Daily Debunker: How Climate Change Denial Works

Featured on Snopes today: The five pillars of climate change denial, how border wall construction threatens Native American burial sites, and that time Rush Limbaugh referred to 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton as a dog.

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  • Published 13 February 2020
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A clear consensus exists among scientists about climate change ⁠— that it is real, and that it is largely caused by human activities ⁠— yet climate-change denialists keep pumping out propaganda designed to convince the public otherwise.

Indeed, the fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls, and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of global warming, using familiar rhetoric and misinformation.

Mark Maskin, a professor of earth system science at University College London, outlines their tactics in an article for The Conversation entitled “The Five Pillars of Climate Change Denial.”

The Five Pillars of Climate Change Denial

The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change -- where none exists.

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