Chapter 16: Climate skepticism
This chapter examines the changing use and meaning of the term ‘skeptic’ in the US elite press. Based on an analysis of the New York Times, it appears that the meaning of the word skeptic changed from a synonym of legitimate critic to an illegitimate form of dissent. Different forms of climate skepticism appear in different time periods. Over time an escalation in rhetorical armory can be shown, which was associated with political events, such as the Kyoto Protocol and the partisan mobilization of science at Congressional hearings.
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