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Koonin wins in Cornell Oxford Style Debate

By Andy May

Steve Koonin is still undefeated!

The Steamboat Institute hosted a Campus Liberty Tour Oxford style debate at Cornell University on Mar 15, 2023. Drs. Steven Koonin and Robert Socolow debated the resolution:

“Climate science compels us to make large and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

The debate was moderated by Steamboat Institute Blankley Fellow Sarah Westwood. Koonin argued the negative, of course. Koonin’s opponent, Princeton Professor (emeritus) of engineering Robert Socolow, argued the affirmative.

In the pre-debate poll, 37% of the audience agreed with the proposition vs. 47% who opposed it. In the post-debate poll, 28% of the audience agreed vs. 66% who opposed. A 19% increase in the opposed.

See the debate here, the actual debate begins about 16 minutes into the video:

Click here or on the figure to go to the steamboat site, then click again on their site – same image, to hear the talk.

I’m not sure that the climate alarmists have ever won a debate, if they have, I don’t have a link to it. This is unsurprising when one considers that 60% of likely U.S. voters, including 47% who strongly agree, believe that “climate change” is a religion that isn’t about the climate at all. They believe that it is all about power and control of the public.

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