John Stossel Interviews Judith Curry: How Climate “Science” Got Hijacked by Alarmists

Climate alarmists insist there’s a “scientific consensus” that says climate change is a crisis, and man causes it! Researcher Judith Curry tells me, “it’s a manufactured consensus.”

Curry was a department chair at Georgia Tech when she spread alarm about climate change. The media loved her then. She claimed there was an increase in hurricane intensity. But then some researchers pointed out gaps in her research: years with low levels of hurricanes. “Like a good scientist, I went in and investigated.” When she acknowledged a lack of evidence that hurricane intensity had increased, she was ruthlessly attacked by climate alarmists.

Her career suffered. Now Curry reveals nefarious ways “the science” about climate change has been corrupted.

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Steve Case
August 8, 2023 8:11 am

Nothing we didn’t already know. And nothing that we will see on the nightly news either.

Reply to  Steve Case
August 9, 2023 5:31 am

The (rhetorical) question in my mind is: “Today, in the age of smartphones and the ubiquitous internet, who is watching the ‘nightly nooze’ anymore?”

August 8, 2023 8:25 am

Can you get the BBC to air this?

If only

Robert T Evans
Reply to  strativarius
August 8, 2023 8:41 am

Like a snowballs chance in hell.

Reply to  Robert T Evans
August 8, 2023 9:13 am

But there is no snow anymore?

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  strativarius
August 8, 2023 8:41 am

If they ever do it’ll be a case of

Porcine aviators fueled and ready for take-off

Mr Ed
August 8, 2023 9:01 am

Refreshing honesty..old news on this forum,

CD in Wisconsin
August 8, 2023 9:28 am

Excellent piece by John Stossel. He is one of the few people in journalism who seems to be trustworthy and has his head screwed on straight. Anyone who thinks that science is not corruptible by the money and political power of governments and the U.N. is naive and foolish.

It would appear that politicians are straddling the fence between climate alarmism and keeping the fossil fuels flowing to prevent economic collapse. If they were not doing that, we would be in a state of economic collapse by now. That does not mean however the the alarmists won’t stop trying.

A mass media that is ignorant and foolish enough to be compliant mouthpieces for this alarmism only makes matters worse. The political bent of the media (or at least the leftist outlets) and their Orwellian Big Brother nature make them perfect for the goals and agenda of climate alarmism. We humans can still succumb to the mass hysteria and group think created by the mass media just as much as we always could. Thinking for oneself is thought-crime.

Perhaps the massive cost of Net Zero will eventually take its toll on the alarmism over time, but it probably will not die out anytime soon.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
August 8, 2023 4:39 pm

The old communists morphed into the radical environmental movement following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev went from communist dictator to environmental champion and steward. They seek to destroy capitalism through any means necessary and these useful idiots on the left stupidly play along. None of this nonsense has anything to do about the climate or the environment, but it is all meant to destroy capitalism, free market economies, and middle class autonomy.

Reply to  spren
August 9, 2023 3:46 am

The CC scam isa UN driven agenda to destroy capitalism…. former UN Climate Envoy Christiana Figures admitted as much:

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution. That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 – you choose the number. It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.”

Reply to  EastDevonOldie
August 9, 2023 6:07 am

re: “This is the first time in the history of mankind … ” vis-a-vis the UN driven agenda.

(The following is meant to be addressed to the “UN” and not poster EastDevonOldie specifically.)

See: “Central Planning”, and how well it worked in something called the “USSR”, defunct now as a viable ‘institution’ since 1989, but still alive and well in the hearts of ‘the committed’ (those ‘committed’ to gaining and holding political power, w/o the requirement of having ‘earned’ that role. Now, don’t get me started on the late-Republic problems of something called the “USA”.) I think the UN suffers from something that may be termed ‘political amnesia’. Or, maybe, they are all on board with USSR-style communist ‘central planning’? I think the latter is actually the case.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  _Jim
August 9, 2023 4:28 pm

The latter is definitely the case.

Reply to  spren
August 9, 2023 5:46 am

re: “The old communists morphed into the radical environmental movement following the collapse of the Soviet Union.”

The term coined sometime back being “watermelons”; Green on the outside and ‘red’ on the inside.

Rud Istvan
August 8, 2023 9:46 am

Every bit helps reach more people.

August 8, 2023 9:49 am

Story tip

A LABOUR by-election candidate is today unmasked as a Greenpeace zealot.

Alistair Strathern, 33, posed as a zombie for an eco stunt. Our revelation about the Mid Bedfordshire hopeful comes days after Greenpeace activists climbed on PM Rishi Sunak’s home

No change there

Reply to  strativarius
August 8, 2023 12:50 pm

Scion of landed gentry, went to leading public school and PPE degree at Oxford. Just one of a long line of privileged brats playing at socialism. Makes ya’ sick!

August 8, 2023 10:15 am

Thank You Judith Curry for still being who you are and giving them Hell .
¡¡¡ Estupenda Chica “Mala” !!!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  viejecita
August 9, 2023 6:38 am

Judith is a real scientist. When the facts change, she changes her mind.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 9, 2023 4:30 pm

The facts never changed. She just finally saw them.

August 8, 2023 10:17 am

Hijacked, then corrupted.

Dave Fair
Reply to  mleskovarsocalrrcom
August 8, 2023 11:12 am

Meaning what?

Reply to  Dave Fair
August 8, 2023 2:49 pm

Meaning the alarmists first hijacked the science then they corrupted the science with misleading and false data. I thought it was obvious what I posted, guess not.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  mleskovarsocalrrcom
August 9, 2023 4:31 pm

It wasn’t obvious. You could have been referring to Dr Curry.

John Oliver
August 8, 2023 1:20 pm

Del Bigtree is another one of the few trustworthy individuals that used to be prominent and atleast somewhat tolerated by the MSM.

But that was then and this is now. The MSM is currently the most disgusting group of people and organizations in modern times. I expect many politicians to be corrupt but I thought eventually there would be enough individuals with a conscience and a brain that would start telling the truth in the MSM.

I was wrong, we’re on our own now. Good luck.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  John Oliver
August 9, 2023 6:45 am

The MSM has been captured by the radical Left.

It’s been that way for a long time.

A lying MSM is an existential threat to the freedoms of all of us. They are going to lie us into a communist State if we are not careful.

August 8, 2023 4:34 pm

Judith Curry is the very rare honest climate scientist. I used to frequent Steve McKintyre’s Climate Audit site when he was debunking the garbage research presented by Michael Mann. At that time, Curry was still on the alarmist side. But Steve won her over with incontestable facts and she did an about face. But what has happened to her just goes to prove the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished!

Bill Parsons
Reply to  spren
August 8, 2023 9:36 pm

Maybe it was Steve McIntyre who won her over. But listening to her here it seems there were many factors including fire from the left. I’d give her some credit for revising her theories. Regarding McIntyre, I appreciated – and miss – his in-depth perusal of the data. He posted his topics and wrote densely supported summaries and then gave careful consideration and replies to smart contributors. He corresponded with and sought data from the other side. Discussions on a topic could last for days, and as a pure outsider I found myself wanting to go back to see how an issue was developing. Despite his deep dives into mathematics and statistics his writing and graphics, and the commentators themselves, who helped flesh out the arguments, made it possible for a layman to grasp. Climate Audit was a force to be reckoned with.

old cocky
Reply to  Bill Parsons
August 8, 2023 11:08 pm

Climate Audit brought out the best in a lot of people. Mosh used to make quite a few well reasoned arguments there.

August 8, 2023 6:58 pm

when is everyone going to stop Blaming the Main Stream Media and acknowledge that those talking heads are just spouting the text that is printed on the teleprompter…which is EXACTLY what the OWNERS of said media want to be reported.
Look to the owners (i.e. Billionaires/Oligarchs) of CNN, NBC, FoxNews, BBC and all the others…they are the Wizards behind the curtain pulling the strings as to what is “Reported” on air

it is all a power play

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Deacon
August 9, 2023 1:59 pm

When are you gonna stop being an apologist for the mouth pieces of propaganda?
If they do not believe what they are saying, that is even worse.
Not a one of them has come forward to contradict the alarmist narrative, so that BS story falls flat, fast.
Grow up.

August 9, 2023 5:35 am

Stossel is one of the few in media the average American will listen to.

August 9, 2023 12:24 pm

Climate ‘science’ has always been ‘Science’ and thus it could not have been hijacked. The real question is how it ever became viewed as science…

August 10, 2023 12:22 pm

I shared this to Facebook and it was flagged as false

Reply to  wontondon
August 16, 2023 10:07 am

Try clicking on the Youtube link on the video, you will see
“Blocked Page -An error occurred during a connection to
Sinister censorship.

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