Briggs: Climate Denial and Slavery

William Briggs writes:

A common trope among academic philosophers, academic sociologists and the like—people without training in physics, that is—is to compare skepticism of the most shocking climate prognostications with belief in, and sympathy for, slavery.

Yes; if you express concern that, for instance, our certainty in high-level cloud feedback climate model parameterizations is too high, and that models would produce better, more accurate forecasts were they to take parameterization uncertainty into account, if you doubt whether (say) the number of ambulance trips in Australia1 really will skyrocket if the global average temperature increases by a tenth of a degree, these academics say that you probably would like to own slaves…

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