Media terminology matters when covering controversial science like climate change because it immediately frames the discussion. This concern was recently addressed in an open letter by the Center For Inquiry and signed by the likes of Lawrence Krauss, James Randi, Bill Nye, and a number of other academics (coverage by Salon, Forbes, National Journal).
“As scientific skeptics, we are well aware of political efforts to undermine climate science by those who deny reality but do not engage in scientific research or consider evidence that their deeply held opinions are wrong. The most appropriate word to describe the behavior of those individuals is “denial.” Not all individuals who call themselves climate change skeptics are deniers. But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry.”
This comic is dedicated to long-time supporter Larian Laquella, at least that’s what he goes by online, a member of the Granite State Skeptics. I’ve known him for years since my first TAM, and every year he can be found there at the Del Mar lounge reading Cards Against Humanity punchlines at the top of his lungs for all to hear. He was one of many Kickstarter Backers and I’m happy to finally be getting through the personalized rewards.
I don't want to refer to ideologists as climate change skeptics, what else can I-
Climate change deniers.
That's a good one! But what about people who oppose evolution?
Primate change deniers.
-and people against vaccinations?
Germ exchange deniers.