Debunking "The 18-Year Pause In Global Warming!"

 
 Photo: Christopher Monckton/ClimateDepot

Photo: Christopher Monckton/ClimateDepot

 

Global warming deniers claim that there was an 18-year pause in global warming which started in 1998. As I show here, this apparent hiatus was actually the product of biases in the data. Once these are corrected for, the pause evaporates. I also make some points about how to properly examine data, and I respond to the idea that these temperature corrections are part of a scientific conspiracy.

Debunking: "The 97% Global Warming Consensus Is A Lie! It's Actually 52%!"

 
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Photos: Dori/Wikimedia Commons; Skeptical Science/Wikimedia Commons

 

Climate-change deniers argue that there actually is not a 97% manmade global-warming consensus among scientists and climatologists. They claim the true statistic is anywhere from 52% to a laughable 1%.

Here, I take a very close look at the studies and surveys on these questions and provide accurate statistics on the percentage of climate change publications that reject anthropogenic global warming, and also the percentage of scientists, climatologists, and top-publishing climatologists that believe in AGW and believe that it's dangerous.

In the process, I also debunk many of the flaws in the arguments and critiques used by deniers to poke holes in these studies, reject this data, and support a much lower figure. Enjoy!

Debunking Republican Healthcare Myths: "People Come To U.S. For Care!"

 
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Photos: Photo #1043976/PxHere; Kristopher Radder - Official U.S. Navy Page/Flickr

 

While many do come to the U.S. for healthcare, a much larger number of people leave the U.S. for care. Medical tourism takes place to and from many different countries for many different reasons, and the complex reality of the situation is nothing like the crude, one-sided picture that conservatives paint for us. There's also no good evidence to support the claim that the U.S. has the world's best doctors and medical facilities.

Debunking Republican Healthcare Myths: U.S. Innovation & Subsidizing Others

 
 Thumbnail photos: Ajale/Pixabay; jnn1776/Flickr

Thumbnail photos: Ajale/Pixabay; jnn1776/Flickr

 

Conservatives argue that the U.S. healthcare system is responsible for a uniquely high amount of medical innovation. They also argue that higher U.S. healthcare costs supply the medical industry with the necessary income to fund their R&D—which the rest of the world benefits from. As I show here, these, and other related arguments, are not supported by the appropriate data and don't stand up to scrutiny.

Debunking The "Mysterious" Bermuda Triangle: Disappearances & Paranormal Events

 
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Thumbnail photos: Alphaios & -Majestic-/Wikimedia Commons; Lt. Comdr. Horace Bristol, U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

 

Contrary to popular belief, there's actually nothing dangerous about The Bermuda Triangle. Proposed paranormal explanations for why planes and ships go missing here don't stand up to scrutiny, and a variety of ordinary, naturalistic events can account for the Bermuda Triangle disappearances—even the ones held up as proof of the mysterious nature of the Triangle.

Debunking: "Chemtrails Are A Sinister Government Plot!"

 
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Photos: imagii/Pixabay; OpenClipArt-Vectors/Pixabay; 

 

A widely-believed conspiracy theory is that there's a secret government plot to spray chemtrails into the atmosphere. In reality, there is no good reason to believe that what we see in the sky are anything more than ordinary contrails. The arguments made by chemtrailers are deeply flawed and illogical, and their position is fundamentally unsupported by evidence.

Debunking: "Evolution & Mutation Can't Increase Information!"

 
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Photos: JJjayco/YouTube; quimono (Arek Socho)/Pixabay

 

Creationists sometimes argue that mutation and evolution can't increase the amount of information in the genome—and thus, can't explain how life became more complex over time. Not only is this claim an outright falsehood that can be disproven by many examples, but arguments of this kind are riddled with many flaws.

Debunking Christian Nonsense: Presuppositional Apologetics (Sye Ten Bruggencate)

 
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Photos: TheThinkingAtheist/YouTube; Waiting For The Word/Flickr

 

During his debate against Matt Dillahunty, the presuppositional apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate made a variety of unjustified and ridiculous arguments. Presuppositional apologetics is a branch of theological argumentation that appears confusing and perhaps even convincing at first glance, but it does not withstand a close inspection, as I show here.

In The News (#3): Outrage Culture, Trump & North Korea, EPA Deregulation, CO2 & Obesity

 
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Photos: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons; Neil Grabowsky/Montclair Film/Flickr; Eric Vance/EPA

 

In today's In The News segment, I discuss how I think outrage culture has been going too far lately (e.g., Samantha Bee, Sam Seder, Cenk Uygur, and Al Franken), the upcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea (and calls by House Republicans and Trump supporters to award Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts), recent EPA deregulations under Scott Pruitt, and a study which found that injecting CO2 reduced belly fat.

Debunking: "Global Warming Is GOOD For Us & The Environment!"

 
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Photos: Avtar Kamani/Pixabay; Gage Skidmore/Flickr

 

Some argue that global warming is actually going to be GOOD—both for humans and for the environment. Although there are a few potential benefits from climate change, these are far outweighed by the many harms that will result. Furthermore, many of the benefits are not as straightforward as they're made out to be, and they, in fact, come with many qualifications.

Debunking: "Record-Setting Cold & Snow Disproves Global Warming!"

 
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Photos: C-SPAN/C-SPAN.org; cwizner/Pixabay

 

Contrary to what climate-change deniers will tell you, record-setting cold or snowy days do NOT disprove global warming. In addition to explaining here what's wrong with these arguments, I also point out how global warming can actually exacerbate certain cold-weather events, and I also break down and refute some arguments made by a climate-change denier on subjects like Arctic Sea ice, Al Gore, and so forth.

Debunking Steven Crowder's Arguments – Defending Social Democracies

 
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Photos: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons; Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons; Political Map of Europe/Mapswire

 

Steven Crowder's criticisms of Bernie Sanders and the social democracies of Europe are inaccurate and misguided. Here, I examine how these countries compare to the United States in a variety of ways, and I also break down and refute some of Crowder's arguments on subjects like health care, education, taxation, and the best way to structure our government.