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The Inquisition of Climate Science$
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James Powell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157193

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157193.001.0001

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Greatest Hoax in History?

Greatest Hoax in History?

(p.148) 13 Greatest Hoax in History?
The Inquisition of Climate Science

James Lawrence Powell

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses how deniers, such as Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe and Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Cato Institute senior fellow, believe that the threat of catastrophic global warming is nothing but a major hoax perpetrated on the American people by the political left. It argues that in order for deniers to be right, scientists would have to be so devoted to an ideological cause that they would risk their careers. Scientists would also have had to fabricate the raw data that provides the evidence for global warming and would have to be able to get away with the fraud. Moreover, in order to keep the hoax a secret, nearly all scientists would actually have to be liberal, however one defines the term, and be in on the plot. The chapter also addresses deniers' claims that scientists create alarm over global warming to keep themselves in research funds.

Keywords:   global warming, climate change, deniers, left-leaning politics, scientists, research funds, hoax

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