Monday, August 29, 2016

#5 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, National Origins of Books

This is the fifth installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional public climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications.  This section deals with the global spread of the Conservative Think Tanks influence.

Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR campaign.  Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.

 I follow with excerpts and related links to a number of eye-opening articles 

Climate Cover-Up: A (Brief) Review
Michael Mann | October 20, 2009 

“Empathy and the Public Square”
Jim Hoggan  |  11:30 min YouTube talk

Lessons on Climate Change Denial - What I Learned from Writing "Climate Cover-Up”
James Hoggan  | 18 minute YouTube talk

Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning
Monbiot, 2007

Cool dudes: The denial of climate change among conservative white males in the United States
Dunlap & McCright, 2011

The Politicization of Climate Change and Polarization in the American Public's views of Global Warming, 2001-2010
Dunlap & McCright | 2011

Climate Change Denial and Political Polarization 
Robert J. Antonio and Robert J. Brulle © 2011

Organized Climate Change Denial  
Riley E. Dunlap and Aaron M. McCright | August 2011

The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society
Edited by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, and David Schlosberg | August 2011


Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change
Tim Flannery, Reviewer | May 25, 2007


Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change

Wendy Frew, reviewer | May 16, 2007

#5 National Origins of Books
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The American Behavioral Scientist

Climate Change Denial Books and 
Conservative Think Tanks
Exploring the Connection 


Monday, August 22, 2016

#4 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, Ties to CTTs

This is the fourth installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional public climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications and this section deals with Book Ties With Conservative Think Tanks.

Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR campaign.  Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.

 I follow with excerpts and related links to a number of eye-opening articles 

Oil Industry Astroturf Campaign Exposed
Andy Rowell, August 14, 2009
Leaked Memo: Oil Lobby Launches Fake "Grassroots" Campaign
By Kevin Grandia • August 13, 2009
Ethics and Climate.org | Donald Brown
Freedom to Bully: How Laws Intended to Free Information Are Used to Harass Researchers
Michael Halpern |  February 2015
Lee Fang | Aug. 25 2015
Exposed: Shameless climate denial, brought to you by Big Coal
Lindsay Abrams | August 26, 2015
Alpha Natural Discloses Payments to Climate Change Skeptic Chris Horner
By Patrick Fitzgerald | October 15, 2015
Shattered Consensus Review
Reviewed 7/10/2014
Avery and Singer: Unstoppable Hot Air
David Archer | November 20, 2006
Professor of physical sciences - Scott Mandia's Collection
What Are Climate Change Skeptics Still Skeptical About?
By Natalie Wolchover | November 22, 2011
Hudson Institute Funding
Dennis T. Avery (of the Hudson Institute)
Global warming denier Dennis Avery doesn’t know the difference between growth and growth rate
ThinkProgress | March 30, 2009
Right-Wing Authors Claim to be Swindled by Right-Wing Publisher
November 7, 2007
Cooking the Books: How the Conservative Best Seller Scam is a Free Market Hypocrisy
November 16, 2014
From The Merchants of Doubt - a documented history
Chapter 6 - Denial of Global Warming
Denialists are dead wrong about the science. But they understand something the left still doesn’t get about the revolutionary meaning of climate change.
By Naomi Klein | November 9, 2011
Climate Denial Goes Vegas  
July 7, 2014
Why do libertarians deny climate change?
by Massimo Pigliucci | May 27, 2010

#4 Book Ties With Conservative Think Tanks
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The American Behavioral Scientist

Climate Change Denial Books and 
Conservative Think Tanks
Exploring the Connection 

Copyright © 2013 SAGE PublicationsThis is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Am Behav Sci. 2013 Jun; 57(6): 699–731.
Conservative Think Tanks (CTTs)

Book Ties With Conservative Think Tanks

Our examination of the links between the denial books and CTTs follows the procedure we used in our prior study of environmental skepticism (Jacques et al., 2008). Specifically, links were established in one of two ways: The author or editor was affiliated with a CTT or the book was published (or copublished) by a CTT press (often both). 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

#3 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, Trends over time


This is the third installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional public climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications and this section deals with Trends Over Time.

Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR campaign.  Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  It will be a valuable addition to my collection of resources for the serious student of the attack on science.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.

Since this begins with one of the disinformation pioneers Sherwood Idso I follow with excerpts and links to a number of eye-opener articles about the Idso family cottage industry and how they misrepresent serious science. 

February 23, 2011
Hockey Stick Own Goal | By Dana Nuccitelli
April 30 2011
Medieval Project Gone Wrong | By Höskuldur Búi Jónsson
April 9, 2014
Climate Investigations Center: 
Craig Idso and Heartland Institute Climate Change Denial “NIPCC” Report | By Connor Gibson
July 10, 2016
Bankrupt Coal Miner Peabody Energy Paid Climate Denialist to Write Greenhouse Gas Reports | By Graham Readfearn
May 1, 2013
Consider the Source: 
ALEC scientist says ‘enriching’ the atmosphere with CO2 is good for tomatoes | Posted by John Adams
December 4, 2009
No. 8: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (A.K.A. The Idso Family) | By Josh Harkinson
August 19, 2008
More for the annals of climate misinformation | Posted by Olive Heffernan

#3 Trends Over Time
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The American Behavioral Scientist
Climate Change Denial Books and 
Conservative Think Tanks
Exploring the Connection 

Copyright © 2013 SAGE PublicationsThis is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Am Behav Sci. 2013 Jun; 57(6): 699–731.
Conservative Think Tanks (CTTs)

Trends Over Time

As apparent in Figure 1, the first denial volume, Sherwood Idso’s Carbon Dioxide: Friend or Foe, appeared in 1982, well before AGW had achieved a prominent place on the nation’s agenda. Highlighting the benefits of carbon dioxide, Idso took issue with early climate science that suggested increasing levels of carbon dioxide could produce deleterious effects. 

The remaining 107 books began appearing in 1989, the year after AGW became a highly visible issue in the United States and the IPCC was established, with 4 coming out that year.

Friday, August 19, 2016

#2 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, introduction to study


This is the second installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications.

Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR campaign.  Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  It will be a valuable addition to my collection of resources for the serious student of the attack on science.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.


Am Behav Sci. 2013 Jun; 57(6): 699–731.

Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks - Part two

Copyright © 2013 SAGE Publications
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Books Challenging Climate Science

Although just one of many forms of media employed by CTTs, books are especially important for reaching the conservative movement’s core constituency, wider segments of the public, and critical sectors of society such as corporate, political, and media leaders. 

Books confer a sense of legitimacy on their authors and provide them an effective tool for combating the findings of climate scientists that are published primarily in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals—at least within the public and policy (as opposed to scientific) arenas. 

Authors of successful books critiquing climate science often come to be viewed as “climate experts,” regardless of their academic backgrounds or scientific credentials, and despite the fact that their books are seldom peer reviewed. They are interviewed on TV and radio, quoted by newspaper columnists, and cited by sympathetic politicians and corporate figures. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

#1 Dunlap, Jacques - history of the climate science denial machine

I received a nice comment yesterday.


Dear Sir, I always read your posts and thank you for my continuing education on all matters climatic. My only gripe is that you give too much homework with your supporting links and I sometimes do not complete my assignments! ... Anyway, please keep up the great work.
Ian
I'm flattered, I do like putting a lot of links out there and I believe it's valuable information to help people gain a more complete understanding of our Earth for themselves.  I'm happy to know there are some who also think it worth investing the time to learn about it.  Thanks Ian.  

Speaking of homework.  I've had occasion to reread a summation of the history of our dysfunctional climate science education dialogue that was put together by a couple scholars.  It occurred to me here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR campaign.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  It will be a valuable addition to my collection of resources for the serious student of the attack on science.


Am Behav Sci. 2013 Jun; 57(6): 699–731.

Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks

Copyright © 2013 SAGE Publications
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Abstract

The conservative movement and especially its think tanks play a critical role in denying the reality and significance of anthropogenic global warming (AGW), especially by manufacturing uncertainty over climate science. Books denying AGW are a crucial means of attacking climate science and scientists, and we examine the links between conservative think tanks (CTTs) and 108 climate change denial books published through 2010. 


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NC20 Burton a glimpse of reality sir.

I still have a number of drafts of responses to various Dave NC20 Burton arguments laying around unfinished.  But it's lost its interest and other things are going on.  He's likewise lost interest in our debate and stepped out the backdoor.  But, I do want to give him an official good-bye (barring interesting developments).  I'm even going to keep my opinions to myself and allow an oceanographer to explain what the real world looks like.

NC20 I challenge you to point out flaws or misinformation in the following from John Englander.   Bet you can't do it.  

Til the next time.   ;- )
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Deadly floods - Maryland to China - have surprising connection to rising sea level

By John Englander | August 4, 2016
Risks and Impacts of Rising Sea Level blog

Last Saturday night when many had planned a nice evening out for dinner in quaint Ellicott City, a devastating flood occurred, largely destroying the downtown. Six inches of rain in just two hours caused the record water mark in that historic Maryland community.

Flash floods, monsoon rains, and rivers overflowing their banks are becoming common headlines.  Ellicott City joins the rapidly growing list of deadly deluge that in the last month spans West Virginia, Texas, France, Germany and China. All of these inland floods resulted from extreme rainfall. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

On building stairs, integrity and malicious slander.


Recently over at Center For Inquiry's forum which I frequent regularly, I was confronted with another joker repeating Poptech's conjured description of me as a guilt-riddled strung-out druggie and lost soul.  Poptech's slander is his way of responding to my fact checking, critiquing and challenging his claims.  Others of his persuasion have been quick to embrace the bull-pucky.

It seems that every few weeks some new joker finds Poptech's article and gleefully grabs his ammunition and blasts aways at me in the middle of some other discussion.  That they are dealing with figments of their own imagination matters not one wit to them - it's character assassination they're interested in.

What else is there for someone who consistently misrepresents serious climate science?  They sure don't have solid evidence on their side.  Nor do they have the requisite intellectual curiosity to learn about the things they don't understand.  When something confuses them, assume the worst, with ignorant certitude.

Distraction is their game.  Marginalize the messenger and marginalize the message.  Spend all your time wrestling with ad hominems and there's no time to talk about our real world situation.  Go straight for the jugular of your opponent with anything you can conjure.  

There's a certain level of sick humor in reading how these minds can spin facts into tailor-made fictions - but of course, in the end all they want is to destroy any opponent in order to stifle fundamental climate science education - no commitment to honesty, or integrity, or respect for others.  Tragically absolutism and paranoia driven resentment seems all their hearts are capable of.

Admitting to and learning from mistakes is treated like blasphemy by the Republican contrarian crowd.  Nothing funny about that either.

It's irrational, irritating, stupefying and it certainly demands some sort of comeback.  But, I’m not into Poptech’s, or LandscapesandCycles' Jim Steele's or NC20 Burton’s style of childish messenger bashing. 


Still, since they want to get down and personal, I can respond with something personal.  

Consider it another character reference . . . . . . . 



It started as a note to a friend . . .
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Hey D, I never did tell you the end of the story regarding those stairs.  As you might remember last autumn I had me a hernia.  It took months longer to get repaired than it should have, towards the end of that run I was actually invalided, bed to recliner, no lifting.  Innards all funky.  Not fun.  Feeling every bit of my sixty years and reconciling myself to the end of my sweet vigorous years.  Among other dark thoughts was the realization that my carpentry days were totally behind me now.  Which they are, but to ponder that I’d never be able to climb walls again, or help set beams and rafters, or one of my favorites building stairs - that's a different thing from choosing not to do it.  A proud physical old man wrestles with those realities as the 'diminishing' advances with the years.