Featured on The Guardian‘s environmental blog, this useful site provides lots of information about climate science and, above all, debunks the weird and wonderful statements that the climate change denial lobby come out with. If you search for the tag “climate” here on WordPress.com you can already find a few.
Possibly the most annoying trait of reality deniers – of any type – is that many cling to their strange beliefs, asserting them loudly as fact, until even you (who may be an expert in the field) begin to wonder if you didn’t misremember something. It’s happened to me on several occasions, to the extent that I have probably become a trivia nerd. Certainly I no longer allow modesty to get the better of me. I’m good at what I do, I know my frigging job. That probably makes me an insufferable, stuck-up arsehole to some, but there you go. I’d rather be that than a dangerous fool any day.
Yet the big problem of deniers, or skeptics as the site calls them, is that their fantasies can be dangerous. Treating serious illness with sugar pills and faith is dangerous. Not vaccinating against potentially fatal or incapacitating infectious diseases is dangerous. Considering that the Highway Code and speed limits are only there for other people is dangerous (very widespread one, that).
In answer to at least one of the major areas where denial is dangerous – we’re talking about the survival of a large number of species, including our own – we have Skeptical Science, attacking the myths in circulation about climate change, and naming the most virulent supporters of this fantasy world: those going far beyond the already reprehensible “I’m alright, Jack” attitude of the average lazy bastard. Who lurks inside us all, let’s face it.