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Breaking: The "97 percent
climate consensus" canard

PowerLine, by Steven Hayward

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Posted By:Hazymac, 5/18/2014 6:36:08 PM

TV watchers will recall the familiar advertising trope of yesteryear in which we were told “4 out of 5 dentists [or doctors] recommend” using fluoride toothpaste, aspirin for headaches, or some such. We were always left to wonder whether that fifth doctor was a moron or something, never pausing to consider that the fifth doctor might well recommend the same thing, but emphasize something else first (like flossing perhaps, or Tylenol instead of aspirin because of sensitive stomachs, etc). But Archie Bunker was coming back on the air in 30 seconds, so most of us didn’t follow up on these



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Reply 1 - Posted by: mws50, 5/18/2014 7:30:37 PM     (No. 9853623)

Only 0.03% of climate scientists believe humans are the primary cause of climate change. That came out around a week ago.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 4Justice, 5/18/2014 7:30:44 PM     (No. 9853624)

Bwahahahaha!! Yes, and 97% of devout Christians believe in God!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: snakeoil, 5/18/2014 8:38:04 PM     (No. 9853674)

The term being used at the moment is "climate disruption" which replaced "climate change" which replaced "Global Warming." There´s something wrong with any scientific theory for which belief or skepticism falls along political lines. The reason the libs are pushing this is distraction and funding. It a distraction from the total and complete failure of ØDumbø´s foreign and domestic policies. It´s a funding mechanism in which billions of tax payers dollars are given to Green Companies which then contribute a large portion to the DNC or put in Swiss bank accounts. Far more impressive than a number such as 97% would be how many of them believe in this who aren´t being paid to reach that conclusion.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Corndoggies, 5/18/2014 9:00:37 PM     (No. 9853681)

I always wonder about that 1% of germs that disinfectants don´t kill.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wsdiego, 5/18/2014 9:33:54 PM     (No. 9853712)

You can fool some of the people all the time!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 5/19/2014 12:06:22 AM     (No. 9853795)

The "Green Movement" any place on the globe is about power. I´m not talking about the kind of power that comes out of the wall when you plug in either.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: steveW, 5/19/2014 12:39:20 AM     (No. 9853809)

The only research needed here is how many of those "climate scientists" just happen - by the merest coincidence, mind you - to lean left at the voting booth. I´m betting the answer is extremely close to 97%.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: southernboy, 5/19/2014 7:51:24 AM     (No. 9853930)

#4 “...I always wonder about that 1% of germs that disinfectants don´t kill. …”

Exactly! The strong ones survive for another day….and multiply.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 5/19/2014 8:15:28 AM     (No. 9853963)

I am naively saddened but the amount of lies that are so easily passed around in our daily discourse. Naive in the sense that lies are so much more prevalent since Obama has become president.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chillijilli, 5/19/2014 9:00:04 AM     (No. 9854037)

Now just a minute here. I thought all MINORITY opinions are to be respected, understood and tolerated. Or are 3% of the climate scientists and the 1% against whom "I am the 99% " rail somehow excluded?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum, 5/19/2014 9:05:52 AM     (No. 9854044)

A rose by any other name is still a rose. Global warming, climate change, and climate disruption is still a lie perpetuated by greedy power hungry scientists and politicians. The condescending know it all attitude pushing this con must be forced to prove it. Let´s get all the provable data out there and let the chips fall where they may. This is just like evolution. They can´t prove it as scientific fact, but they certainly can demagogue it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: congar, 5/19/2014 9:13:10 AM     (No. 9854055)

The climate warming gang tells us with absolute certainty what the temperature will be 100 years from now, yet they can’t tell us with any accuracy what the weather will be like next Wednesday. Personally I don’t believe either side of this argument. I don’t think climatology science has risen to the level to tell you with absolute accuracy how much human activity will effect the earth’s climate in 100 years. In the meantime, the side of the argument that has the most money to gain also has the most believers.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Felixcat, 5/19/2014 9:29:07 AM     (No. 9854073)

Last Thursday or Friday while watching the Weather Channel, one of theirr reporters was out in southern California to report on the wildfires there. She stated that most wildfires are started by man, i.e., arson. The rst are lightning strikes. So how the heck is this climate change?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jerrodmason, 5/19/2014 9:54:03 AM     (No. 9854110)

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jerrodmason, 5/19/2014 10:01:39 AM     (No. 9854123)

Decades ago when ion propulsion engines were proposed for insterstellar travel, their thrust was generally described in units of mf´s or milli-mf´s, with "mf" denoting "mouse fart." Pushed into a corner, a real scientist would admit that a mf does impact the earth´s atmosphere ... but only by an excruciatingly small amount.

The issue is not "does mankind´s activity affect climate?" Of course it does, but the real questions are "By how much?" and "Is that a good thing or a bad thing?" and "What can we do to make a measurable difference?" and "Are those things worth doing?".

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Hazymac, 5/19/2014 10:08:18 AM     (No. 9854129)

Tha Daily Caller article in the link at the end of Hayward´s article states: "The definition Cook used to get his consensus was weak, the climatologists said. Only 41 out of the 11,944 published climate studies examined by Cook explicitly stated that mankind caused most of the warming since 1950 — meaning the actual consensus is 0.3 percent."

And “´The problem we now have in the climate community is that some scientists are mixing up their scientific role with that of a climate activist,´” states Lennart Bengtsson, research fellow at the University of Reading.

It has always seemed to me that the climate alarmists magnify mankind´s contribution to climate change to an almost unbelievable degree, when in reality mankind exists on an earth and in a cosmos so much greater than our ability to change the weather that we´re almost wholly insignificant. What could we do to prevent solar flares, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, or significant weather events? We´re just along for the ride in the earth´s ecosystem, which dwarfs us and makes it impossible to do anything except what plants and animals have done since time immemorial: adapt.

The climate alarmists are not scientists; they´re political beings trying by nefarious means to compel political changes that will impoverish us and lead to "expert" control of every facet of our lives. It´s worth going to war with the Gorons. After all, they´re making war on modern industrial society, and they´re not going to change the climate one iota, even if they steamroll us completely, take away our cars, and move us all into state controlled apartment buildings. It´d be better just to RICO Gore and Co. into penury then, if necessary, put them where they want to put anyone who disagrees with them: prison.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mickturn, 5/19/2014 10:26:17 AM     (No. 9854150)

Climate Criminals. It does NOT matter if you hang together, you will certainly hang separately!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: NotaBene, 5/19/2014 10:37:10 AM     (No. 9854160)

Global Warming is a fraud and it es not warming up. The last ice age. Was only 10,000 years ago.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: luandir, 5/19/2014 10:39:40 AM     (No. 9854165)

The climatista "consesnsus" is reminiscent of what we heard so often in high school: "But..EVERYBODY just KNOWS this is what´s happening..."

Social pressure exerted when no real evidence can be found.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: peterfleming, 5/19/2014 11:52:39 AM     (No. 9854257)

The arrogance of an Algore claiming people change the weather, goes hand in hand with his arrogance that this is the newest way to RULE AND CONTROL THE PEASANTS.
And don´t forget his super arrogance to sell a financial con.

Environmentalism, the new Communism, the new tool of
complete and utter lying propaganda, supported by voting scientists, who are ALL ON THE GOVERNMENT DOLE with their income safety netted for a tenured life.

Science by majority rule. What outright fraud. Science is not voted in, it is discovered and then scientifically proven.

Environmentalism has given us so many fake products.
It´s all nuts.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 5/19/2014 1:10:40 PM     (No. 9854346)

Global cooling. Global warming. Climate change. Extreme weather. Climate disruption. Make up your mind. /s

I recall hearing the 97% number came up because college deans and department heads were speaking for everyone without bothering to check. Follow the money. Always. Academia continues to lose its credibility.

Do you mean its not settled science??? /s

The PHD after the name of a climate scientist stands for Piled Higher and Deeper.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ChazzPalm, 5/19/2014 4:17:58 PM     (No. 9854567)

When the word ´consensus´ is used in a science critique then the ´science´ is out the window and it becomes an editorial opinion.
(At least that´s the consensus of Man-made climate chaos deniers/supporters that one can believe in!)

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Reply 23 - Posted by: NMGal, 5/19/2014 4:29:04 PM     (No. 9854583)

When I was in high school, the consensus was that the reason 5 girls got pregnant before graduation was because they all drank from the same water fountain at school. I used to be part of the consensus until my parents set me straight.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: virbots, 5/19/2014 7:48:38 PM     (No. 9854752)

Even if 97% agreed, that wouldn´t make it true. Before Copernicus, most scientists believed the Sun revolved around Earth.

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