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‘Scientific consensus’ neither ‘scientific’ nor a ‘consensus,’ admits actual scientist

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Posted on June 15 2010 1:00 pm
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If you’re looking for something to forward to your last remaining leftoid idiot friends, consider this story. You probably won’t read it anywhere else, and they certainly won’t.

Tired of wearily asking rhetorically, “Since when is scientific truth determined by ‘consensus’, anyhow?” Then cheer up! If this story gets enough traction, you at least won’t have to hear the “c-word” ever, ever again…

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change misled the press and public into believing that thousands of scientists backed its claims on manmade global warming, according to Mike Hulme, a prominent climate scientist and IPCC insider. 

The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts,” he states in a paper for Progress in Physical Geography, co-authored with student Martin Mahony.

“Claims such as ‘2,500 of the world’s leading scientists have reached a consensus that human activities are having a significant influence on the climate’ are disingenuous,” the paper states unambiguously, adding that they rendered “the IPCC vulnerable to outside criticism.”

Hulme, Professor of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia –  the university of Climategate fame — is the founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and one of the UK’s most prominent climate scientists.

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