Arguments Against Climate Change

Photo credit: Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

In a survey (from Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Rosenthal, S., & Cutler, M.) published as Climate change in the American mind in May 2017, 90% of Americans understand that their is a scientific consensus that global warming is occurring.

Arguments exist which deny that climate change is occurring. For example, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) argued that an unusually cold winter in one area of the country indicates that climate change is not occurring. Based upon other videos, Senator Inhofe’s underlying belief is that humans can not possibly have an global impact on climate. Senator’s Inhofe’s argument received sharp criticism from many, including from former President Barack Obama.

Likewise, over 30 years ago, others have argued that a half a dozen growing glaciers was evidence that climate change was not occurring, in spite of the melting of the vast majority of the world’s glaciers, at that time, as well as the extensive melting of the ice shelves in the polar regions. Today, the polar regions and glaciers continue to melt at an accelerated rate.

The logical fallacy that both Senator Inhofe and those who focus on a select few growing glaciers is called cherry-picking, which is where someone focuses on a particular piece of data or fact while ignoring the rest, in order to prove their point.

Here are 30 other logical fallacies to consider as you analyze evidence from both sides.

Photo credit: The Visual Communication Guy

Click on the picture above to go to the website. Then scroll down to read the details of each logical fallacy.


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