In scientific terms, the debate about climate change is over. With 97% of published climate scientists affirming the belief that climate change is not only happening but also caused by humans, it’s indisputable that the scientific community has come to a consensus. More than that, it’s becoming increasingly clear that climate change left unchecked will have decidedly negative consequences.
And yet on the public floor, climate change is a political statement, a statement that can still be challenged. To a discouragingly large portion of the public, climate change is not only not human-caused, it’s a hoax and not worth acting on.
The climate change “skeptic” movement has three main tenets:
- Climate change is not happening for one reason or the next.
- If it is happening, it’s for natural reasons, not because of human activity.
- The scientists who perpetuate the idea of climate change are actually profiteering liars.
And guess what? It’s bullshit, all of it.
In this three-part series, my goal is to deconstruct each of these false assumptions and replace them with facts. They will be linked here as they come.