2010-11-08 09:59:48Climate scientists plan campaign against global-warming skeptics
John Cook


That 700 AGU scientists have agreed to speak out publicly against AGW skepticism is news to me, and very exciting news!

  • On Monday, the American Geophysical Union, the country's largest association of climate scientists, plans to announce that 700 climate scientists have agreed to speak out as experts on questions about global warming and the role of man-made air pollution. Some are prepared to go before what they consider potentially hostile audiences on conservative talk-radio and television shows.


Some great quotes from Scott Mandia too!

2010-11-08 12:51:39Another article in the Star Tribune
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2010-11-08 13:16:57Andy Revkin at NYT chimes in
John Cook


Andy Revkin on the latest:


It's rallying cry stuff - you get the feeling the corresponding backlash from skeptics will be just as strong. 2010 is not going to end quietly.

2010-11-08 15:36:41We live in interesting times
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

Denialism and "skepticism" will not go quietly into the night.

Nor should we.

The Yooper

2010-11-08 19:45:19
Glenn Tamblyn


So, open question. Thinking cap time.

If the pro's are heading out into the trenches, what sort of backup can we give them. How do we use the resources accumulated by SkS and others and leverage it to do new things with it, find new ways into the public psyche on this.

Idea 1. What will it take to set up an email tree, so that any person who wants to email their MP, Congressman etc to advocate for AGW policies can do it in coordination with other people, sending the same message every single day to their guy/gal. As the email storm grows, that is a form of pressure. How do we enable it?

With Obama having to pull his C&T push, this Cold War just went Hot.

2010-11-09 03:56:42
Paul D


My 'right wing' conservative MP is quite green already. His brother has an organic farm, he has solar water heating etc.

He has some way to go though and I don't know all his sins!

I hope what the scientists intend to do won't actually disrupt their research???

2010-11-09 06:08:32great news
Dana Nuccitelli
I was very happy to read this news.  It's about time for climate scientists to start communicating the science more aggressively.  The comments on Revkin's article were rather irritating, I must say. 
2010-11-09 09:32:29Chris Mooney on fighting smart
John Cook


Chris Mooney's take:

  • Some things to consider: When it comes to science communication, the facts are the baseline from which one absolutely cannot stray; but at the same time, we have to be aware that people respond most strongly to the frame. Climate scientists are going to be rebutting political attacks on them, but what will their message be? Will it be that incoming Republicans (and Attorney General Cuccinelli) are abusing their power? Or will it be that climate research is robust and convincing on the subject of anthropogenic causation?

    Or, will it be that this is all a distraction from the real issue, which is to get clean energy solutions hopping before countries like China establish so big a lead that we’ll never catch up?

2010-11-09 12:50:51More articles (I'm using this thread to keep track of them all)
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