Skeptics & Smog (12/10/13)

"We could end up being part of the problem, even when we're right," said Jim Hoggan, co-Founder of the DeSmog Blog and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation. "Self-righteousness is like a virus, and a lot of the time, it's so subtle you don't know you have it." Hoggan discussed the challenges of communicating climate science and bridging the chasm between skeptics and supporters. "I think we're at a real risk of furthering the information gap," said Bud Ward, editor of the Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media. Skeptical Science founder John Cook said climate change denial isn't the result of lack of knowledge; it's driven by cultural factors and political ideology. “I tend to examine the behavior, rather than the motive behind it,” Cook said. “If someone’s misinforming people, you can’t comment on whether they’re lying or whether they genuinely believe it.” In this conversation on climate change media, experts discuss current coverage and how to address global issues for a clean energy future. Bud Ward, Editor, Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media Jim Hoggan, Co-Founder, DeSmog Blog Chair, The David Suzuki Foundation John Cook, Founder, Skeptical Science; Co-Author, Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on December 10, 2013 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

by Climate One