Sunday, February 02, 2014

Water crisis shows the harm of the global warming junk science
...But activists say 97 percent of scientists believe global warming is a threat, as if science were based on a show of hands.

The number comes from a study of 11,944 peer-reviewed articles from 1991 to 2011 by a team led by Professor John Cook of the University of Queensland.

Cook and company found 7,930 (or 66 percent) of the papers had no conclusion one way or another about man-made global warming.

However, Cook reported it as 97 percent because of the papers that had an opinion, 97 percent agreed with him.

Thus 32 percent became 97 percent....

...The trap was set in the late 1970s or thereabouts when the environmental movement first realized that doing something about global warming would play to quite a number of its social agendas. At much the same time, it became accepted wisdom around the corridors of power that government-funded scientists (that is, most scientists) should be required to obtain a goodly fraction of their funds and salaries from external sources - external anyway to their own particular organization," Paltridge wrote.

"The scientists in environmental research laboratories, since they are not normally linked to any particular private industry, were forced to seek funds from other government departments. In turn this forced them to accept the need for advocacy and for the manipulation of public opinion."...