In rhetoric or logical argumentation, a slippery slope fallacy is according to Ian B. Johnson:
The Slippery Slope also might well be called the “Appeal to Fear.” It shows a proposition to be unacceptable by first stating that acceptance of the proposition will lead to an unacceptable result, then stating that the unacceptable result will in turn lead to an even more unacceptable result. The chain may continue through several steps and will lead to an end result that is very clearly unacceptable. The real problem with the slippery slope is that none of the steps in the chain need to be proven for the argument to persuade most partisans who are looking for a reason to be persuaded; instead, each step merely needs to sound reasonable in isolation.
Now consider this headline from LiveScience.com: Antartic Meltdown would Flood Washington, D. C. Well not before all the penguins and polar bears die of heat exhaustion, and all the people on the planet are going to be fried by that time not to mention the dolphins which will be boiled to death: “if you had hot water poured on you, you would flee, wouldn’t you?”
This blog suggests there’s nothing to worry about, but I don’t have the time to work out the math.
The Associated Press (Yahoo) reports 20 dead from snow storm. Another victim of global warming is a 93 year-old man who froze to death in his apartment in Bay City. In fact, global warming is killing people outside and inside their apartments in Anchorage (my home town), Duluth, Hesse, Greenwich Village, Normal, Val d’Isere, etc.
The March of the Penguins movie showed that emperor penguins must work very hard to lay and incumbate their eggs and feed their young on solid ground, marching hundreds of miles to get food at sea, and still many die because of the extreme cold in Antarctica, and yet global warming is going to cause their race to become extinct. The Washington Post writer Will Durham writes: “Emperor penguins, the species of these aquatic flightless birds featured in the Oscar-winning 2005 documentary ‘March of the Penguins,’ breed on Antarctic sea ice and dive from the sea ice to feed on krill, fish and squid.” I guess Durham has never actually seen the film, since the whole point of the penguin march was that they lay their eggs on solid ground not ice and therefore have to walk hundreds of miles to get food. Let this be a lesson to those who wish to cite a book in a research paper but have never themselves read the book. It is a clear example of journalistic malpractice that we see in the media on an increasingly regular basis.