The results of a search for “climate hoax” on Google Trends 

Google Trends shows a remarkable spike in the interest for the coupled terms “climate” and “hoax”. Does that mean that people are becoming more skeptical about climate science? Or simply more interested in the subject? On this point, Google Trends tells us that there has been no special change in the level of interest in the general subjects of climate change and global warming. The interest is specific in the coupling of “climate” and “hoax.” And, if we couple the terms “climate”, “hoax” and “Trump” we see that there is a clear correlation.

So, it seems clear that the rise of Donald Trump has emboldened science deniers, who are more active than before. Qualitatively, it is a trend noted also by “DeSmog” and others. That doesn’t necessarily mean a change in the distribution of the opinions on the danger of climate change, still deadlocked in what I termed “trench warfare in the climate wars“. Instead, The election of Donald Trump may lead to an even sharper polarization of the US public opinion on climate. Most likely, the virtual trench warfare will continue for quite a while, and we can only hope that it won’t become real warfare.

Ugo Bardi teaches physical chemistry at the University of Florence, in Italy. He is interested in resource depletion, system dynamics modeling, climate science and renewable energy. Contact: ugo.bardi(whirlything)

First published in Cassandra’s Legacy

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  1. If it becomes “real warfare” we – the deniers – will win bigly. So be careful with your veiled threats.

  2. Specialists have reigned supreme in muddying the waters while analysing issues connected with causes of climate change if any. Vast areas of modern civilization have been deliberately left out of the discussions on the phenomenon. This has left to a blurred vision regarding the issues. For example I have shown that dams of the world are causing climate change by direct heating up of the earth. See
    1. Collaterals of climate change: Tamilnadu flood during North East Monsoon 2015 and the references therein. The link:

    Thats why modern civilization, a society of specialists is busy destroying itself on a daily basis:
    ” In living in this world by his own will and skill, the stupidest peasant or tribesman is more competent than the most intelligent worker or technician or intellectual in a society of specialists.”-Wendell Berry.