Category Archives: 97% consensus

Somebody in psychology finally ‘gets it’ about Stephan Lewandowsky and John Cook and their ‘smear science’

Social psychologist Jose Duarte pulls no punches in describing Lewandowsky’s failures of science in the “Moon Hoax” paper and the later retracted “Fury” paper. And then goes on to describe failure in Cook’s 97% consensus paper. Excerpts follow. in their … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week – The ‘Lie Big’ Law (Or why can’t John Cook tell the truth?)

Two words of the headline are a pun on Liebig’s law, something we covered in the context of another big lie: the “hockey stick”. Steve McIntyre in a post last Saturday writes of Cook’s Fake Ethics Approval and has this hilarious … Continue reading

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EPA document supports ~3% of atmospheric carbon dioxide is attributable to human sources

NOTE: this post has an error, see update below. – Anthony From a Wry Heat reprinted with permission of Jonathan DuHamel A new post on The Hockey Schtick reviews a new paper “that finds only about 3.75% [15 ppm] of … Continue reading

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Quote of the week – the last word on ‘97% consensus’, now in a bumper sticker

Over at Scientific American, a place that isn’t hardly Scientific, nor American anymore (its owned by Germans IIRC) there’s a big row over Cook’s shoddy “97% consensus” paper in comments, mainly due to some pertinent ones asking some tough questions … Continue reading

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Climate Consensus? Nonsense!

by E. Calvin Beisner July 16, 2014–So, someone privately messaged us saying her friend had posted this article, and she (who messaged us) wondered how we’d respond. Okay, we give up. We’ll never persuade people like’s Phil Plait. Not … Continue reading

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Calling all UK Skeptics – Free Talk with 97% Bias – plus the ability to ask questions

UPDATE: It’s a double feature, Mann will be there too, see below From the University of Bristol: Dogma vs. consensus: Letting the evidence speak on climate change 19 September 2014, 6 pm Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1SA In … Continue reading

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The climate consensus is not 97% – it’s 100%

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Shock news from the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Climate Change Conference: among the 600 delegates, the consensus that Man contributes to global warming was not 97%. It was 100%.

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Swedish farmers reject the 97% climate change consensus

From ScienceNordic: Researchers the world over almost unanimously agree that our climate is changing … But many farmers – at least Swedish ones – have experienced mild winters and shifting weather before and are hesitant about trusting the scientists. The … Continue reading

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The disagreement over what defines ‘endorsment of AGW’ by Cook et al. is revealed in raters remarks, and it sure isn’t a 97% consensus

The Cook ratings document contains some incredible remarks, one of which is documented here.  According to it, “the training period in the initial stages of the rating period” covered more than half the ratings they did.  What kind of training … Continue reading

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100 percent consensus finally achieved on climate

We all know that the bogus “97% consensus” number has been the staple bullet point of non-thinking climate activists everywhere. Now, I’m sure they will be thrilled to see that we have proof (with video) of a 100 percent consensus … Continue reading

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Richard Tol Fights back – with an article in the Guardian showing that Cook’s 97% consensus is actually ‘nonsensus’

Consensus is irrelevant in science. There are plenty of examples in history where everyone agreed and everyone was wrong. While I admit to being quite surprised they’d allow him equal time, I doubt he’ll win any converts as much of … Continue reading

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BUSTED: Tol takes on Cook’s ‘97% consensus’ claim with a re-analysis, showing the claim is ‘unfounded’

A new paper by Dr. Richard Tol published today in ScienceDirect, journal of Energy Policy, shows that the Cook et al. paper claiming that there is a 97% consensus among scientists is not just impossible to reproduce (since Cook is … Continue reading

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An Open Letter puts the University of Queensland in a dilemma over John Cook’s ‘97% consensus’ paper

Rud Istvan, sends this open letter along for publication and writes: This puts UQ on the horns of a terrible dilemma. The preferred political response is always to sweep such a situation under the rug and ignore it. The letter follows.

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An oldie but goodie from Josh – still valid today

Given what has transpired in the last couple of weeks with ‘John Cook’s 97% consensus’  and the revelations about his data, and the University of Queensland invoking the Streisand effect with their ridiculous threat letter, it seems this cartoon still … Continue reading

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John Cook and University of Queensland experience at least 97% of the ‘Streisand effect’ in the Washington Post

This just in from the “I told you so” and “what the hell were they thinking?” departments, Eugene Volokh writes in The Volokh Conspiracy at the Washington Post: Is it copyright infringement to post a lawyer’s cease-and-desist letter?

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A do-over on the ‘97% consensus’ claim – done right this time?

Brandon Shollenberger writes: I’ve been mulling over an idea I had, and I wanted to get some public feedback. What would you think of a public re-analysis of the Cook et al data set? A key criticism of the Cook … Continue reading

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University of Queensland doubles down on Shollenberger – with a straw man argument on ‘confidentiality’ for names already listed in the paper!

Rather than go quietly, they seem to be ramping up: UQ and climate change research  20 May 2014 The following is a statement from UQ acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) Professor Alastair McEwan.

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Shollenberger calls Cook’s and University of Queensland’s legal bluff!

The 97% Thunderdome is revving up! Brandon Shollenberger has issued a direct challenge to Cook and UQ, and has published the threatening letter about that “secret” data for Cook’s “97% consensus” study that was published under an “open” Creative Commons … Continue reading

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Friday Funny – 97% sticky science

Josh writes: There is so much to cartoon this week it is difficult to choose what to start with. I went for Brandon’s brilliant 97% data discovery. Apparently all you need to do if you want to be part of … Continue reading

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University of Queensland threatens lawsuit over use of Cook’s ‘97% consensus’ data for a scientific rebuttal

Wow, just wow. Not only have they just invoked the Streisand effect, they threw some gasoline on it to boot. It’s all part of the Climate McCarthyism on display this week.

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More pear-shaped trouble for John Cook’s ‘97% consensus’

Readers may recall the post John Cook’s 97% consensus claim is about to go ‘pear-shaped’. This is an update to that, in two parts. First is the introduction, and the second part is a backstory on Cook’s hidden data, the … Continue reading

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John Cook’s 97% consensus claim is about to go ‘pear-shaped’

pear shaped (slang) A British expression used to indicate that something has gone horribly wrong with a person’s plans, most commonly in the phrase “It’s all gone pear shaped.”The OED cites its origin as within the Royal Air Force; as … Continue reading

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Your No-Consensus Badge

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Commenters on my recent posting about using graphics as effectively as the Forces of Darkness do, but to use them to tell the truth, said they would like a smarter version of the 99.5% no-consensus … Continue reading

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97% of pictures are worth 1000 climate words

Guest essay by By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley The Guardian, one of the fastest-collapsing “legacy” news media in Britain, is bleeding circulation more rapidly than almost any other national newspaper. One reason, perhaps, is that on the question of the … Continue reading

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Still chasing consensus – on building a climate consensus model

Statistics research could build consensus around climate predictions Philadelphia, PA—Vast amounts of data related to climate change are being compiled by research groups all over the world. Data from these many and varied sources results in different climate projections; hence, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week – UEA/CRU scientist disses Cook’s 97%

Barry Woods writes via email: A very interesting article, with Mike Hulme dissing the 97% paper along the way. But I think perhaps the most interesting part, is it seems to allow sceptics at the policy table.

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If 99 Doctors Said…

We’ve seen the “If 99 doctors said…” argument, or facsimiles, used often by global warming enthusiasts in recent months. George Clooney used it when interviewed at the Britannia Awards. (See the Open Letter to Lewis Black and George Clooney.) James … Continue reading

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Skeptical Science’s John Cook – Making **** Up

Guest essay by Brandon Shollenberger Last week, John Cook published a piece in the Europhysics News magazine in which he, quite literally, fabricates a quote.  You can see the details here, but basically, he took the old quote about a … Continue reading

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An oopsie in the Doran/Zimmerman 97% consensus claim

David Burton writes: I just realized the obvious answer to a question that has been nagging in the back of my mind for nearly a year and a half. In 2008 Margaret Zimmerman asked two questions of 10,257 Earth Scientists at … Continue reading

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Mail wars: Heartland -vs- the AMS

There is a bit of a row that has developed over the recent American Meteorological Society survey of its membership on cause of climate change that gave a surprising result of only 52% of survey respondents answering Yes: Mostly human. … Continue reading

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The 97% consensus myth – busted by a real survey

We’ve all been subjected to the incessant “97% of scientists agree …global warming…blah blah” meme, which is nothing more than another statistical fabrication by John Cook and his collection of “anything for the cause” zealots. As has been previously pointed … Continue reading

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‘97% consensus’ apparently doesn’t exist at the IPCC

Consensus? What Consensus? You’d think they’d be able to agree on this most important number. They did for AR4.

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Join my crowd-sourced complaint about the ‘97% consensus’

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Three-quarters (rounded up to 97.1%) of all commenters expressing an opinion on my recent post about Dana Nuccitelli’s attempt at ex-post-facto justification of the false assertion in the lamentable Cook et al. paper of a … Continue reading

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97% Climate consensus ‘denial': the debunkers debunked

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Not the least of many signs that the rationalists who have dared to doubt the official story are winning the debate on the climate is the childish bluster to which the dwindling band of true-believers … Continue reading

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A question for Oreskes – But what do we mean by consensus?

Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Politicians pay for science, but scientists should not be politicians. Consensus is a political concept. Unwisely deployed, it can be damagingly anti-scientific. A reply to Naomi Oreskes (Nature, 4 September 2013). Subject terms: … Continue reading

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