How to Use Critical Thinking to Spot False Climate Claims
Date Written: 2018-02-10
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22099
This article outlines ways to address common climate-contrarian arguments, all of which contain errors in reasoning that are independent of the science itself.
Much of the public discussion about climate science consists of a stream of assertions. The climate is changing or it isn't; carbon dioxide causes global warming or it doesn't; humans are partly responsible or they are not; scientists have a rigorous process of peer review or they don’t, and so on.
Despite scientists' best efforts at communicating with the public, not everyone knows enough about the underlying science to make a call one way or the other. Not only is climate science very complex, but it has also been targeted by deliberate obfuscation campaigns.