Denying the undeniable: In response to Nick Cohen

27 Mar 2014


I couldn't believe my eyes when I read an article in The Guardian on Sunday night. It was written by Nick Cohen, with an eye catching headline, "The climate change deniers have won". 

The article starts in earnest with some good research presenting the case for why he clearly thinks global warming is an issue for the whole planet. Quoting the American Association for the Advancement of Science:

"As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do, but human-caused climate risks abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes."


He then goes on to present sound and legitimate concerns for the planet’s welfare: 

"In other words, the most distinguished scientists from the country with the world's pre-eminent educational institutions were trying to shake humanity out of its complacency. Why weren't their warnings leading the news?" 

He then leads on to quote several other stats, including this astonishing claim:

"A survey of 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on global warming published in the last 20 years found that 97% said that humans were causing it." 

After going for a lie down after reading this contention, I then read the most astonishing attack on global warming "deniers" as he calls us:

"All of which is a long way of saying that the global warming deniers have won. And please, can I have no emails from bed-wetting kidults blubbing that you can't call us "global warming deniers" because "denier" makes us sound like "Holocaust deniers", and that means you are comparing us to Nazis? The evidence for man-made global warming is as final as the evidence of Auschwitz. No other word will do."

Now I have been called a lot of things in my adult life, but this quote takes first prize. To compare being sceptical about global warming to Holocaust denial is outrageous and a complete misrepresentation of a legitimate point of view. People are welcome to disagree with my views, but to pour the slime like this is just out of order. 

Holocaust denial is a crime and rightly so. To "deny" global warming however is not. I concede that the science is compelling and even as an open sceptic I find it hard to argue against. However, the political response at time of writing is nowhere near good enough. 

If this problem is as big as they say it is, why aren't out politicians listening? You answer that question and you'll be a rich man.

By Sean Mallis 

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