From John Ray's shorter notes
30 August, 2017
A Warmist resorts to blatant lies -- misrepresenting the "97%" findings of John Cook
Below is the start of a recent article headed "How To Explain Climate Science To That Person Who Just Won't Listen" in the Puffington Host. One expects unadulterated Leftism from HuffPo but their usual modus operandi is selective attention to the facts -- not outright and blatant lies.
There are many problems with the article but this is the key lie: "97 percent of climate scientists agree". And he explicitly claims that John Cook, an Australian psychologist, said that. But John Cook said no such thing. Cook found that only ONE THIRD (32.6%) of the climate papers he examined took a position on global warming. That is a long way from 97%. The 97% figure refers only to that one third: 97% of one third supported global warming
Even Cook saw that one third was less than a ringing endorsement and hypothesized that the pesky two thirds might have been secret supporters of global warming but were just too shy to say so. He therefore sent them a questionnaire which gave them an opportunity to state their position. But only 14% replied. So that was an actual REFUSAL by the vast majority to state a position on global warming. Again a long way from 97% endorsement. It was in fact 98% of 14% who endorsed global warming the second time around. Pathetic!
So the whole foundation of the article below is missing. The writer has a relaxed relationship with the truth and cannot be relied upon. He misrepresents a scientific paper. If you doubt that, read Cook's paper here. It's not difficult. You only need to read the abstract to see what it says. Cook himself is normally cautious in stating exactly what he found but some people hear and report only what they want to hear.
We all know someone who is dismissive of climate science. We all have friends or family members who think they know more about global warming than trained climate scientists. So how to talk about climate change with those people?
John Cook can help. Cook is the person behind the famous 2013 paper which found that 97 percent of climate scientists agree with the theory of human-caused climate change.
That paper has been peer-reviewed, and reviewed again, in numerous studies since it was published. Always the results hold true. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists still agree that humans are causing global warming.
That's despite the fact that there's very little money in researching warming. You should also know that scientists tend to advance their careers by discovering new stuff no one else has discovered -- and human-caused climate change hardly fits that category.
The science is real, the science is not conspiratorial, and the science is almost universally accepted (97 percent of scientists rarely agree on ANYTHING!). Yet some people still won't have a word of it. So then. What to do next?
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