You'd think climate science deniers would be more laid back these days, basking in the election of an anti-science billionaire, Donald Trump. Instead, it seems to me they've just got more upset with climate science. Maybe they are figuring out that Trump won't stop climate change and can't change scientific knowledge.
This little exchange is quite typical of anti-science deniers and climate conspiracy theorists. Deniers are such fake sceptics that they cannot bear to see tweets from a climate hawk on Twitter, as this episode with John Barry @CardsFanTX illustrates.
To explain - this just happened. Someone called John Barry @CardsFanTX tweeted me, before blocking me. He made an easily disproven statement (link):
I replied with this:
@CardsFanTX @GrnConservatism @auffhammer 2 different things. Deniers are rigorous at nothing but rejecting science. They've no scepticism.— Sou at HotWhopper (@SouBundanga) December 28, 2016
@CardsFanTX shot back, as if he wanted to clarify my meaning:
@CardsFanTX @GrnConservatism @auffhammer Yes, deniers of anthropogenic climate change. ie "climate hoax" believers. What else would I mean?— Sou at HotWhopper (@SouBundanga) December 28, 2016
He then sent a mini tweet storm - one, two, three:
The start of the story
Can the Obama administration nominate IPCC authors for the special reports still? I assume the Trumpians get to pick the AR6 team. Scary.— Max Auffhammer (@auffhammer) December 24, 2016
I replied that while governments nominate, it's the IPCC that selects authors:
.@auffhammer @KathMorrow90 Trump can nominate IPCC authors, but they won't nec'y be selected. IPCC chooses. 1/2 https://t.co/Nz4Xzw9EAb pic.twitter.com/9jDu32Ex9a— Sou at HotWhopper (@SouBundanga) December 26, 2016
I then tweeted this, which got some deniers all in a twitter:
.@auffhammer Could end up with no IPCC authors from USA if Trump selects only deniers (wld be hard, there aren't enough denier scis in USA).— Sou at HotWhopper (@SouBundanga) December 26, 2016
But later amended it to this, which is more accurate:
.@cynthharrington IPCC working groups are able to judge competence of scientists even if Trump is not. 1/2— Sou at HotWhopper (@SouBundanga) December 26, 2016
.@cynthharrington Even if US govt gets out of UNFCCC, reputable US scientists will probably still contribute and their work will be cited.— Sou at HotWhopper (@SouBundanga) December 26, 2016
This little tale is just a small illustration of how deniers have to work to get back in their denialist bubble if they mistakenly stray out of it. Long term deniers of anthropogenic climate change are not innocent, they are wilfully ignorant.