Rules to Remember
If you believe the climate is changing because of natural factors like sun spot activity, etc., and that man’s behavior is an insignificant contributor, then you must convince those who have been indoctrinated to believe the opposite. To do so, be sure to insert the word “man-made” whenever necessary into the argument.
While debating the topic do not get into the weeds. It is not necessary and will only muddy the waters.
As much as is possible ask questions rather than make declarative statements.
Finally, stay cool. Do not raise your voice or use expletives.
How this might work.
Someone makes a comment about how doomed we are because of manmade climate change and how important it is to do x, y, and z in order to save the planet.
QUESTION 1: “Do you realize the planet has experienced many ice ages followed by warming periods in the past-long before man existed or before humans had any carbon footprint? (The assumption is they will answer yes.)
QUESTION 2: So why do you think man’s behavior is the cause of global warming or cooling today and more importantly why do you think anything we can do can override the huge impact of Mother Nature? (They may start to spew irrelevant info. If so, remind them you agreed in the previous question that before man arrived on the scene the planet had warming and cooling periods. Then repeat question 2).
If this does not give them pause, question 3 should take the wind out of their sails.
Question 3: So, if you feel so passionately, that by changing our behavior we can stop Man-made Climate Change, what freedoms are you willing to give up to “save the planet”? Do you and your family rigorously and regularly ration your water use, buy your clothes at second-hand stores, refuse to use AC, ride your bikes to work and all errands, do you avoid vacation trips, do you grow your own food, wash your clothes by hand and hang them on the clothes line to dry, do you live in a “tiny house”, or do you just want politicians to pass feel-good legislation or worse yet, legislation which deprives the rest of us of our liberty?
After letting them squirm a bit, you could just say, of course none of this would help. MAN MADE Climate Change does not exist. The good news is man’s activity is not causing the climate to change so all of this is a waste of time anyway.
Note: You or your fellow debater might be tempted to suggest technologies, like “clean coal technology” or using alternative energies like wind and solar could solve the problem. To go down this path again implies man can do something to stop Mother Nature from changing the climate. Do not go there nor let yourself be drug there. That is where you end up in the weeds!
Summary: Protecting the environment in many cases is a very good thing, but doing so will NOT stop the Earth from warming. It will, however, if the Progressives have their way, be the excuse used to steal all of our liberties.