Climate change denial – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is great, there’s a wiki on Climate Change Denial. I’ll just copy in the opening paragraphs for now.

Climate change denial is a term used to describe attempts to downplay the extent of global warming, its significance, or its connection to human behavior, especially for financial or other sectional interests.[1] Climate change denial has been associated with the energy lobby, industry advocates and free market think tanks, often in the United States.[2][3][4][5][6] Some commentators describe climate change denial as a particular form of the general phenomenon of denialism.[7][8][9][10][11][12] The term is rarely used by those to whom it is applied.

There is nearly unanimous agreement among climate scientists (see scientific consensus on global warming) that global warming is occurring and that there is a 90% or greater probability that it is due to human causes. However, political, economic, and public debate continues regarding the reality and extent of global warming and what actions to take in response. Numerous authors, including several scholars, have asserted that some conservative think tanks, corporations and business groups have engaged in deliberate denial of the science of climate change since the 1990s.[5][6][13][14][15][16][17] On the other hand, some commentators have criticized the phrase as an attempt to delegitimize skeptical views, and for injecting morality into the discussion about climate change.[18][19][20]

The relationships between industry funded denial and public climate change skepticism have at times been compared to earlier efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine what is now widely accepted scientific evidence relating to the dangers of second hand smoke, or even linked as a direct continuation of these earlier financial relationships.[13] Aside from private industry groups, climate change denial has also been alleged regarding the statements of elected officials.[21]

Climate change denial – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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