I have been wondering if there could be a better name for those who willfully ignore evidence and reason on climate change than 'climate deniers' or 'climate sceptics' ('skeptics' in modern U.S. and 18th century British English).
'Sceptic' is misleading because these people are seldom interested in reasoned scepticism but rather pursue an ideological agenda against the facts (see, for example, these two identified by Philip Pullman or this story about a hoax). And 'denial(ist)', while sometimes accurate, neither always fully captures what is going nor has the feel of a rollicking good insult.
Elizabethan curses and army and navy swearing may be one place to look. Yiddish and other cultures have some great terms of abuse too. I quite like 'mooncusser', an old Yankee term for wrecker. It's colourful, and germane because these bastards used to curse the light of nature and lead people to destruction for fun and profit. (And I'm sure they had a self-story about how what they were doing was justified.)
If you have suggestion for a better label for these shysters please post a comment. Or should we just stick with the terms we have?
Perdition on these mewling toad-spotted carbuncles.