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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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The Inquisition of Climate Science

James Lawrence Powell

Columbia University Press

A November 2009 poll by the Pew Foundation showed that two-thirds of Americans mistakenly believe that scientists disagree about global warming. One possible reason for this is that an industry of denial has mounted a successful public relations campaign, employing the same small set of apostate scientists to claim that global warming is false, or at least nothing to worry about, many of whom formerly applied their skills to denying that smoking causes lung cancer. A review the list of “experts” to whom the media turn to “balance” the opinions of mainstream scientists shows that the same handful of names turns up. These names also reappear in books that deny global warming, in the list of speakers at a Heartland Institute Conference, and in the list of “fellows” or “research associates” of the denier organizations. This chapter shines a spotlight on a sample of the scientist-deniers and their claims. These include the grandfather of global warming denial, S. Fred Singer; the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT Richard Lindzen; and senior fellow at the Cato Institute Patrick Michaels.

Keywords:   climate change, global warming denial, S. Fred Singer, Richard Lindzen, Patrick Michaels

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