Bill Nye “Climate Skeptics” : Educator and other scientists tell journalists to stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’

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Updated: December 11, 2014
Bill Nye "Climate Skeptics" : Educator and other scientists tell journalists to stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’

Bill Nye: climate change deniers are not ‘skeptics’, group of scientists, science professionals and skeptic activists released a letter to the public late last week demanding that news outlets and media stop calling climate change deniers skeptics.

The letter comes after a New York Times article referred to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., as a “prominent skeptic of climate change.” Inhofe, who authored the book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, has vowed to interrogate EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy over the projections of environmental damage resulting from the Keystone XL. Environmentalists and many Democrats argue that the construction of the Keystone XL would only provide a small amount of temporary jobs while doing irreparable damage to the environment.

“Inhofe’s belief that global warming is ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people’ is an extraordinary claim indeed. He has never been able to provide evidence for this vast alleged conspiracy. That alone should disqualify him from using the title ‘skeptic,'” the scientists wrote.

The scientists said they promote scientific skepticism because it is the basis of discovery and accurate research, but insisted those who deny the reality of climate change are, in fact, “deniers” and not “skeptics.”

“By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry,” they said.

The Keystone XL approval failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate of the 113th Congress, but is expected to be taken up again when Congress returns for the 114th Congress where both chambers will be controlled by Republicans.