Herald Sun condones ‘denier’ smear

In this morning’s Herald Sun, there was a letter to the editor that indulged in a shameful attack on skeptics.

“No room for more deniers                                                                                                        THE presence of a foreigner like Lord Christopher Monckton in our country, to pursue his ugly denial of climate change, is an insult. Any apology is a worthless gesture; better that he return home.                                                                                                                     We have enough home-grown deniers without his cheap publicity-seeking performances.                                                                                                                               Ron O’Toole, Mt Eliza”

Firstly, I would argue that we don’t have enough skeptics in Australia. Now, this individual is entitled to his opinion, no matter how ill-informed, but I am concerned that the Herald Sun continually endorses this “denier” slur. Only yesterday, they reported (belatedly) on Lord Monckton’s apology, referring to him as a “climate change denier”. [Link to Courier Mail here; the same piece that was in the Herald Sun yesterday]

They condemn Monckton’s comparison of Ross Garnaut to Hitler, yet are happy to compare skeptics to holocaust deniers- Hitler sympathisers.


About Climate Nonconformist

Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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2 Responses to Herald Sun condones ‘denier’ smear

  1. A “denier” is very different from a skeptic.

    Skeptics evaluate evidence for claims – deniers deny claims without consideration of the evidence.

    Creationists deny evolution and rely on misrepresention and non-comprehension of evidence.
    Holocaust deniers ignore the evidence of witnesses and the volumes of material provided by the German military command. Climate deniers also ignore and misrepresent evidence.

    Skeptics and doubters do not deny the climate of the earth changes – that we’ve had warm periods and ice ages is beyond doubt and is fact. That humans have an impact on the earth is also beyond a doubt. We have open pit mined, paved over, cut down and polluted vast swathes of earth – the question that skeptics and doubters ask is what percentage of climate change do we contribute, what is the long term impacts of human activity? Certainly Iceland’s two recent volcanic eruptions have had an enourmous impact with adding particulate into the air and dropping average temperatures in their dispersal zones.

    • climatenonconformist says:

      As on both sides, there are those who do disregard evidence. Monckton relies on evidence, so the term denier does not fit him, especially considering the holocaust denial connotations. The alarmists can still not point to any empirical evidence that proves dangerous global warming from carbon dioxide emissions.

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