A question of terminology…

Posted on timeJuly 28th, 2007 by userPali Gap


When it comes to rhetorical devices, the proponents of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), like the Devil, seem to have all the best tunes. Those with whom they disagree they refer to as “deniers” and/or “contrarians“.

The best response of course is the somewhat lofty one viz. that this just goes to show the irrationalism endemic in some elements of their cause. But that’s not much fun is it!

And in any case, in the course of any discussion there is the simple, practical problem of how best to refer to the side that is promoting the AGW conjecture. The impressive neutrality and accuracy of the phrase “the proponents of Anthropogenic Global Warming” is only matched by its ponderous ugliness.

I think then I will go with the term  “warming-monger” in the future as a probably ill-advised and futile attempt to respond in kind to the use of “denier” and “contrarian” by the AGW folks.

As they say, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em“.

(But then, as it also said, “those who live by the sword shall die by the sword“…)

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