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'Climategate': paradoxical metaphors and political paralysis

Nerlich, Brigitte

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Brigitte Nerlich brigitte.nerlich@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Climate scepticism in the sense of climate denialism or contrarianism is not a new phenomenon, but it has recently been very much in the media spotlight. When, in November 2009, emails by climate scientists were published on the internet without their authors’ consent, a debate began in which climate sceptic bloggers used an extended network of metaphors to contest (climate) science. This article follows the so-called ‘climategate’ debate on the web and shows how a paradoxical mixture of religious metaphors and demands for ‘better science’ allowed those disagreeing with the theory of anthropogenic climate change to undermine the authority of science and call for political inaction with regard to climate change.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Environmental Values
Print ISSN 0963-2719
Electronic ISSN 0963-2719 (print) 1752-7015 (online).
Publisher White Horse Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 9
APA6 Citation Nerlich, B. 'Climategate': paradoxical metaphors and political paralysis. Environmental Values, 14(9), doi:10.3197/096327110X531543
DOI https://doi.org/10.3197/096327110X531543
Keywords Climate scepticism, climate science, policy, metaphor, framing, religion
Publisher URL http://www.erica.demon.co.uk/EV/EV1919.html
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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