Why Don’t Climate Change Deniers Publish Papers?

February 3rd, 2014 by Andy in General Topics

Good question.

In 2012, National Science Board member James Lawrence Powell investigated peer-reviewed literature published about climate change and found that out of 13,950 articles, 13,926 supported the reality of global warming. Despite a lot of sound and fury from the denial machine, deniers have not really been able to come up with a coherent argument against a consensus. The same is true for a somewhat different study that showed a 97 percent consensus among climate scientists supporting both the reality of global warming and the fact that human emissions are behind it.

Powell recently finished another such investigation, this time looking at peer-reviewed articles published between November 2012 and December 2013. Out of 2,258 articles (with 9,136 authors), how many do you think explicitly rejected human-driven global warming? Go on, guess!

One. Yes, one.

Yet, the anti-science know-nothings that populate American politics and whose voices continue to echo throughout much of the corporate media keep on keeping on with avoiding the facts at hand.

Chronicling the rather disturbing history of the effects of this kind of ignorance, and why the American media has effectively ignored this ever-growing story, is Tom Engelhardt, who recently posted this essential history on his TomDispatch.com.

This piece seems to be getting some traction among the social media circles, which is encouraging. Perhaps it is because it taps into a deep well of truth, one that continues to be held at arms length away from the general consciousness of the populace at large. However, I will admit that this whole issue of climate change, and its dire implications, presses upon me personally more and more each day, making operating in a business-as-usual manner harder and harder to do. It is unnerving to watch for years and years as this train wreck of mass industrial civilization unfolds, while efforts to organize an effective, concerted political and economic responses are continually derailed by small factions, whose personal benefit of keeping the status quo rolling along, in the face of practically all empirical data, is sociopathic at best.

The days of extraction economies and ever-expanding “wealth” in a finite world are over, and the juvenile philosophies that propagate these notions, are as artificial and bankrupt as Lehman Brothers. If you think the political and economic change is all too radical for you, try the kind of environmental changes that are headed our way without them.

There are some scientists who assert that we have already and irreversibly crossed the fatal tipping point on the short road to climate catastrophe and mass extinction. Guy McPherson is one of the most lucid and outspoken of those scientists. Some of this data is outlined here, and you can read more from him on his blog Nature Bats Last, which is quite sobering to say the least.

Read more on these climate study findings Here

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