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Sunday, February 04, 2007

What do YOU think: Global Warming or Climate Change

We here at the Sustainable Energy Alliance have been debating recently about whether "global warming" or "climate change" is a more effective way to frame the current crisis that we face. Does "climate change" seem more scary than "global warming"? Or vice versa? Is "climate change" being used by the skeptics to make the crisis appear less threatening? Is "global warming" simply a less accurate description of what we are facing - since it is expected that some places may become cooler as others warm during the coming century?

Does it even matter what we call it? Do both phrases paint a bleak enough picture that there is no real difference? Does framing really matter?

I would love to hear your thoughts about this. Please click on the word "Comments" below to let us know what you think. Thanks!

1 comment:

Gregg Dinino said...


We were just talking about this last night at a party, and it seems the "climate change" wording was a Frank Lutz framing tactic for Republicans. I think we need to stick to "global warming". I feel duped. . . I was using "climate change" almost exclusively.



A quote:

Meteor Blades is right, why are we using the GOP's terms in this debate? "Climate Change" is a Frank Lutz created term to frame the debate.

The Repugs know that they can take the pressure off "GLOBAL WARMING" by calling it "Climate Change". What is a disaster is instead framed as a nice spring day.