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This is a list of every skeptic argument encountered online as well as how often each argument is used. How this is calculated...

1 Climate's changed before 4.3% past
2 It's the sun 4.2% sun
3 It's not bad 3.9% impacts
4 There is no consensus 3.2% consensus
5 It's cooling 3.1% cooling
6 Models are unreliable 2.9% model
7 Temp record is unreliable 2.4% temp
8 Animals and plants can adapt 2.2% species
9 It hasn't warmed since 1998 1.9% 1998
10 Antarctica is gaining ice 1.8% antarctica
11 Ice age predicted in the 70s 1.8% 1970s
12 CO2 lags temperature 1.8% lag
13 Climate sensitivity is low 1.7% sensitivity
14 We're heading into an ice age 1.7% iceage
15 Ocean acidification isn't serious 1.7% acid
16 Hockey stick is broken 1.6% hockey
17 Climategate CRU emails suggest conspiracy 1.6% climategate
18 Hurricanes aren't linked to global warming 1.5% hurricane
19 Al Gore got it wrong 1.5% gore
20 Glaciers are growing 1.5% glacier
21 It's cosmic rays 1.5% cosmic
22 1934 - hottest year on record 1.4% 1934
23 It's freaking cold! 1.3% cold
24 Extreme weather isn't caused by global warming 1.3% extreme
25 Sea level rise is exaggerated 1.3% sealevel
26 It's Urban Heat Island effect 1.2% uhi
27 Medieval Warm Period was warmer 1.1% mwp
28 Mars is warming 1.1% mars
29 Arctic icemelt is a natural cycle 1.1% arcticcycle
30 Increasing CO2 has little to no effect 1.0% greenhouse
31 Oceans are cooling 1.0% oceanheat
32 Climate scientists are in it for the money 1.0% money
33 It's a 1500 year cycle 1.0% 1500cycle
34 Human CO2 is a tiny % of CO2 emissions 0.9% co2
35 IPCC is alarmist 0.9% underestimat
36 Water vapor is the most powerful greenhouse gas 0.9% vapor
37 Polar bear numbers are increasing 0.9% bear
38 CO2 limits will harm the economy 0.8% economy
39 It's not happening 0.8% warming
40 Greenland was green 0.8% green
41 Greenland is gaining ice 0.8% greenland
42 CO2 is not a pollutant 0.7% pollutant
43 There's no empirical evidence 0.7% evidence
44 CO2 is plant food 0.7% plant
45 Arctic sea ice has recovered 0.7% arctic
46 Other planets are warming 0.7% planets
47 It's clouds 0.7%
48 There's no correlation between CO2 and temperature 0.6% correlate
49 We're coming out of the Little Ice Age 0.6% lia
50 It cooled mid-century 0.6% midcentury
51 Global warming stopped in 1998, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2010, ???? 0.6% stopped
52 CO2 was higher in the past 0.6% pastco2
53 It warmed before 1940 when CO2 was low 0.6% pre1940
54 Satellites show no warming in the troposphere 0.6% troposphere
55 It's aerosols 0.5% aerosols
56 2009-2010 winter saw record cold spells 0.5% winter
57 It's El Niño 0.5% elnino
58 It's a natural cycle 0.5% cycle
59 Mt. Kilimanjaro's ice loss is due to land use 0.5% kilimanjaro
60 It's not us 0.5% agw
61 There's no tropospheric hot spot 0.5% hotspot
62 It's Pacific Decadal Oscillation 0.5% pdo
63 IPCC were wrong about Himalayan glaciers 0.4% himalaya
64 Scientists can't even predict weather 0.4% weather
65 2nd law of thermodynamics contradicts greenhouse theory 0.4% thermo
66 Greenhouse effect has been falsified 0.4% falsify
67 CO2 limits will hurt the poor 0.4% poor
68 Clouds provide negative feedback 0.4% cloud
69 The science isn't settled 0.4% settled
70 Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated 0.4% seapredict
71 It's the ocean 0.4% ocean
72 IPCC were wrong about Amazon rainforests 0.4% amazon
73 Corals are resilient to bleaching 0.4% bleach
74 CO2 effect is saturated 0.3% saturate
75 Volcanoes emit more CO2 than humans 0.3% volcano
76 Greenland ice sheet won't collapse 0.3% icecollapse
77 500 scientists refute the consensus 0.3% 500
78 CO2 is just a trace gas 0.3% trace
79 It's methane 0.3% methane
80 CO2 has a short residence time 0.3% residence
81 CO2 measurements are suspect 0.3% co2data
82 Humidity is falling 0.3% humidity
83 Neptune is warming 0.3% neptune
84 Springs aren't advancing 0.3% spring
85 CO2 is not increasing 0.3% co2up
86 It's land use 0.3% landuse
87 Jupiter is warming 0.3% jupiter
88 Scientists tried to 'hide the decline' in global temperature 0.3% decline
89 Record snowfall disproves global warming 0.3% snowfall
90 They changed the name from 'global warming' to 'climate change' 0.2% name
91 Solar Cycle Length proves its the sun 0.2% scl
92 CO2 is coming from the ocean 0.2% oceanco2
93 Pluto is warming 0.2% pluto
94 CO2 is not the only driver of climate 0.2% driver
95 Peer review process was corrupted 0.2% peerreview
96 IPCC overestimate temperature rise 0.2% overestimate
97 Arctic was warmer in 1940 0.2% arctic1940
98 Renewable energy is too expensive 0.2% expensive
99 Sea level rise is decelerating 0.2% sealevelrise
100 Southern sea ice is increasing 0.2% southice
101 CO2 limits will make little difference 0.2% limits
102 Lindzen and Choi find low climate sensitivity 0.2% lindzenchoi
103 It's microsite influences 0.2% microsite
104 Phil Jones says no global warming since 1995 0.2% 1995
105 Infrared Iris will reduce global warming 0.2% iris
106 It's too hard 0.2% toohard
107 Dropped stations introduce warming bias 0.2% dropped
108 It's not urgent 0.2% urgent
109 Humans are too insignificant to affect global climate 0.2% significant
110 It's albedo 0.2% albedo
111 Tree-rings diverge from temperature after 1960 0.2% diverge
112 It's soot 0.2% soot
113 Roy Spencer finds negative feedback 0.2% negspencer
114 Hansen's 1988 prediction was wrong 0.2% hansen1988
115 It's global brightening 0.2% bright
116 Earth hasn't warmed as much as expected 0.2% inertia
117 Arctic sea ice loss is matched by Antarctic sea ice gain 0.2% seaice
118 It's a climate regime shift 0.2% shift
119 Solar cycles cause global warming 0.2% solarcycle
120 Less than half of published scientists endorse global warming 0.1% schulte
121 A drop in volcanic activity caused warming 0.1% volcanodrop
122 Plant stomata show higher and more variable CO2 levels 0.1% stomata
123 Over 31,000 scientists signed the OISM Petition Project 0.1% oism
124 Ice isn't melting 0.1% icemelt
125 IPCC ‘disappeared’ the Medieval Warm Period 0.1% ipccmwp
126 Sea level is not rising 0.1% searise
127 Climate is chaotic and cannot be predicted 0.1% chaos
128 It's ozone 0.1% ozone
129 The IPCC consensus is phoney 0.1% hulme
130 Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were ignored 0.1% foi
131 Climate 'Skeptics' are like Galileo 0.1% galileo
132 Tuvalu sea level isn't rising 0.1% tuvalu
133 Naomi Oreskes' study on consensus was flawed 0.1% oreskes
134 Renewables can't provide baseload power 0.1% baseload
135 Trenberth can't account for the lack of warming 0.1% trenberth
136 CRU tampered with temperature data 0.1% tamper
137 Ice Sheet losses are overestimated 0.1% iceloss
138 Breathing contributes to CO2 buildup 0.1% breath
139 Melting ice isn't warming the Arctic 0.1% amplify
140 Soares finds lack of correlation between CO2 and temperature 0.1% soares
141 Satellite error inflated Great Lakes temperatures 0.1% greatlake
142 We're heading into cooling 0.1% futurecool
143 Murry Salby finds CO2 rise is natural 0.1% salby
144 Most of the last 10,000 years were warmer 0.1% 10000
145 The sun is getting hotter 0.1% acrim
146 It's waste heat 0.1% waste
147 It warmed just as fast in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940 0.1% trends
148 CO2 emissions do not correlate with CO2 concentration 0.1% co2conc
149 Record high snow cover was set in winter 2008/2009 0.1% snowcover
150 Water vapor in the stratosphere stopped global warming 0.1% stratosphere
151 An exponential increase in CO2 will result in a linear increase in temperature 0.1% linear
152 Mauna Loa is a volcano 0.1% mauna
153 97% consensus on human-caused global warming has been disproven 0.1% robust97
154 CERN CLOUD experiment proved cosmic rays are causing global warming 0.1% CERN
155 Venus doesn't have a runaway greenhouse effect 0.1% venus
156 Deniers are part of the 97% 0.1% fringe
157 It's planetary movements 0.0% planetary
158 Water levels correlate with sunspots 0.0% watersun
159 Antarctica is too cold to lose ice 0.0% toocold
160 Skeptics were kept out of the IPCC? 0.0% ipccskeptic
161 Positive feedback means runaway warming 0.0% runaway
162 It's internal variability 0.0% variable
163 CO2 increase is natural, not human-caused 0.0% co2increase
164 No warming in 16 years 0.0% 16years
165 CO2 was higher in the late Ordovician 0.0% ordovician
166 A grand solar minimum could trigger another ice age 0.0% solarminimum
167 Coral atolls grow as sea levels rise 0.0% atoll
168 Adapting to global warming is cheaper than preventing it 0.0% adaptcheap
169 Schmittner finds low climate sensitivity 0.0% schmittner
170 Scientists retracted claim that sea levels are rising 0.0% searetract
171 Warming causes CO2 rise 0.0% warmco2
172 Renewable energy investment kills jobs 0.0% jobs
173 It's CFCs 0.0% cfc
174 DMI show cooling Arctic 0.0% dmi
175 It's a climate shift step function caused by natural cycles 0.0% stepfunction
176 CO2 limits won't cool the planet 0.0% limitscool
177 0.0%
178 Greenland has only lost a tiny fraction of its ice mass 0.0% icefraction
179 Ben Santer and the 1995 IPCC report 0.0% santer
180 It's only a few degrees 0.0% fewdegrees
181 Royal Society embraces skepticism 0.0% royalsoc
182 Sea level fell in 2010 0.0% slr2010
183 Arctic sea ice extent was lower in the past 0.0% pastarctic
184 It's satellite microwave transmissions 0.0% microwave
185 CO2 only causes 35% of global warming 0.0% 35percent
186 IPCC graph showing accelerating trends is misleading 0.0% accelerate
187 Postma disproved the greenhouse effect 0.0% postma
188 Hansen predicted the West Side Highway would be underwater 0.0% highway
189 Heatwaves have happened before 0.0% heatwave
190 Great Barrier Reef is in good shape 0.0% gbr
191 We didn't have global warming during the Industrial Revolution 0.0% industrial
192 Loehle and Scafetta find a 60 year cycle causing global warming 0.0% loehle
193 Climate change isn't increasing extreme weather damage costs 0.0% damagecosts
194 UAH atmospheric temperatures prove climate models and/or surface temperature data sets are wrong 0.0% uah
195 Ljungqvist broke the hockey stick 0.0% ljungqvist
196 Underground temperatures control climate 0.0% underground
197 Removing all CO2 would make little difference 0.0% removeco2
198 Humans survived past climate changes 0.0% survived


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