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Global Warming denialists, skeptics, defiers, idiots, whack-jobs and dangerous people. You can follow them here.

Greenfyre has perhaps the best discussion and collection of links on the subject  The reasons for using the term “skeptics” to identify those who question climate science and “deniers” for all others are discussed at:   http://greenfyre.wordpress.com/denier-vs-skeptic/

Greenfyre listing the deniers   http://greenfyre.wordpress.com/denier-vs-skeptic/#who

The science site of RealClimate hosts a wiki that names the deniers   http://www.realclimate.org/wiki/index.php?title=RC_Wiki   Includes links to other debunking sites, lists of individual climate deniers   http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2004/12/index/#Responses   Responses to common contrarian Arguments.

Wikipedia on Climate Change Denial   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_denial

Denial campaigns have been attributed to individuals or groups that are funded by special interest groups whose financial interests are challenged by efforts to combat climate change, and have in particular been attributed to those associated with the energy lobby.  Journalists and newspaper columnists including George Monbiot and Ellen Goodman, among others, have described climate change denial as a form of denialism.   As a pejorative, other commentators have criticized the term as an attempt to delegitimize skeptical views, and for injecting morality into the discussion about climate change.

Note that there is extensive discussion on this issue.. and a serious investigation should include reviewing the Wikipedia History of the article edits.   No matter what your search, Wikipedia remains an excellent source.  It is now clear that man-made greenhouse gases are causing climate change.   The rate of change began as significant, has become alarming and is simply unsustainable in the long-term

England’s Met Office asks: Do climate scientists really agree about climate change?   http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climatechange/guide/quick/doubts.html   Yes. The overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree on the fundamentals of climate change — that climate change is happening and has recently been caused by increased greenhouse gases from human activities.
The core climate science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was written by 152 scientists from more than 30 countries and reviewed by more than 600 experts. It concluded that most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in man-made greenhouse gas concentrations.

Getting Skeptical about global warming skepticism   http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php   A summary of what the science says on each skeptic argument.

DesmogBlog’s Disinformation Database   http://www.desmogblog.com/global-warming-denier-database   An extensive database of individuals involved in the global warming denial industry.
DeSmogBlog thoroughly investigates the academic and industry backgrounds of those involved in the PR spin campaigns that are confusing the public and stalling action on global warming.   If there’s anyone or any organization,  ( i.e. scientist, self-professed “expert,” think tank, industry association, company) that you would like to see researched and reported on DeSmogBlog, please contact us here and we will try our best.

Myths vs. Facts in Global Warming: This news and analysis section addresses substance of arguments…   http://www.ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/myths   The main fallacy noted is that most arguments are facts out of context while others are simply false representations.   When the facts pertaining to the arguments are viewed in context relevance becomes obvious.   Global warming is happening and it is human caused.

Anti-global heating claims - a reasonably thorough debunking   http://www.scholarsandrogues.com/2007/07/23/anti-global-heating-claims-a-reasonably-thorough-debunking/

Classic essays

How to talk to a Climate Sceptic   http://scienceblogs.com/illconsidered/2008/07/how_to_talk_to_a_sceptic.php   They have been divided and subdivided along 4 seperate lines: Stages of Denial, Scientific Topics, Types of Argument, Levels of Sophistication. This should facilitate quick retrieval of specific entries. Individual articles will appear under multiple headings and may even appear in multiple subcategories in the same heading.

Alison Wiley has terrific insight into the Psychology Of Naysayers On Global Warming http://www.diamondcutlife.org/the-psychology-of-naysayers-on-global-warming/

In the politics of denialism we should remember the late Johnny Rook’s essay: Why Climate Denialists are Blind to Facts and Reason: The Role of Ideology  http://climaticidechronicles.org/2008/06/18/why-climate-denialists-are-blind-to-facts-and-reason-the-role-of-ideology/

Don’t forget the videos Naomi Oreskes PhD….


Scientist and renowned historian Naomi Oreskes describes her investigation into the reasons for widespread mistrust and misunderstanding of scientific consensus.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T4UF_Rmlio   She probes the history of organized campaigns designed to create public doubt and confusion about science.

Global TV News segment on the PR efforts by the oil and gas industry and the junk scientists that support the climate change denial lobby in Canada and the US.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIGrkVoa78o  Also features desmogblog.com.