15 Jan

Imagine if for every space launch, there was a moon hoaxer on TV. That’s where we are now for climate news


There’s the image.

“To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of climate change denial is how deniers essentially never publish in legitimate journals, but instead rely on talk shows, grossly error-laden op-eds, and hugely out-of-date claims (that were never right to start with).

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.”

(Via Climate change: Another study shows they don’t publish actual papers..)

The media’s allowing denialists on every single show about climate change makes it seem like that pie is 50/50. It’s really fucked up people’s ability to understand just how strong the consensus is.

If 99 out of 100 doctors said you have cancer, do you refuse to treat?

How about 13,926 out of 13,950?

Imagine if every time a picture of a space launch happened, or video of probes on another planet happened, a flat earth theorist or moon landing hoax believer was on the news to refute that it was really happening, imagine that. That is the current state of news reporting on global warming.

And the stakes are way, way higher on this.

It’s a disgrace.