This was gold.
Over on “Mornings with David Oldfield on 2UE” Facebook, page David Rees, a vocal anti-AGW “skeptic” declared the following as part of his overall effort to provide evidence against AGW:
As someone who was skeptical about AGW up until late 2010, the strides I’ve made in to better understanding the science makes me embarrassed that people like this call themselves skeptics.
Through-out the various posts on the “Mornings with David Oldfield on 2UE 954AM” page, I address the evidence for AGW, and each time there are countless personal attacks, quote-mining, and rafts of “errors in reasoning”. None have listed scientific evidence, preferring to present news articles that, when you read the actual paper being cited (or simply referred to in most cases) conclude the opposite to what is claimed.
Some AGW-skeptics on the Facebook page opt for a cynical rather than skeptical approach, ignoring the evidence presented and then trotted out the same PRATT (Points Raised A Thousand Times) addressed earlier. There are some however who outright declare that no evidence will sway them, despite claiming they are not deniers. .. And then, there are the Trolls, waffling on about toasters, and saying “The sun is hot.The Sun Warms Earth. It’s the sun.”
I will add that I am not aware of David Oldfield’s current views on AGW, and I do not expect the views of his listeners to be necessarily the views held by him.
I have since resigned myself to being less interested in addressing “AGW denialists” and focus on promoting science and critical thinking. I will however, be open to those genuinely looking for the evidence for Anthropogenic Global Warming!