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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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Fear of State

Fear of State

The Nonscientists

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The Inquisition of Climate Science

James Lawrence Powell

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on some of the staunchest nonscientist-deniers of climate change. These include George Will, who holds a PhD from Princeton in philosophy and is a former college professor and Pulitzer Prize winner. Will has long bolstered his claims by saying that in the 1970s scientists had predicted a coming ice age. He further argues that the World Meteorological Organization has had no record of global warming for more than a decade, or one third of the span since the global cooling scare. Another nonscientist-denier is Michael Crichton whose book State of Fear (2004) made several scientific claims, each of which scientists had already discredited. These are that the science behind global warming is weak and disputed by scientists themselves; that scientists are willing to distort their findings in order to achieve their liberal, or fascist, political goals; and that gullible media, intelligentsia, and members of the general public are all too ready to adopt the latest doomsday fad, allowing deceptive scientists to dupe them.

Keywords:   global warming, climate change, deniers, George Will, Michael Crichton

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