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  •  No. If you have the science backing you up, (11+ / 0-)

    any underhanded tricks will only tarnish the reputation of the science. People will come around, the pendulum will swing our way in time. It's better to maintain the high road until then.

    Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
    -Richard Feynman

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 02:15:17 PM PST

    •  Yah. It's not trolling if it's true. (2+ / 0-)
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      miango113, IowaBiologist

      Sharing the legitimate scientific evidence which supports CO2 emissions leading to climate change is not trolling.

      Completely agreed. Just the facts.

    •  Do the underhanded tricks even work? (0+ / 0-)

      The polls show that people are likelier to believe in global warming on warm days and less likely to believe on cold days. My question is, doesn't that mean that they are actually so stupid that their belief swings back and forth with the temperature? In that case, there's no connection between "cold trolling" and this weird oscillation in belief. The claim that cold weather proves no global warming isn't convincing, it's the cold weather that's convincing. Once the weather turns hot again, that conviction evaporates. We don't have to fight the cold trolling with anything, because it doesn't have any lasting effect.

      I would be interested in a different kind of poll, one that tried to figure out how effective messages affirming or denying global warming were on hot and cold days. It would be much harder to get some reliable data on that question, but that's the question that really matters. If people really are more receptive to pro messages they hear on hot days, then why not work with the grain of human psychology, and make true claims about global warming on the hottest days of the year?

    •  I was also going to vote "no". (1+ / 0-)
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      peregrine kate

      I completely agree with your argument. But a long-long-LONG time ago I made a promise to myself that in any poll that includes "pie" (or any variation thereof) as a choice will get my loyal "pie" vote.

      "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." – Leonard Bernstein

      by frisco on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 06:33:04 PM PST

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