Rebuttal in a Pocket: Silence Climate Change Deniers With Settled Science

Fight hot air with truth—the future of the planet kinda' depends on it.
Win your next argument with a climate change denier with help from Skeptical Scientist. (Photo: Skeptical Science)
Jun 10, 2011· 1 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

Say you’re at a party. Any variety will do—could be birthday, house, or garden. You’re minding your business when, from outta' nowhere, a CCD (climate change denier) starts running his or her mouth, spewing lies about settled science. Chinese seed clouding, dinosaur flatulence, the sun, and or trees cause climate change, certainly not men!

You’re fairly certain the math supporting this CCD’s argument doesn’t add up, but you’re also not a scientist and the last thing you'd ever want to do is counter a lie with conjecture, hyperbole, or even a half-truth. So, what do you do?

Pull out your smartphone, pull up the app for Skeptical Scientist, and truth-bomb the ignorance right outta' this disinformed fool. With a smile, of course.

Founded by Australian solar physicist John Cook, the goal of Skeptical Scientist is, quite simply, to “explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming.”

Available for both the iPhone and Android markets, the super easy to use app, which was designed by Shine Technologies, lets you peruse three main denier categories: “It’s Not Happening,” “It’s Not Us,” and “It’s Not Bad.”

Another key feature is that the app’s content is refreshed by users. If you hear, see, read, or smell a skeptical argument, report it to the app, and a fresh rebuttal argument will be created.

As expected, not everyone out there on the interblogwebspherenet welcomed the app with open arms last year when it launched.

Climate Realists, a site runneth over with deniers, wrote this to its viewers, reports The Guardian:

"WARNING! There is an iphone app trying to put down what we have to say under the heading of 'Skeptical Science'. We need as many of you as possible to promote that this iphone app is yet another attempt to discredit 'Climate Realists'.

To this argument, we'd simply counter with a gem of a quote that John Huntsman, former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, said in an interview with TIME:

"All I know is 90 perecent of scientists say climate chane is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer, we'd listen to them."

Download the app here for iTunes or here for Android.