment proved cosmic rays are causing global warming”http://sks.to/CERN
“Sea level fell in 2010”http://sks.to/slr2010
“Underground temperatures control climate”http://sks.to/underground
“Climate ‘Skeptics’ are like Galileo”http://sks.to/galileo
“Northwest passage has been navigated in the past”http://sks.to/northwest
“It’s a climate shift step function caused by natural cycles”http://sks.to/stepfunction
“Tuvalu sea level isn’t rising”http://sks.to/tuvalu
“BEST hides the decline in global temperature”http://sks.to/best
“It’s planetary movements”http://sks.to/planetary
“Schmittner finds low climate sensitivity”http://sks.to/schmittner
“Infrared Iris will reduce global warming”http://sks.to/iris
“UAH atmospheric temperatures prove climate models and/or surface temperature data sets are wrong”http://sks.to/uah
“Ben Santer rewrote the 1995 IPCC report”http://sks.to/santer
“IPCC graph showing accelerating trends is misleading”http://sks.to/accelerate
“IPCC edited out natural causes of climate change”http://sks.to/ipccnatural
“Tropical thermostat limits sea surface temperature to 30°C”http://sks.to/thermostat
“Humans survived past climate changes”http://sks.to/survived
“Himalayan glaciers are not shrinking”http://sks.to/himalayagrow
“Climate science peer review is pal review”http://sks.to/pal
“Nuclear testing is causing global warming”http://sks.to/nuclear
“Arctic sea ice loss in the 1940s was similar to today’s”http://sks.to/seaice1940
“Arctic sea ice extent was lower in the past”http://sks.to/pastarctic
“Arctic Storm Caused the 2012 Record Sea Ice Minimum”http://sks.to/arcticstorm
“The connection between Hurricane Sandy and global warming”http://sks.to/sandy
“No warming in 16 years”http://sks.to/16years
“No long tail means climate sensitivity is low”http://sks.to/longtail
“A grand solar minimum could trigger another ice age”http://sks.to/solarminimum
“97% consensus on human-caused global warming has been disproven”http://sks.to/robust97
“Akasofu Proved Global Warming is Just a Recovery from the Little Ice Age”http://sks.to/akasofu
“IPCC human-caused global warming attribution confidence is unfounded”http://sks.to/confidence
“IPCC global warming projections were wrong”http://sks.to/projections
“IPCC admits global warming has paused”http://sks.to/ipccpause
“Heatwaves have happened before”http://sks.to/heatwave
“Deniers are part of the 97%”http://sks.to/fringe
“Climate change isn’t increasing extreme weather damage costs”http://sks.to/damagecosts
“Climate change solutions are too expensive”http://sks.to/costs
“Animal agriculture and eating meat are the biggest causes of global warming”http://sks.to/meat
“Satellite record is more reliable than thermometers”http://sks.to/satellite
“Climate scientists are in it for the money”http://sks.to/money
“Holistic Management can reverse Climate Change “http://sks.to/holistic
“Wildfires are not caused by global warming”http://sks.to/wildfires
“Planting a trillion trees will solve global warming”http://sks.to/trees
“Veganism is the best way to reduce carbon emissions”http://sks.to/veganism

5 Oil Companies Spend $200 Billion

Anti-climate change lobbying spend by the five largest publicly-owned fossil fuel companies. StatistaCC BY-SA from The Conversation
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