My latest DeSmogBlog piece reports on a recent study by Andrew Hoffman of the University of Michigan, analyzing the differences in rhetoric between those who want climate action and those who oppose it. Some of the findings weren’t that surprising, but one certainly dramatized things for me. As Hoffman writes, based on his survey of newspaper opinion pieces:
Similar to the terminology of the climate denier movement, nearly 25% of all skeptical articles refer to climate change proponents as “alarmists.” More specifically, the dominant political target of these arguments is Al Gore, who is blamed by skeptical authors for fabricating the problem of climate change for ideological and personal gain. A word count of all the skeptical articles showed that nearly 40% of them mention Gore in one fashion or another.
I knew they liked to bash Gore, but I didn’t know it was quite this dramatic.