2011-04-17 17:02:11Examples of climate debates
John Cook


Got this from Don McCubbin and found it a very useful, along with the How to debate a climate denier thread.

Pro-climate change = John Ackers. Denier = Piers Corbyn.
The denier did a good job, controlling the debate.  At one point, Ackers made a mistake by saying he is not a scientist -- made him seem weak.

Pro-climate change = John Watson. Denier = Fred Singer.
Watson does a nice job.  Skeptic topics include: Urban heat island.  Global temperature going down the last 10 years.  Climategate.

Pro-climate change = Barbara Boxer. Denier = Jim Inhofe.
Skeptic topics include: Ice age predicted a few years ago.  Huge economic cost to reduce CO2.  Lots of scientists deny climate change.  Climate change proponents are pushing the issue to make $$.
Not much of a debate, as they talk past each other a lot, and Larry King does not exactly provide incisive questions.

Pro-climate change = Richard Clark. Denier = Tom Russell.
http://video.whyy.org/video/1418345825/   (see chapter 2 of 3)
Skeptic topics include: Temperature causes changes in CO2 levels, not the other way around. 
Clark talks about the ebbs and flows of temperature with the ebb and flow of waves at the beach.

Pro-climate change = George Monbiot. Denier = James Delingpole.
Skeptic topics include: Climategate. Errors in IPCC report.  Science is not settled.
The last part is great: Monbiot skewers Delingpole.  Funny stuff.

Pro-climate change = Joe Romm. Denier = Mark Morano (used to work for Sen. Inhofe).
Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTXsfHTe9Tc
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tUO4WqAg2Q
Skeptic topics include: Science is not settled. etc.
Romm does a good job.

Pro-climate change = George Monbiot. Denier = Ian Plimer.
Part 1:  http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/george-monbiot-debates-ian-plimer-part-1/82b353ed0a9963bce72182b353ed0a9963bce721-464111076241?q=climate+change+debate&FROM=LKVR5>1=LKVR5&FORM=LKVR38
Part 2: http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/george-monbiot-debates-ian-plimer-part-2/9e2ddce12b7392bcc4de9e2ddce12b7392bcc4de-502100788153?q=climate+change+debate&FROM=LKVR5>1=LKVR5&FORM=LKVR32
Skeptic topics include: Science is "dodgy." Climate-gate -- "biggest scientific fraud in history."  Volcanoes emit CO2 than humans.  Medieval warming occurred when no industry.
Monbiot is well-spoken, speaking with controlled fury.  Climate science is equivalent to science regarding smoking and lung cancer.


Noam Chomsky.  Bill McKibben.
I liked Chomsky's three groups: scientific consensus; climate denialists; scientists who think that the reality is even worse than that portrayed by consensus.  (For example, when estimating ocean rise, the IPCC did not include melting glaciers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_the_IPCC_Fourth_Assessment_Report)

Various folks, including Joe Romm.
Skeptic topics: Climate-gate.  Errors in IPCC report.
Focuses on media coverage.

Climate debate daily.