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Obama, Kerry, Alinsky, and the 97% Myth May 27, 2014 9:00 AM | Tagged as 97%, Alinsky

WSJ -- May 27, 2014, page A13: “The Myth of the Climate Change 97%” by Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer

Once again our WSJ op-ed page comes to the rescue. Bast and Spencer debunk the assertion made by many big government zealots – including President Obama, his Secretary of State John Kerry, and even NASA – that 97% of all scientists agree 1) that global warming is happening, 2) that man is the cause, and 3) it’s dangerous.

No such study exists. This myth is the work of the adherents of Saul Alinsky, the author of Rules for Radicals, the 1970’s book that President Obama taught in Chicago during his community organizing days. Alinsky wrote that bending the truth to gain ground in implementing change is OK. And, as Alinksy teaches, if anyone disagrees, use ad hominem attacks to discredit them.  It is therefore no surprise that anyone disagreeing with these zealots is a “denier” – referring the same level of insanity of holocaust deniers.

Bast and Spencer review the origins of the 97% figure and also provide references to the imprecision, bias, or lack of scholarly methodology of such studies. They also provide a few contrary references:

1.         In a 2012 study, only 39.5% of 1845 meteorologists believe man-made global warming is dangerous.

2.        31,000 scientists (including 9,000 with Ph.D.’s) signed a petition – published in 2009 -- that states "there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of . . . carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."

Petitions are often circulated by scientists to get others to buy-in to a particular policy stance. This one is by far the largest relating to global warming – and it inconveniently confounds the 97% theory.

As The Biz Bucks Guy has long argued, let’s have an honest debate about the science before we mess up our economy more than we already have. We are talking about generations of problems if we get this wrong.

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