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Joe Camel thinks he’s a science expert

Would you trust Joe Camel to teach science to your children? Even lifelong smokers don't want Joe near their kids. The tobacco industry pioneered modern disinformation to discredit medical research. Now some "skeptics" use the same tactics to discredit climate science.

I have a theory that bigfoot exists!

Oh really, what is your evidence? Many people are confused about the definition of the word 'theory,' especially with climate change.

Models are unreliable?  You mean late for photo shoots?

Models are unreliable. I agree -- they are often late for photo shoots, and sometimes never show up at all!

To find truth, hire a detective.   To just win, hire a lawyer.

If you want to find the truth, hire a detective (or scientist). If you just want to win, hire a lawyer (or PR firm).

Do you argue with your plumber?

Do you greet your plumber with this skepticism: “Yeah, right! You’re just gonna snake that little thing down there and it’s gonna clear up the problem? Sure. And I’m supposed to believe that?”

Would you believe a detective who pins murder on a ghost?

Suppose you saw a dead body in a crime scene. Would you believe a police detective who says, 'A ghost did it!' when there's evidence everywhere that a particular person committed the crime?

Do you cheer for baseball players who always strike out?

Do you root for baseball players with lifetime .000 batting averages? This is like listening to the rare scientists who reject climate change science. Their work has been thoroughly discredited by the global scientific community.

Are you calling the U.S. Armed Forces 'Chicken Little'?

Critics call people concerned about climate change 'Chicken Little Alarmists.' However, U.S. Defense Dept. is worried about climate change.

Like like blaming a raccoon for going thru your trash

Blaming Exxon "is like blaming a raccoon for going through your trash. They’re simply responding to available opportunities." Their "multi-billion dollar investment" in Arctic seabed exploration "is predicated on Exxon’s belief that the planet is warming. . . is one of the most powerful admissions of the reality of climate change imaginable."

When in doubt, ask... the Roman Catholic Church!

"At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family.” — U.S. Bishops

When in doubt, ask... your insurance company!

“The prospect of extreme climate change and its potentially devastating economic and social consequences are of great concern to the insurance industry.” — Kyoto Statement of The Geneva Association, 29th May, 2009

Galileo Gambit:  "They also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."—Carl Sagan

Would you argue with your doctor over a heart condition?

Some people say ‘When you are sure about climate change, then we will do something about it.’ Suppose your doctor says ‘Well, I am very concerned about your heart condition. I think you should be on a low cholesterol diet and exercise.’ Would anybody say to their doctor ‘If you can't tell me precisely when am I going to have the heart attack and how severe it will be.’ then why should I change my lifestyle?' - Inspired by Stephen Schneider, Ph.D.

Is the fox a "serious" protector of the henhouse?

Calling him [an oil lobbyist] a serious source on climate is like calling a fox a "serious" protector of the hen house.

Free Beer!

That's about the only thing where you can get scientists to agree. Yet. . .The overwhelming majority of climate scientists accept that climate change is real, happening right now, caused by humans.

Consensus?  97+% of climate researchers support IPCC

"...97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of ACC [anthropogenic climate change] outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change..." —Anderegg, Prall, Harold, & Schneider (PNAS, 2010).

Your child has worrisome symptoms.   97 doctors say 'treat.'

97 of 100 doctors recommend quick action to correct your child's serious abnormalities revealed by tests. One doctor says the child seems healthy, it could be a natural, so 'wait and see.'
"Now, suppose you're the parent. What would you do?"

Send your grandkids on an unsafe airplane?

Would you put your grandkids on an airplane that 97 of the top 100 aerospace engineers declared unsafe, because you heard the 3 others say 'no problem, it's perfectly sound?'

Ignore 97 out of 100 oncologists saying, 'Let's remove that mole!'

If 97 out of 100 oncologists advised you to remove a skin mole, would you listen to 3 oncologists saying the spot on your skin is benign? Are you willing to risk for your life on the advice of 3% of doctors?

Every major national science academy in world...

"Every major national science academy in the world has reported that global warming is real, caused mostly by humans, and requires urgent action."—Dr. James Hansen, NASA

I am not an alarmist, but I am alarmed.  You should be too.

"The excess CO2 that is pumped into the air today will affect our planet for thousands of years into the future. I am not an alarmist, but I am alarmed. You should be too."—Dr. Stephen Mulkey.

1 out of 33 dentists recommend sugarless chewing gum

Would you ever see a commercial like this? No, because then you would think, 'what are the other 32 out of 33 dentists saying?'

That iceberg looming just ahead...is global warming

100 years ago, Titanic's Captain Smith steamed ahead full speed, despite iceberg warnings. By time the fatal 'berg was visible, it was too late to turn the big ship. Today, the looming hazard is global warming. Will we heed the warnings in time to change course?

Still wearing those 1970s outdated disco clothes?

Just as bad as wearing outdated disco clothes is believing this outdated idea: 'scientists still disagree if humans are causing climate change.'

When in doubt, ask...  big business!

"Last month, more than 70 European companies, including Ikea and Coca Cola, asked the European Union to aim for more ambitious carbon cuts."—Chris Huhne.

So 97 doctors told you that lump must be removed, but. .

97 doctors said you must have a tumor removed or it'll kill you. But you decided to follow the advice of 3 who said "Nah, it's just a shadow on the x-ray." . . . So, how did that work out for you?

When in doubt, ask. . . an investor!

Climate change is "a significant investment risk for the foreseeable future".

Psst...Guess what I heard from the watergate burglars!

Do you believe information provided from the Watergate Burglars? No, neither should you believe computer hackers who steal private e-mails from scientists.

Scientific consensus matters; even Galileo made mistakes.

Galileo championed the idea that Earth revolves around the sun, but some of his evidence was later proven wrong. Today, peer review and consensus are how science errors get corrected. "People who say science is not about consensus, do not understand science."

Would you drive on a bridge 97% of engineers agree will collapse?

97% of engineers agree bridge ahead will collapse. 3% say not to worry. Would you keep driving?

Drive your car if 97% of mechanics agree your brakes are shot?

97% of mechanics agree your brakes are shot. 3% say your brakes are fine. You family is inside the car. Who do you listen to?

Are you still debating if smoking causes cancer?

"Giving scientists and climate change deniers equal time is like having tobacco executives debate doctors on the safety of cigarettes." — Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii.

Deny global warming? Do you deny Air Force heat seeking missiles?

'In a bizarre sense, to deny global warming is to question the ability of the Air Force to put the right sensor on a heat seeking missile.' — Dr. Richard Alley, climate scientist at Penn State.

Would you eat a mushroom that 97% of experts say is poisonous?

If 97% of experts say a mushroom is poisonous but 3% say it is safe, would you feed it to your kids?

For U.S. military, it's mission reality, not a political debate

'For US Department of Defense, climate change is a mission reality, not a political debate.' — Mark Wright, a Pentagon spokesperson.