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Scientist to write plain English?  Like asking cat to bark

Bite"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.
Replace "ands" with "buts" and "therefores

BiteReplace your "ands" with "buts" or "therefores." It makes for better writing —Trey Parker, writer of South Park, on the art of storytelling.
"Global Warming is a misnomer..."—John Holdren

Bite"The popular term 'global warming' is a misnomer. It implies something uniform, gradual, mainly about tempera­ture, and quite possibly benign. What is happening to global climate is none of those."
Are models wrong? No, they're 'useful'.

Bite“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful” — George E. P. Box
To change the world, first change the story—Andy Goodman

Bite"If you want to change the world for the better, first you have to change the story."
Don't like big government? Then act now to solve climate change

Bite"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.
Skepticism vs. Denial

BiteSkepticism = looking at all the evidence before drawing a conclusion. Denial = rejecting any evidence that does not support your preferred, predetermined conclusion.
'Clean Coal'; a breakthrough —in marketing?

Bite" 'Clean coal' represents a breakthrough —in the marketing of coal. But it does not represent a breakthrough in the burning of coal." —Van Jones
Responsibility (personal and for the planet) is a Republican value

Bite"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
A political issue? Ultimately, it's an argument of humans vs. physics

Bite"(Climate Change) is ultimately an argument of humans vs. physics. It is not Republicans vs. Democrats, liberals vs conservatives, or environmentalists vs. industry. This issue is about whether the planet can live compatibly with our complex human brains." - Bill McKibben, climate activist and fou...
Don't fear global warming but do fear local climate destabilization

Bite"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 M...
No warming since 1998? It's like the tail wagging the dog

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

Bite“In science, 95 percent certainty is often considered the gold standard for certainty.” - Seth Borenstein Associate Press science writer
The greenhouse effect isn’t rocket science

Bite‘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.’ ...
Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it

Bite“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.
A political issue? That's like choosing sides over E = mc2

Bite"Climate change has taken on political dimensions...That's odd because I don't see people choosing sides over E = mc2 or other fundamental facts of science." — Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, Host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
Climate is a trend, weather is a snapshot

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

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