The fact that scientists overwhelmingly agree humans are causing a rapid and dangerous rise in temperature should come as little comfort to advocates. Pruitt shows that for many Americans, science isn’t the strength of the climate movement. It’s the Achilles heel, and fossil fuel firms have been hacking away at it for decades.
Reporting that scientists agree on something is not science. It’s an appeal to authority. Bombarding people with historical data is not science. It is just a list of facts, and a type of story. The climate movement does not need more stories or more people regurgitating statistics about how many scientists agree on something.
In fact, the climate movement doesn’t have enough science incorporated into its messaging. How often do actual physical mechanisms of action get brought up in climate discussions? How often do processes such as quantized radiation, absorption spectra, black body radiation, or any of the basic physics governing heating and cooling get broken down and explained so that anyone can understand them?
The answer is almost never. There is an absolute paucity of science being discussed in the climate movement. What does not work is telling people to believe something because this or that scientist believes it. What does work is giving people knowledge to which they can apply critical thinking skills to arrive at logical conclusions.
In fact, global warming is easy to understand, and once you understand it, no amount of nonsense propaganda from vested interests that oppose the climate movement can sway you.