“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
It’s absolutely stunning how a simple lie, no longer than a sentence long, can shape the perception of an entire nation. All it takes is a media that’s complicit with the one telling the lie, and an unbeatable propaganda machine rolls over anyone who dares to let the truth pass their lips.
Tuesday, Ted Cruz grilled Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, a radical environmentalist organization. During the hearing, Mair told two lies that are used by every liberal to promote the global warming/climate change/climate disruption narrative. Not only did he tell these lies with a straight face, he repeated them multiple times.
The first lie was regarding “the pause.” Ted Cruz brought up the fact that satellite data show no significant rise in global temperature over the last 18 or so years. This is true.
But Mair wasn’t having it. This is the exchange between Cruz and Mair over this issue:
Mair: “Based upon the preponderance of evidence, the science is settled…”
Cruz: “How do you address that in the last 18 years, the satellite data show no demonstrable warming whatsoever?”
Mair: “I would rely on the Union of Concerned Scientists, and…the evidence from our own NOAA officials. The data are there.”
Cruz: “Is it correct that the satellite data over the last 18 years demonstrate no significant warming?”
Cruz: “How is it incorrect?”
After this question, Mair sat back, spoke with one of his aides, then leaned forward and replied:
“Based upon our experts, it’s been refuted long ago, and it’s not up for scientific debate.”
I’m curious to know how the above chart has been “refuted.” But of course Mair doesn’t elaborate, nor did he elaborate when he released his rebuttal video shortly after the hearing.
Next, Cruz and Mair debated the infamous “97% consensus.” Here’s the exchange:
Mair: “Senator, 97% of the scientists concur and agree that there is global warming…”
Cruz: “The problem with that statistic, which gets cited a lot, is it’s based on one bogus study…I asked about the science and the evidence, the actual data. We have satellites, they’re measuring temperature. That should be relevant. And your answer was: ‘Pay no attention to your lying eyes and the numbers.’ Instead, listen to the scientists who are receiving massive grants, who tell us ‘Do not debate the science.'”
Cruz continued to press Mair, who simply repeated the 97% phrase over and over again:
Mair: “We concur with the 97% scientific consensus with regard to global warming.”
The alleged 97% consensus has been harshly criticized. The study from which the Sierra Club gets their information (it’s even cited on their website) was conducted by one John Cook.
John Cook allegedly reviewed thousands of peer reviewed papers, and found that out of those papers, 97% of scientists agreed that climate change is at least partially man-made. But there’s a problem with Cook’s results–they’re off by about 96%.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the former director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Climatic Research David R. Legates, examined the evidence, and came to a very different conclusion:
“…’only 41 papers–0.3 percent of all 11,944 abstracts or 1.0 percent of the 4,014 expressing an opinion, and not 97.1 percent–had been found to endorse’ the claim that human activity is causing most of the current warming.”
Not only that, but several of the scientists surveyed, including Dr. Craig Idso, Dr. Nor Shaviv, Dr. Richard Toll, and Dr. Nicola Scafetta, complained that their work was being misrepresented.
Popular Technology interviewed Dr. Idso, and he said:
“It would be incorrect to claim that our paper was an endorsement of CO2-induced global warming.”
They also interviewed Dr. Scafetta, who said:
“Cook et al. (2013) is based on a straw man argument…What my papers say is that the IPCC [United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] view is erroneous because about 40-70% of the global warming observed from 1900 to 2000 was induced by the sun.”
In essence, the study upon which the climate change alarmists at the Sierra Club base their idea of a 97% consensus is utter BS.
A final nail in the coffin of a “consensus” is the Global Warming Petition Project, which bears the signatures of over 30,000 scientists, over 9,000 of whom hold PhDs.
The petition states, in part:
“There is no convincing scientific evidence that the human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing, or will in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the earth’s climate.”
What I’m saying is: Cruz is correct, and Aaron Mair is a liar…or an idiot.