… strawmen and all such:
Despite the near-consensus among scientists that the climate is rapidly changing, and that human-generated carbon dioxide is a major cause, a majority of the American public remains largely disengaged. Moreover, among the minority who are actively engaged in the issue—i.e. those people who consider and discuss the problem—approximately half have reached conclusions consistent with climate science, while the other half have reached the opposite conclusion, choosing to believe that climate change is not occurring. Given the importance of managing the risks associated with climate change, there is an urgent need for heightened public engagement so that collectively our communities, states and nation can determine how to respond.
Method – state conjecture as fact and contradict oneself throughout. Then express disbelief that people simply do not believe them.
‘only 13 percent of Americans correctly understood that the vast majority of climate scientists have no doubt that global warming is occurring and is caused by human actions.’
Gotta get the ‘correct’ answer you know, and we’ll keep voting until you do.
‘the single most important fact that America’s climate scientists can share with the American people is that they have reached near-unanimous agreement—the climate is changing and human activity is the main cause.’
So, humans can control the climate?? Interesting claim.
Rhetoric and assertion, the lot of it.
Haiku: a couple of minor points:
1. The article includes a whine: society isn’t recognising them as super-scientists, with the correct degree of adulation. I mean, one has long had super-models, super-stars etc. – we now even have super-chefs. Why not super-climate-scientists ?
2. They seem to be reading off surveys whose questions do not include ‘none-of-the-above’ as an option, i.e. the only option is to agree, the only variant the percentage.