Biggest Fake News Story: Global Warming and Phony Consensus

The title of a December 27 article in The Atlantic asks: “Are Climate Scientists Ready for Trump?”

“How should climate scientists react to a president-elect who calls global warming a ‘hoax?,'” the writer, Robinson Meyer, asks in the opening sentence. “How much should they prepare for his administration? And should they prepare for the worst?”

“These questions loomed over the fall conference of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) last month, the largest annual gathering of Earth scientists in the world,” Meyer continued. “How the scientific profession chooses to answer them may decide whether the United States can summon the political will necessary to finally vanquish climate-change denialism — or whether it will continue to muddle through on the issue, not really attending to it, as it has for the past three decades.”

Meyer uses the term “climate-change denial” (or denialism or denialist) five times in the article, a pretty strong clue that he resides in the Al Gore/Leonardo DiCaprio camp of intolerance when it comes to diversity of opinion on scientific matters. He notes that there is a divide among the AGU scientists between those who just want to “do science” and the activists who see this issue as a matter of life and death for the planet. He comes down on the side of the activists, of course, because “the Earth really is warming, and the consequences of it really will be bad.”

“Climate denialists,” The Atlantic writer insists, “are on the wrong side of scientific consensus, and they have been for 20 years. Scientists should feel happy to call them on their BS.”

Meyer notes that on the first day of the AGU conference in San Francisco, the thousands of assembled scientists heard from Harvard historian Naomi Oreskes, the political ideologue who is most responsible for perpetrating the “scientific consensus” fraud regarding anthropogenic (human caused) global warming, or AGW. (Some idea of Prof. Oreskes’ psychological/political bent can be seen by her tweet regarding the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: “Antonin Scalia found dead… Experts say his heart froze (just kidding).”)

We have all heard the smug Al Gore line, repeated innumerable times by condescending media scribblers and talking heads, that “the science is settled,” that 97 percent to 99 percent of climate scientists agree there is a global warming crisis and man’s carbon footprint is responsible for it. (Never mind that a few years ago, when it became evident the global temperature data weren’t showing significant warming, the mantra had to be changed from “global warming” to “climate change.”)

Professor Oreskes, together with Australian global warming activist John Cook, will play an important role in the upcoming battle with Trump over the UN’s climate pact, which is a radical, job-destroying, economy-destroying, multi-trillion dollar tax-regulate-transfer scheme that would do nothing to improve the environment or stop climate change.

President Barack Obama was citing John Cook when he tweeted on May 16, 2013: “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.”

The New American has repeatedly reported on the fraudulent methodology used by Oreskes and Cook to arrive at their ludicrous near-unanimous consensus claims. Prof. Richard S. J. Tol and Dr. Benny Peiser are but two of the experts who have called out Oreskes and Cook, showing that only one percent of climate research papers — not 97 percent — support the “consensus” view claimed by the AGW alarmists. (See herehere, and here.)

Cook’s most damning expos√©, though, was self-inflicted. In a series of e-mails, he let the cat out of the bag that, far from being a dispassionate scientific undertaking, his tabulation effort, called The Consensus Project (TCP), was actually a marketing and propaganda scheme calculated to convince the public that a non-existent consensus among scientists did in fact exist.

However, no amount of debunking, and no amount of evidence, will change the “crisis” mindset that grips many of the media commentators. CNN’s Chris Cuomo is a prime example of the arrogance of ignorance among the committed AGW mediameisters. In a combative “interview” on December 12, CNN’s Chris Cuomo went after Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci, repeatedly citing the false claim that the science is settled and that “science” has declared we must accept vast new global governance and controls to avert planetary catastrophe.

Unfortunately, the Trump spokesman did not challenge Cuomo’s bogus consensus assertions, but merely argued that scientific consensus has often been wrong in the past. This is true, but as an argument it fails terribly by allowing the AGW alarmists to coopt “science” and make it appear that only a few crackpot “deniers” and scientists in the pay of Big Oil disagree with the alarmist CO2 thesis. Since so many of the frightful scenarios in the global-warming scare campaign involve complex geophysical and chemical processes, as well as data gathering and measuring beyond the grasp of most of us mere mortals, there is a tendency of many laymen to lean in favor of “science” — if the claims of “overwhelming consensus” are true. In the case of anthropogenic global warming, the consensus claims — very definitely — are not true. But that won’t stop AGW alarmism banshees from shrieking their fake news consensus even louder, in the days and weeks ahead.

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    Manuel Lopez

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    As a math. professor I asked math. and physic questions, from time to time, to my students, where the answer was either not or yes. I did it often when the intuitive response was opposite to the correct answer. As it happened, always a huge majority of my students gave the wrong answer. It was a pleasure for me to prove to them that they were wrong and that science is not democratic.

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      Freeman

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      curious for an example

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    amirlach

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    The consensus is that all IPCC models agree, the Data is wrong.

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      Choey

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      It’s reality that’s wrong.

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        amirlach

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        Models only trump reality in cartoons.
        “No. I better not look. I just might be in there…”

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    Sonnyhill

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    “science is not democratic” …I like that. There’s an infinite number of reasons for coming to the wrong conclusion, only one right answer. You don’t vote on it. Could be why honesty and politics are so far apart.

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    Amber

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    It is becoming more and more clear the EPA and Dept of Energy march to their own drummer . Elected representatives are tolerated as an annoyance with zero consequences for out right insurrection . If this is happening in other Departments the USA is in a lot more trouble than it appears .
    2016 ends as game changer year .
    Operatives running the Democrats were so caught off guard losing they grasp at anything now to deflect their responsibility for the failed campaign . . In desperation blaming everyone but their bag man leadership to be responsible for their failure .
    $$ trillions in tax payer pork is about to dry up and they know it . Audits of what has been the biggest looting of tax payers in history are coming and they know that too . Instead of unselfishly transitioning the Obama administration is becoming more embarrassing every week , showing no class .
    Long overdue , the election also confirmed the MSM has lost it’s grip over public opinion showing the same arrogant public disconnect as the party most promoted .
    2017 is still going to be a massive challenge but at least the people have a champion even if millions don’t know it yet .

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