The so-called ‘scientific consensus’ about global warming was crafted from manipulated data, expressed as a lie that says 97% of the world’s climate scientists agree that the science of warming is settled. The pundits and press passed it on to a believing public.
Except it’s wrong. And the public that believed it are looking like fools. Here’s how the ruse happened, acccording to Lawrence Soloman in Financial Post.
There are 2500 scientists associated with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). All 2500, the media believed, endorsed the IPCC’s position on catastrophic global warming predictions. Bad factoid #1: the 2500 scientists were only associated with the IPCC. They did not endorse the IPCC’s position. Some even vehemently disagreed.
Seeking a powerful number they could use more easily, the pundits found a study conducted by the University of Illinois. More than 10,000 earth scientists participated in the study, but the researchers conducting the study highlighted the views of only a cherry-picked 77 of them. Of those, 75 stated their belief of human-caused global warming. Voila! 75 is 97% of 77. Bad factoid #2: The press passed this off as 97% of the world’s scientists believe in manmade climate change. Wow. That's a big number that's easy to pass on.
Once the eminently quotable percentage was out, other studies either used faked data or manufactured concurring results on the number of scientists believing in manmade global warming.
One such study, conducted at the University of Toronto, determined which scientists were credible enough to participate with their ‘scientific’ opinions on climate. Such ‘scientists’ included Al Gore, self-proclaimed "Inventor of the Internet," and NASA’s Jim Hansen, noted especially for choosing the data that shows what he wants. Of 615 participating scientists in the Toronto study, only 14 were climate skeptics.
While we have an unknowing media that seeks to spread stories that sell of horrific global warming, we have complicit studies that purport to show the science as settled and a near monopoly of scientists settled on false facts. Media spreads word of 'consensus' among so-called experts. The world believes the lie and quotes it freely, as a University of Colorado commenter does here.
We believe a lie when it's all that we hear and when it is repeated often enough. Too bad it’s not true. Among those in the know, we look like fools lured to imbibe the climate Kool Aid while some face the music and admit suspicion on the story.
Those fools include the general public, which relies on repeating the lies that pass for news by mainstream media. Those without scientific backgrounds have no choice but to believe the pundits, who too have no background in science. Pundits in turn get their data from favored sources despite that the data cannot be trusted for being manipulated, cajoled, and cherry-picked to produce the desired global warming picture.
Ladies and gentlemen, we've been had on global warming.