A masterpiece of narrative and framing …

… strawmen and all such:

Is America ready to listen?

Despite the near-consensus among scientists that the climate is rapidly changing, and that human-generated carbon dioxide is a major cause, a majority of the American public remains largely disengaged. Moreover, among the minority who are actively engaged in the issue—i.e. those people who consider and discuss the problem—approximately half have reached conclusions consistent with climate science, while the other half have reached the opposite conclusion, choosing to believe that climate change is not occurring. Given the importance of managing the risks associated with climate change, there is an urgent need for heightened public engagement so that collectively our communities, states and nation can determine how to respond.

Method – state conjecture as fact and contradict oneself throughout. Then express disbelief that people simply do not believe them.


‘only 13 percent of Americans correctly understood that the vast majority of climate scientists have no doubt that global warming is occurring and is caused by human actions.’

Gotta get the ‘correct’ answer you know, and we’ll keep voting until you do.

‘the single most important fact that America’s climate scientists can share with the American people is that they have reached near-unanimous agreement—the climate is changing and human activity is the main cause.’

So, humans can control the climate?? Interesting claim.

Rhetoric and assertion, the lot of it.

Haiku: a couple of minor points:

1. The article includes a whine: society isn’t recognising them as super-scientists, with the correct degree of adulation. I mean, one has long had super-models, super-stars etc. – we now even have super-chefs. Why not super-climate-scientists ?

2. They seem to be reading off surveys whose questions do not include ‘none-of-the-above’ as an option, i.e. the only option is to agree, the only variant the percentage.

8 comments for “A masterpiece of narrative and framing …

  1. December 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Personally… I grow very tired of the whole debate, because regardless of who is right and who is wrong about the fundamental science, no concerted action is going to be taken, even if it could be taken. The political reality is that the nations of the world are simply not going to act together in any meaningful way (as they would have to if anthropogenic climate change is real) unless and until it is far too late to do much that would be effective anyway. So, for those worried about climate change (whether human-made or otherwise) – you better just get used to it and adapt, if it turns out that you really do have to adapt. People never think really long term until they are forced to by the short term, and by then it’s too late. I am not taking any position about the fundamental science, just reflecting on the realities.

    • Greg Tingey
      December 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

      I agree
      There IS a GW crisis – but the supposed actions being taken are a money-extracting exercise (this is the real GW scam)
      Meanwhile ……

  2. DaveK
    December 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    “The political reality is that the nations of the world are simply not going to act together in any meaningful way”.

    Thankfully, as at the moment the direction the PTB wish to head in is towards economic destruction. Instead of wasting billions if not trillions, known methods for mitigation should have been carried out.

    To combat a 0.8 C temperature rise and sea level increases of 1 foot per century should be a piece of cake.

    Anyway not to worry, the weather app on my phone shows a really bad day on Friday followed by…… Blank 😆

    • December 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      And snow may be moving in here tonight Dave (Perthshire, Scotland). A spot of global warming would be very welcome to me right now, just long enough to keep me warm until my time on Earth is done. The climate of central Spain in Scotland would suit me fine, just so long as we could repel all the Spaniards trying to migrate north from their new desert…

  3. Stonyground
    December 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    It should be noted that the actual underlying science is rather more circumspect than the IPCC or the media would have us believe. There is much emphasis on uncertainty, and an honest admission that there is a lot that the scientists don’t know. There is also the inconvenient fact that the climate was changing for millions of years before man came on the scene and will continue to change, with or without our help. How do we know that CO2 is responsible for recent warming? The answer is that we don’t. The climate has also stubbornly refused to conform to the alarmists’ predictions, which surely should be grounds for some scepticism.

    • December 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      You’re singing and we’re the choir, SG.

    • December 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Indeed, Stonyground, it seems to me that the only certainty is that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are currently rising on a steady trend over a timescale of a few decades at least (unless anyone can persuade me otherwise?), but everything else, including the distant past levels, is uncertain. I am neither an AGW “believer” nor “denier” but what I find most alarming are the unjustified claims of certainty from both camps.

      In terms of liberty, (the primary focus for discussion here I understand) the claims of AGW are being used to attack some of our liberties in a manner that would not affect AGW even if it is a big problem, because anything that is being done or planned is not being done or planned globally (nor even consistently nationally) and would be ineffectual in any case without a much more profound transformation that few will be willing to contemplate unless forced to.

  4. December 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    If I drew a circle with a diameter as wide as this page to represent the Earth, and attempted to draw Mount Everest on the circumferance, it would be very difficult since the height of Mount Everest, in scale, would be less than half a millimeter.
    Consider now the energy trapped within the Earth. An enormous, seathing mass of heat energy, sufficient to supply the requirements of the human race for ever for all intents and purposes.
    But what efforts are being made to make this energy available? Little or none as far as I know. Instead, billions have been spent of windmills.
    Why do no scientists mention geothermal energy? Is it an engineering problem? If so, what are the problems? Are engineers afraid of creating volcanoes accidentally? Geothermal ought to be every state’s first choice (if the engineering problems can be solved) since no state is excluded from its availability.
    Or is that the problem?

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