Verbal Warming: Labels in the Climate Debate

Interesting piece that focuses on the power of language and labels when framing a debate and characterizing your position on an issue. Why does it matter whether a person is called a “skeptic” or “denier?” Even if the arguments don’t change, the labels have a powerful influence on characterizing their positions and affecting the way they are perceived.

“The petition asks the news media to abandon the most frequently used term for people who question climate science, ‘skeptics,’ and call them ‘climate deniers’ instead.”

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