Campus Units

English

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

11-2009

Conference Title

National Communication Association Conference

Conference Date

November 2009

City

Chicago, IL, United States

Abstract

The word “consensus” does not appear in the first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change back in 1989. It appears prominently, however, when scientists associated with Working Group I represented the report’s findings to the public. This early commitment to “consensus” talk legitimated opponents’ attacks on the existence of a scientific consensus, locked the scientific community in to defending a rigid position, and lead the public debate in unhelpful directions for twenty years. There were alternatives.

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This paper was presented at the National Communication Association conference, Chicago, November, 2009.

Copyright Owner

Jean Goodwin

Language

en

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