Issue Date: October 29, 2007
Global Warming Straw Man
Rudy Baum's criticism of global warming skeptics trots out some well-known diversionary tactics (C&EN, Sept. 10, page 5). First, accuse your opponents of some characteristic that would make them untrustworthy, such as "do not like being pinned down in making their arguments," as if to make them seem slimy or disreputable. Then throw out some disconnected assertions to "prove" the idea that they're not credible, such as some skeptics argue that CO2 "isn't a greenhouse gas." Then go on to cite a couple more irrelevant argument points just to confuse things.
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