Feb 19

As the public’s belief in man-made global warming/climate change fades, perhaps the alarmists can heap some of the blame for the failure of the hoax on George W. Bush’s shoulders.  A letter to the editor of The Oregonian:

“Climate change” is politically correct nonsense, but Republican pollster Frank Luntz and George W. Bush are to blame, not Al Gore. Luntz sold the phrase to Bush: “Climate change” is less frightening than “global warming.” While “global warming” has catastrophic connotations attached, “climate change” suggests a more controllable challenge. Bush agreed.

Republican political appointees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where I was a biologist, forced scientists to always use “climate change” instead of the accurate and alarming “global warming.”

DAVE MILLER
Astoria

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2 Responses to “Origin of the phrase ‘climate change’? Blame it on Bush”

  1. cbullitt says:

    Frank Luntz is a Puntz, or some other word that starts with C.

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  2. Bern says:

    And yet, the phrase “climate change” has been used in scientific articles back at least 45 years – a quick search with Google Scholar turns up a paper with Climate Change in the title dating from 1966.

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