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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Who's winning the climate debate??

Al Gore refuses to debate climate change. Could it be because when warmists, or "greens" do engage in debate that they don't do terribly well when confronted with facts put forward by skeptics?

Luboš Motl asks the question, Why are green advocates failing in climate debate? In his post Motl quotes one Mark Seal, a "green" who felt the need to create a discussion forum named Talk Climate Change.

When I launched the TalkClimateChange forums last year, I was initially worried as to where I would find people who didn’t believe in global warming. I had planned to create a furious debate, but in my experience global warming was such a universally accepted issue that I expected to have to dredge the slums of the internet in order to find a couple of deniers who could keep the argument thriving.

The first few days were slow going, but following a brief write-up of my site by Junk Science I was swamped by climate skeptics who did a good job of frightening off the few brave Greens who slogged out the debate with. Whilst there was a lot of rubbish written, the truth was that they didn’t so much frighten the Greens away - they comprehensively demolished them with a more in depth understanding of the science, cleverly thought out arguments, and some very smart answers. If you want to learn about the physics of convection currents, gas chromatography, or any number of climate science topics then read some of the early debates on TalkClimateChange. I didn’t believe a word of it, but I had to admit that these guys were good.

In the following months the situation hardly changed. As the forum continued to grow, as the blog began to catch traffic, and as I continued to try and recruit green members I continued to be disappointed with the debate. In short, and I am sorry to say it, anti-greens (Reds, as we call them) appear to be more willing to comment, more structured, more able to quote peer reviewed research, more apparently rational and apparently wider read and better informed.
Luboš also has a poll running on his blog where you can vote on why you think the greens are weak in the climate debate.

1 comment:

kamagra said...

This so call global warming is interesting, we are not the ones creating this global warming, it is our own sun that is behaving very abnormally. Not only our planet is heating up, our entire solar system is getting hotter and hotter.