By Andrew Bolt ~
The crème de la crème comes with the work (if that is right term for it) of John Cook, occasionally aided by Stefan Lewandowsky…In 2013 Cook et al and a team of volunteers looked at more than 12,000 abstracts, rated them according to whether or not they implicitly or explicitly endorsed the view that human activity had caused (wait for it) some of the warming, and again found the magic 97 per cent. See — it’s true! Surely those three separate ratings of 97 per cent have something going for them.
On the face of it, no. Unfortunately for Cook, Legates and others later in the same year published a rebuttal. They found that only 41 papers – 0.3% of all 11,944 abstracts or 1.0% of the 4,014 expressing an opinion, and not 97.1% – had been found to endorse the claim that human activity is causing most of the current warming. Elsewhere, Craig Idso, Nicola Scafetta, Nir J. Shaviv and Nils-Axel Morner and other climate scientists protested that Mr. Cook ignored or misrepresented their work. Cook has been trying to defend his results ever since, but more and more scorn has, in my view quite rightly, been poured on the work. You can read some of the objections here, here and here, for starters. As I have said before, this is terrible stuff methodologically, the worst I’ve ever seen in a peer-reviewed journal.
How can any serious person – especially any serious scientist – dispute this claim that so offends a Fairfax climate pilgrim:
Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash … told Sky News there were “varying views” on climate science and she was of the opinion it was still up for debate.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily settled but I think we certainly think we should be taking every precaution possible to ensure that the planet is healthy,” she said.
Earlier in the week, Senator Brandis told the Senate there were still questions about the nature and causes of climate change, though he acknowledged he was not a scientist.
Addressing Labor’s Kim Carr, Senator Brandis said: “Senator Carr, you’re the one who says the science is settled. I don’t.”
This isn’t a religion, guys. Rational people are allowed to doubt. In fact, it’s a mark of intelligence.
(Via Rafe Champion at Catallaxy Files.)
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.