This is a piece of mine, first published on The Mark News, calling out climate skepticism as a socially damaging, pseudo-intellectual pursuit. While skeptics – Wente, Murphy, Beck – may paint themselves as brave knights bucking social norms, they are nothing of the sort.
Indeed, the opinions of laypersons – like Beck, Wente and Murphy (who I daresay have never read a peer-reviewed paper in their lives) – are simply not relevant when it comes to climate science. Climate science is not like politics or art, it is a subject matter deferred to expert consensus.
Understanding that expert consensus exists, which simply requires a recognition of what scientific bodies (National Academies of Science, etc) are to be trusted in representing that consensus.