According to this article at Texas Monthly, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe is “trying to connect with the very people who most doubt her research”. So I thought I’d have look at how she was trying to connect on twitter:
It seems I’m not alone:
Fallor Ergo Sum (@SlagOffTwits) April 24, 2016
Paul Clark (@cbfool) April 24, 2016
Bob Johnston (@Lunatic__Fringe) April 24, 2016
Once you get beyond the demonstrably false claim in the sub-head, the article provides plenty of examples of the misrepresentations of the truth commonly employed by the activist wing of climate science and their cheerleaders in the media. Hayhoe is notorious for her misleading claims, some of them documented here and here.
At Cliscep we are keen to correct climate misinformation, so our rapid-response crusher crew team member Brad leaped into action and picked up on one particular falsehood in the article, the claim that 97% of climate scientists agree that global warming is “real, caused by humans, and dangerous”.
He even managed to get support from climate science heavyweight Richard Betts.
As well as the bogus claims, the article has some comical ironies; for example, just after the blatant untruth mentioned above, the author of the article Sonia Smith asks “So why is climate science greeted with so much skepticism?” It’s a mystery.
The whole article could do with a thorough fisking. Perhaps readers could point out some of the most prominent porkies, and we’ll summarise them in a future post?
The article has been slightly modified in response to Brad’s complaint. But it still makes the claim that Today, there is robust scientific consensus that global warming is “real, caused by humans, and dangerous”.