the climate change deniers and their blog site comments

Danny Bloom, the gentlemen who has threatened to bring world leaders to the International Court at The Hague for not doing enough about climate change, pointed out some of the comments that his threat brought on various blog sites and news sites reporting this. You know the kind of thing that I mean; an internet site publishes a news story and the surfer is encouraged to comment, just like the invitation to comment at the end of this piece.

I was struck by a number of similar comment s along these lines:

“I am a scientist; I do not think that climate change is happening or caused by people; anyway the earth is very large and the climate has always changed and the quantities of carbon dioxide at .4% are too small to affect something as massive as the climate”

I posted a comment on the website reporting Mr Bloom’s threat, and provided my own website details, as you do. Lo and behold a similar comment appeared in the comment box on this site on one of my articles about climate change.

I think what is happening is this; the most persuasive in the minds of the public that anthropogenic climate change is happening, is that scientists have thought about the theory (invented by scientists) and that virtually all of them are of the view that the theory is right.

If you do not agree with the theory and want to influence the public mind that all the climate change measures that we are taking and being taken without any necessity, then the first thing that you have to show is that you are a scientist. On the internet you can claim that you are a scientist and have been one for many years in a comment box, and no one knows whether you are one or not..

My suspicion is that these comments are not generated by scientists. I do not think that the argument that the quantities of carbon dioxide are too small to make a difference is a scientific comment. There are some very small quantities of substances that can make a massive difference.

For example, if you could get hold of a number of substances, less than ten kilograms provide a critical mass which can set off a chain reaction of a devastating nuclear accident. Only 150 to 200 parts per million of carbon monoxide in the air you breathe will kill you. There are many examples of very small amounts of a substance has a disastrous effect. It only takes a spark to burn down a forest. Scientists know this, so perhaps we should treat these claims that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air rising from .3% to .4% can have no effect on the climate as having no scientific basis, however much experience in science the self styled scientist claims.

3 Responses

  1. Good post, Robert…..and you are right about

    “My suspicion is that these comments are not generated by scientists…”

    THEY ARE NOT…..some of them are paid by energy companies and rightwing groups to post all over the net, from NY Times blogs to Guardian blogs to your blog, but they go after the heavy traffic blogs, it has been documented, some big oil companies pay these ghost bloggers who don;t use real names,,,,, ask Anna Haynes in Califorinia of Dot Earth Action blog, she knows all about this..

    AS for the lawsuit, it continues to gain steam AND angry comments…….often anonymous posts so i cannot track the people down and chat…..

    very weird…

    DANNY

  2. These comments are often paid for by oil and energy firms to generate mistrust and confusion in public.

    re

    “I am a scientist; I do not think that climate change is happening or caused by people; anyway the earth is very large and the climate has always changed and the quantities of carbon dioxide at .4% are too small to affect something as massive as the climate”

    I receive them all the time. Delete them ASAP

  3. it’s a kind of disinformation campaign and you can guess who is running it….

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