Have an uninformed climate change denier; there is an app for that


Ever find yourself in a debate with a climate change denier or anyone attempting to undermine the science behind global climate change? A new iPhone app offers a list of common skeptic arguments and what the science says on each argument.  Whenever you encounter a denier, you can easily refute their claims by choosing from a list of rebuttals actually founded in scientific data.

We’re not all scientists, and we don’t all have iPhones, but we are interested in learning about how to respond to a climate skeptic.  Real Climate, a website offering accurate climate information, has launched a wiki that can help us debunk popular climate nonsense we find in the media.

The site indexes op-ed pieces that are specifically written to confuse, obfuscate and abuse the science behind climate change. Under each article, there are links to rebuttals of specific arguments and overall critiques of the pieces. Next time you’re digging out of a major snowstorm and your neighbor snidely remarks, “So much for global warming,” you’ll know exactly how to respond.

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Wow, an app that gives you the prepackaged slogans you need, when you need them! Hot dog, now you can be like the president and read everything off of your own personal teleprompter.

It might be better to actually educate yourself about global warming… then you wouldn’t need the app. The only downside with that is that most people who look at AGW thoughtfully wind up in the “denier” camp, and I think that’s exactly what the designers of this app are trying to avoid.

Comment by STB on February 19, 2010 2:19 pm

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I teach Logic, and Ethics (mainly Environmental Ethics these days)…
at a college…. There are LOTS of deniers around here, … and I use them to teach the INformal Fallacies. How can I post my lessons for public use here, and further disseminate the often funny errors that help us seek the truth together more effectively and logically?

I have some good comebacks that do seem to work. OUr students started, on their own, an Environmental Club, … and asked me to advise/sponsor it as their Faculty Green…. against my protests.
Now I’m hooked, but Texas is really tough, down here in the Rio Grande /Rio Bravo Valley and the Borderlands ALL ALONG THE TERRIBLE WALL that holds wildlife hostage, while immigrants easily go under, over, or around it in our vehicles.

Comment by sarah merrill on February 20, 2010 12:32 am

Sarah you didn’t have to say any more then I teach at college.

Of course you believe in climate change. I have a proposition for that.
Let all retirement funds for government employees be invested in “green tech” or the carbon credit market by law. Since the science is settled and all, might as well put your entire future where your mouth is.
It’s the logical thing to do.
Also, since it’s a growth fund we’ll be discontinuing any further tax payer funded outlays for said retirement fund. All you teachers and state workers can live off the interest and growth.

How’s that sound to you? Sounds great to me.

Comment by James Mayeau on February 20, 2010 8:20 pm

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