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Thu Feb 23, 2012, 06:39 PM

8. Forbes, Larry Bell, and the Climate of Corruption

By Joe Romm on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

Architecture professor and columnist Larry Bell has a new book of climate science disinformation out, Climate of Corruption. You can save yourself the trouble of buying it by reading RealClimate’s evisceration of a recent column by Bell in Forbes. The RC debunking is reprinted with permission below.

Guest commentary from Michael Tobis and Scott Mandia with input from Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann, and Kevin Trenberth


While it is no longer surprising, it remains disheartening to see a blistering attack on climate science in the business press where thoughtful reviews of climate policy ought to be appearing. Of course, the underlying strategy is to pretend that no evidence that the climate is changing exists, so any effort to address climate change is a waste of resources.

A recent piece by Larry Bell in Forbes, entitled “Hot Sensations Vs. Cold Facts”, is a classic example.

Bell uses the key technique that denialists use in debates, dubbed by Eugenie Scott the “Gish gallop”, named after a master of the style, anti-evolutionist Duane Gish. The Gish gallop raises a barrage of obscure and marginal facts and fabrications that appear at first glance to cast doubt on the entire edifice under attack, but which on closer examination do no such thing. In real-time debates the number of particularities raised is sure to catch the opponent off guard; this is why challenges to such debates are often raised by enemies of science. Little or no knowledge of a holistic view of any given science is needed to construct such scattershot attacks.

More: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/01/07/207304/forbes-larry-bell-and-the-climate-of-corruption/?mobile=nc


Whadda ya say SecularMotion, let's take the word of a climate-change denier on gun control?

Man, the description of the "Gash gallop" sounds like a lot of the argument proffered by the pro-gun crowd here. I'm shocked, shocked I tell ya!

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