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There are, broadly speaking, 4 camps in the climate debate - Denialists, Skeptics, Warmists and Alarmists*.
The extremes on both sides, and their apologists, like to utilize the standard crimes against logic.

I often wonder why you, in particular, are so sensitive to arguments from authority.
I often wonder why you, in particular, are so embracing of the appeal to authority as a justification. Not what I would expect from a Friend, but I only know a handful so maybe my sample is biased.
I am always suspicious of someone who abdicates their own reason and responsibility by saying "Well, so-and-so says...".

Not being a fool, I always evaluate the source when weighing the evidence.
I evaluate the evidence on its own merit. I may use sources I trust for more data, and I may put data from a suspicious source through a bit more scrutiny, but I always expect the data to stand on its own.
Let me provide an example - I absolutely loathe Michael Moore. He is a self-promoting propagandist of the worst sort. That said, most of his movie Roger and Me is spot on. I don't reject the facts simply because it is Moore spouting them.

This is not reifying or bowing to authority, it is merely weighing the evidence.
This statement absolutely boggles my mind. I know you actually mean it, and I cannot fathom how or why.


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* There are also individuals who label themselves as LukeWarmists. For my part, I group most of them in with skeptics, though they may quibble.
I suspect Loren considers himself a Warmist, though I tend to find him leaning Alarmist upon occasion.
I see jck as firmly in the Skeptics.
I also find most Warmists have difficulty telling the difference between a Skeptic and a Denialist. I blame group-think.
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