Eisenhower warned of Climate Change “elite”

June 7, 2015
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When President Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell speech to the American people on January 17, 1961 he laid out in less than 10 minutes a future uncannily similar to the government construct we live with today.

His beware the “military industrial complex” paragraph gets the attention, but it is his lesser known warning that “a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity.” and “public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.” that is wreaking so much havoc today.

One of the most egregious examples of Ike’s “elite holding the public captive” is the “97% consensus of scientists agree” man-made global warming dogma being pushed in an ever increasingly belligerent fashion by its supporters and perpetuated by an all too complicit press failing to report to the public the “how” behind that consensus.

From the website from which the magical 97% originates:

“A new survey of over 12,000 peer-reviewed climate science papers by our citizen science team at Skeptical Science has found a 97% consensus among papers taking a position on the cause of global warming in the peer-reviewed literature that humans are responsible.”

The “team’s” scientific method?  A “keyword search” of abstracts for pre-chosen language mentioning the cause of global warming.  If the author didn’t include those keywords in the abstract the author’s conclusion was tossed into the “no position” pile whether the full paper actually took one or not. (That pile turned out to be over 66% of the 12,000.)

Yes, you read that correct.  The entire 97% claim comes from only the remaining 1/3 of abstracts.

Confused?  You should be.  That’s the intent.

In an interview with Scientific American in July, 2014 the lead author of the study, John Cook admitted: “As a father, I realized that we are handing over a world to our children that is worse than the world we were given,” “And as a Christian, I saw climate change as a social justice issue” “If the public think that climate scientists agree about what is causing global warming, then the public thinks we need to act on it,”

With “scientists” like Cook, who needs a preacher?  Just sign onto the “consensus” and you too are saved.

To add insult to injury, Cook’s 97% includes papers that their own authors say were misclassified.

A few of the too many to fully list:

Alan Carlin, retired senior research analyst for the EPA made it clear in his own words “I would classify my paper in Cook et al’s category (7): Explicit rejection with quantification.”

When Physicist Nicola Scafetta was asked by Popular Technology if  Cook’s study reflected his paper’s conclusion he replied “Cook et al. (2013) is based on a straw man argument” and that his (Scafetta’s) papers explicitly call out errors, not consensus with the IPCC [United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change]”.

Nir J. Shaviv Ph.D. Astrophysics with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem further commented: “the analysis itself is faulty, namely, it doesn’t even quantify correctly the number of scientists or the number of papers which endorse or diminish the importance of AGW.”

Seems that about the only thing truly correct about Cook’s 97% consensus is Alan Carlin’s suggestion that instead of wanting the actual facts, the authors instead “started by deciding the “answer” they wanted (97 percent) based on previous alarmist studies on the subject.”

All this and yet all you, the public, hears from your government and a complicit media is an ever louder “the science is settled” refrain.  Why?  Because you dummy, 97% of scientists agree.

Now shut up and get with the times.  Don’t you know skepticism went out with the Eisenhower administration?

PUBLISHER’s NOTE:  A version of this column first appeared in the June 7, 2015 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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