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‘I’m not a scientist, but I can use my brains and talk to one’

“I’m not a scientist either but I can use my brains and I can talk to one.” – former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in July 2014 responding to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's line, “I’m not a scientist.”

Uncertainty? In science, 95% certainty is the gold standard

“In science, 95 percent certainty is often considered the gold standard for certainty.” - Seth Borenstein Associate Press science writer

To change the world, first change the story—Andy Goodman

"If you want to change the world for the better, first you have to change the story."

The greenhouse effect isn’t rocket science

‘The science behind the greenhouse effect was simple enough to have been widely understood by the mid 19th century, when the light bulb and the telephone and the automobile where being invented – and not the atomic bomb or the iPhone or the space shuttle. The greenhouse effect isn’t rock science.’ – Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise, page 376.

Skepticism vs. Denial

Skepticism = looking at all the evidence before drawing a conclusion. Denial = rejecting any evidence that does not support your preferred, predetermined conclusion.

Scientist to write plain English?  Like asking cat to bark

"It should be possible to write about science in plain English, though asking a scientist to do that is like asking a cat to bark."— Dr. Richard Somerville, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report.

Responsibility (personal and for the planet) is a Republican value

"Responsibility is a big Republican theme. Why should we not take responsibility for what we are collectively doing to the climate system?" — conservative Republican MIT climate scientist Dr. Kerry Emanuel

Replace "ands" with "buts" and "therefores

Replace your "ands" with "buts" or "therefores." It makes for better writing —Trey Parker, writer of South Park, on the art of storytelling.

Ocean barnacles don't respond to Fox News, just sea level rise

‘Ocean barnacles don’t know science. They don’t read science. They don’t watch Fox News… What they do is they respond to the actual position of the ocean and they are moving up.” – Peter Harlem at Florida International University

Category:Who to Believe?
No warming since 1998? It's like the tail wagging the dog

'When you focus on just atmospheric heat to measure global warming, it's like tracking the tip of your dog’s tail to determine its location, instead of the body of the dog.' — Greg Laden, biological anthropologist and science communicator.

Gateway fact: 97% of climate scientists think human-caused climate change is real

“Based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate experts are convinced that human-caused climate change is happening.” – Edward Maibach, Teresa Myers, & Anthony Leiserowitz, of George Mason & Yale Universities.

ESPN: ‘Cheering for bad basketball, like cheering for cold in Antarctica.’

“We can point to (NCAA men’s basketball) games and say ‘that was a great game’ or ‘this has been a great tournament’ but that is like denying there is climate change by saying ‘Hey it was cold yesterday in the Antarctic.’”

Don't like big government? Then act now to solve climate change

"I do not want the government telling me what to do. But, the longer we wait, the worse this problem gets...then you are going to see a lot of government interventions that you do not want to see at all." — Naomi Oreskes.

Don't fear global warming but do fear local climate destabilization

"Unfortunately, the focus remains mostly on “global warming” instead of on the bigger concern—that we are disrupting the planet’s climate in completely unpredictable ways." — Ajit Varki and Danny Brower, writers of the 2013 book, "Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind."

Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it

“Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it. Humans have changed the climate so now all weather is affected by us.” – Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York.

Climate is a trend, weather is a snapshot

"Climate is a trend, weather is a snapshot." – Adam Kutell, software developer and advanced level Toastmaster in St. Louis, Missouri.

Are models wrong? No, they're 'useful'.

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful” — George E. P. Box