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Contradictory Climate 'Sceptic' Arguments

I am making a collection of climate ‘sceptic’ arguments that flatly contradict each other. Here’s what I have so far. You will sometimes encounter these arguments in the same paragraph.

“We can and cannot compare past temperatures with the present”

  • The Medieval Warm Period was warmer than today
  • Flaws in the modern temperature record mean we don’t know how warm it is today
  • Flaws in past climate reconstructions mean we don’t know how warm it was in the past

“Figures faked to show warming show cooling, and this is why it is warming”

  • The temperature record has been manipulated to show warming
  • The temperature record doesn’t show warming
  • The temperature record shows cooling
  • The warming is caused by the urban heat island effect
  • The warming is caused by the sun

“The records are and are not reliable”

  • The temperature record is unreliable
  • Today is a record cold day

“We can and cannot predict the future climate”

  • We can’t predict future climate changes
  • We can adapt to future climate changes
  • We can predict future economic situations all of which depend on climate
  • Future climate changes are likely to be minor
  • Future climate changes are likely to be beneficial

“Do and do not trust complex models”

  • Complex models are unreliable
  • Economic models project high costs for global warming mitigation

Mind of Dan has another.

Climate WTF has more

Update: Skeptical Science has lots more!