Somehow we need to find more courage to be as open, forthright and communicating as Professor Stephen Schneider was.
There’s a neat little linguistic trick that’s been used with much success in ideologically-oriented journalism over the years.
The reader feels he is being clever when he reads a qualifying statement, hinting at doubt or uncertainty, in an article or report about Climate Change, and concludes “I’m smart enough to realise that, because another view has been voiced, the science isn’t as settled as the scientists are claiming”.
And so you get people with absolutely no relevant education or training declaring things like a family friend of mine did last year, “I think Global Warming is not as bad as they are saying it is.”
What did he base his confidence in his own reasoning upon ?
Take a guess.