How to Win Any Climate Change Argument
A flow chart for debating with denialists.
Posted Monday, March 4, 2013, at 1:00 PM
If you’re exhausted by climate change shouting matches or so flummoxed by confronting scientific ignorance that you suffer in silence, this chart might be for you. It provides responses to three of the common stages of climate change disbelief: that climate change isn’t happening, that scientists can’t decide whether it’s happening, and that it’s happening but not caused by mankind.
Will this chart prevent your debates from devolving into fights over the “liberal climate change conspiracy” and the meaning of the words theory or climate or change? There’s only one way to find out.
Chris Kirk is Slate's Interactives Editor.
James West is a producer for the Climate Desk.