Update: In the article and comments, I've counted 35 deniers professing to be engineers. Did an actual count (but didn't double check). Could be more but definitely fewer than the 60+ I initially thought. The word "engineer" comes up 75 times so far. - Sou Sunday 28 July 13, 2:54 pm AEST.
Here are a few other stories, most of a similar vein. The starting point varies but for most deniers, the journey stopped at the first denialistic journalist, author or youtube video they found.
Bloke down the pub didn't want to "believe" so, ignoring the fact that CO2 has been higher in the past and earth has been warmer as a consequence, when he discovered there were others like him, the rest, as he says, was history:
July 25, 2013 at 11:55 am My academic standard only reaches Geology A’level. From what I had learnt though, I was pretty sure that the global temperature had previously been much higher than present. That seemed to torpedo the warmist’s claim that feedbacks were catastrophically positive. My first contact with sceptics came from Chris Bookers column in the Sunday Telegraph who guided me to WUWT and the rest as they say is history.
July 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm Well put. My journey toward climate skepticism began with reading Michael Crichton’s State of Fear. I was so intrigued that I checked the data, listened to skeptical speakers on you tube, and visited the sites you mentioned on line.
Bob Johnston says he stopped "believing" scientists when television spruikers were wrong about house prices:
July 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm My conversion from believer to skeptic came only after I came to rude awakenings in other disciplines. It started during the housing crisis (which is still ongoing, btw) – my occupation was residential construction and despite all the “experts” on TV and in newspapers saying it would keep going up I knew they were wrong and I was subsequently proven correct. That episode bitchslapped me into awareness – if everyone was wrong about something as fundamental as housing prices, what else are we wrong about?
kretchetov found a denier film and lots of denier websites. His motive for looking for other science deniers was because he is a conspiracy nutter and is paranoid about global control. He found a kindred spirit in Jo Nova :)
July 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm I had a similar path to the author. I had lots of questions, but seeing breathless propaganda about “settled science” made me suspicious. “The Great Global Warming Swindle” prompted me to seek answers on the internet, and I stumbled upon Jo Nova’s website, and from there, others. Having had classic scientific education, I can judge facts for myself, and what I saw made me really angry. And I saw a fraudulent attempt to use the name of science to install global control, raise unjustified taxes and impose bogus regulations. I still believe that CAGW ideology is more dangerous than any other totalitarian ideology or religion, as it has such popular support, yet outright wrong and will inevitably result in utter misery and death to many.
Too many engineers
- Michael J. Dunn says: July 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm I’m also a professional engineer,...
- Dave the Engineer says: July 25, 2013 at 11:31 am Skeptic from the beginning.
- Ken Hall says: July 25, 2013 at 11:37 am ...I was also educated in the 1980s and came to climate scepticism in an almost identical way...Being from a computing and engineering background, I instinctively distrusted climate models...
- John de Melle says: July 25, 2013 at 11:47 am I’m another proffessional engineer. Your road of discovery matches mine, exactly....
- Richard Lawson says: July 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm As an Engineer who was also messing about with Bunsen burners in the early ’80′s your story is a carbon copy of mine....
- Theo Barker says: July 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm Another engineer with a very similar path to similar stance.
- and many more.
In all, a search of the so far 412 comments finds the word "engineer" listed
There were eleven mentions of the word "geologist" but only four deniers saying they are geologists.
By contrast, the word "biologist" only appeared twice, both times in disparaging comments about biologists. The word "chemist" or a variant appeared seven times, but not a single person claimed it as their field. The only time the word "physicist" appeared was a denier saying they are a retired particle physicist.
Bombshell**! Smokey admits WUWT "regularly hears from scientific illiterates"
The following excerpt is just to show that WUWT moderator dbstealey/smokey skirts perilously close to the truth on rare occasions. The italics are my comments, with the second link showing how at least two of jai mitchell's comments were censored in the past week. Ironically, Smokey was trying to argue with jai, the subject of much censorship.
July 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm We regularly hear from scientific illiterates here. (Sou: more than regularly. You pretty well only have scientific illiterates, Smokey.) This site doesn’t censor their opinions, no matter how much pseudo-science they contain. (Sou: you allow pseudo-science. That's true. What you ban and censor is real science.)
**Bombshell is a word much used in climate discussions. It's a dog-whistle word.