November 15, 2019

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Joel Nodelman

Yet 1 More Sneaky Climate Shaming Tactic

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Joel is an engineer and risk management specialist with over forty years of professional practice. He is committed to helping his clients achieve climate resiliency and sustainability.

This week is a bit of a follow-on from my last video.  Last week I talked about climate hypocrisy shaming, a tactic that people often use to shut down meaningful dialogue. Normally, by challenging our moral right to even be in the discussion, in the first place.

Folks will often try to support their argument with another climate shaming tactic. It is called False Equivalence. Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about this, but it's important that we recognize when folks challenge us with a False Equivalence argument. People use it to shame us, make us question own integrity, hoping we will simply shut up when we suddenly realize what bad people we are. 

So, what is False Equivalence? In False Equivalence folks challenge us to accept that two ideas are identical, when in fact they are not.  Often the two ideas share common traits that folks use to promote that the ideas are identical. But, the ideas can be very different in other areas. More often than not, it is those other areas we are debating.


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