Climate Change Denial

People fall into various categories when it comes to climate change.

type notes examples
Republicans These people know absolutely nothing about climate change. They are told it is a liberal conspiracy, so they would not be caught dead reading about it any more than they would the Communist Manifesto or the Atheist Debater’s Handbook. Their climate-change denials are based on peer-pressure and the echo-chamber. Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Senator James Inhofe, Ben Stein, Rush Limbaugh.
faux climate change deniers These are typically elderly people with extensive financial holdings in the sunset fossil fuel industries. They are fully aware of the climate change catastrophe bearing down on us, but they do not care. They will be dead. What matters is winning the money game in the little time they have left. So they spend billions on FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) to confuse people about climate change. They can also be paid liars for the fossil fuel industry. They are willing to betray their planet for a decent sized hunk of change. source. The Koch Brothers, Chris Christie, Michael Crichton, Paul Driessen, Steven Milloy.
conspiracy theorists Some people just naturally gravitate to a conspiracy theory no matter how absurd. They like the idea of all scientists in the world secretly faking scientific data and peer reviewed articles, all of them motivated by greed. It does not bother them there was not one whistle-blower or one document. If the plot seems plausible to a non-scientist, it must be so, even if there is no evidence for it. Alex Jones, Internet trollers
faux champions Usually politicians who claim to be champions of dealing with climate change, particularly setting targets for 2050 when they will no longer be in office. Yet they are ironically evangelists for pipelines and increased fossil fuel extractions. They oppose carbon taxes. They oppose investment in clean energy. They are puppets of their fossil-fuel contributors and their ignorant constituents demanding fossil-fuel jobs even if they destroy the planet. Justin Trudeau, Rachel Notley, Christy Clark
lip servers These are people claim to be all for taking urgent action on climate change, but do nothing at all in their private lives to help. They still drive a gas guzzler, they never bike, their house is lit up like a Christmas tree with incandescent bulbs… They heat their whole house 24-7 whether they are home or not. They refuse to inconvenience themselves in the slightest on behalf of the planet. wealthy liberals
ego maniacs Bloggers and Youtubers who like to claim, even without any education, they know far more than the experts. They have noticed errors that the professionals missed. They desperately want to be admired. They leap on any supposed discrepancy without researching it. They desperately want the pros to be wrong or crooked. Youtubers and bloggers
third worlders People in the third world, on a per capita basis, emit far less CO₂ than we do. They have no cars. They have no giant houses to heat. They have no electric appliances. However, they are first to feel the sting of the consequence of climate change. people living outside North America and Europe.
true champions People who work tirelessly to educate the public about climate change, to debunk the climate change deniers. They put up with extreme abuse. Al Gore, David Suzuki, Elizabeth May, Andrew Weaver, Guy Dauncey, Jared Diamond, Gwynne Dyer, Tim Flannery, Richard Heinberg, George Monbiot, Bill Maher.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)