I think people like Joe Romm and people who write like Joe Romm are a good part of the reason why not more than 35% of Americans believe in what is said to be an imminent threat to their wellbeing, and even more to future generations.
And so Stephens first column in NYT was well thought out — the problem with certitude, with being too certain. Peoples’ ears wrinkle from hearing the endless grind of how everything is going to hell. And when they are sceptic as they should be, they are told that being sceptic is unacceptable and, worse, they may be labelled as “deniers”. Whatever that has to do with science???
First: stop calling people deniers. Then: engage in discussion with reasonable people like Bret Stephens. Don’t back into a corner and hit him with everything you have, take him seriously. If you can’t even handle that, 35% will be remembered as the peak of climate fear, unless we see some actual serious temperature and sea rise in the near future. 3.2 mm/yr wont be enough. Claiming that a 0.85 degrees Celsius temp change would be the reason for natural disasters is ludicrous.