13.2 Science & Skepticism
Skepticism is an essential part of the scientific method. Scientists see the benefit in being proven wrong. Yet the so-called global warming skeptics (deniers is a more appropriate term) believe that the scientists have an unprofessional interest in the outcome and are rigging it. The accusations are partly self-delusion and partly just plain lying. 
While there is much legitimate debate about the particulars of global warming like how bad and how fast. Yet there is no legitimate debate about whether human-generated carbon emissions are the root of the problem – humans have thrown the great carbon cycle horribly out of whack and it is only a question of just how sensitive is she to our abuse.
Man-made global warming is as scientifically certain as the rising sun, Einstein’s theory of relativity or Darwin’s theory of evolution. The science of climate change is now essential to understanding how our world actually works and will work in the future.
 It’s almost embarrassing to include such a note but we live in the U.S., where public opinion has been so damaged by a few corporations and religious fundamentalists. Just recently Bob Lutz, General Motors’ vice chairman, stated that in his view, global warming is a “total crock of shit.” Then he added: “I’m a skeptic, not a denier. Having said that, my opinion doesn’t matter.” (source: http://www.frontburner.dmagazine.com) See Chapter 2, “The Denial Industry,” in the book Heat, How to Stop the Planet From Burning, by George Monbiot, 2006.