They changed “Global Warming” to “Climate Change” to scam us

by Richard on January 28, 2018

The term ‘Climate Change’ was adopted in preference to ‘Global Warming’ in a deliberate attempt to distract the public as part of a political campaign.

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I didn’t watch Piers Morgan’s interview with Donald Trump. When I need an emetic, I’ll go to the chemist. But I was interested to read a report of it in The Independent. The headline “Donald Trump appears to misunderstand basic facts of climate change” didn’t exactly surprise, but there were some interesting nuggets in the piece. In particular, my eye was caught by this:

When asked if he believed in the existence of climate change, however, Mr Trump’s answer did not chime with the scientific consensus.

“There is a cooling, and there’s a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be climate change, it used to be global warming. That wasn’t working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place,” he said.

Global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably, but in fact refer to slightly different things. The two are not mutually exclusive.

While global warming refers only to the Earth’s rising surface temperature, climate change is a broader term that includes the other effects of carbon pollution, such as changing weather patterns.

Trump’s claim that the terminology of ‘global warming’ was changed to ‘climate change’, and The Indie’s subsequent justification of it, have been commonplace for a long time. Even NASA plays along.

It is easy to forget (I had in fact forgotten!) that the widespread use of ‘climate change’ as the prefered nomenclature can be traced to Republican consultant Frank Luntz who argued for the re-framing of global warming as climate change for entirely political ends. Here’s an extract from a leaked memo from Luntz, reported in the Guardian in 2003
The article went on to conclude,

“A compelling story, even if factually inaccurate, can be more emotionally compelling than a dry recitation of the truth,” Mr Luntz notes in the memo.

So compelling, in fact, that it has become entirely mainstream.

Meanwhile, climate change deniers continue to claim that it is scientists and environmentalists who have politicized this issue. And we let them get away with it.

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