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John Stossel: The Fake Climate Consensus

The fake climate consensus that there is a “crisis” due to human-caused warming is “manufactured,” says a climate scientist.

by John Stossel

We are told climate change is a crisis, and that there is an “overwhelming scientific consensus.”

“It’s a manufactured consensus,” says climate scientist Judith Curry in my new video. She says scientists have an incentive to exaggerate risk to pursue “fame and fortune.”

She knows about that because she once spread alarm about climate change. Media loved her when she published a study that seemed to show a dramatic increase in hurricane intensity.

“We found that the percent of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes had doubled,” says Curry. “This was picked up by the media,” and then climate alarmists realized, “Oh, here is the way to do it. Tie extreme weather events to global warming!”

“So, this hysteria is your fault!” I tell her.

“Not really,” she smiles. “They would have picked up on it anyways.”

But Curry’s “more intense” hurricanes gave them fuel.

“I was adopted by the environmental advocacy groups and the alarmists and I was treated like a rock star,” Curry recounts. “Flown all over the place to meet with politicians.”
But then some researchers pointed out gaps in her research—years with low levels of hurricanes.

“Like a good scientist, I investigated,” says Curry. She realized that the critics were right. “Part of it was bad data. Part of it is natural climate variability.”

Curry was the unusual researcher who looked at criticism of her work and actually concluded “they had a point.” Then, the Climategate scandal taught her that other climate researchers weren’t so open-minded. Alarmist scientists’ aggressive attempts to hide data suggesting climate change is  not a crisis were revealed in leaked emails.

“Ugly things,” says Curry. “Avoiding Freedom of Information Act requests. Trying to get journal editors fired.”

It made Curry realize that there is a “climate change industry” set up to reward alarmism.
“The origins go back to the … U.N. environmental program,” says Curry. Some U.N. officials were motivated by “anti-capitalism. They hated the oil companies and seized on the climate change issue to move their policies along.”

The U.N. created the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“The IPCC wasn’t supposed to focus on any benefits of warming. The IPCC’s mandate was to look for dangerous human-caused climate change.”

“Then the national funding agencies directed all the funding … assuming there are dangerous impacts.”

The researchers quickly figured out that the way to get funded was to make alarmist claims about “man-made climate change.” This is how “manufactured consensus” happens. Even if a skeptic did get funding, it’s harder to publish because journal editors are alarmists.

“The editor of the journal Science wrote this political rant,” says Curry. She even said, “The time for debate has ended.”

“What kind of message does that give?” adds Curry. Then she answers her own question: “Promote the alarming papers! Don’t even send the other ones out for review. If you wanted to advance in your career, like be at a prestigious university and get a big salary, have big laboratory space, get lots of grant funding, be director of an institute, there was clearly one path to go.”

That’s what we’ve got now: a massive government-funded climate alarmism complex.

Every Tuesday at JohnStossel.com, Stossel posts a new video about the battle between government and freedom. He is the author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media.”


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John Stossel
Award-winning news correspondent John Stossel is currently with Fox Business Network and Fox News. Before making the change to Fox News, Stossel was the co-anchor of ABC News's "20/20." Eight to 10 million people watched his program weekly. Often, he ended "20/20" with a TV column called "Give Me a Break," which challenged conventional wisdom.


  1. John: do the math that they do not do. Co2 has one in a million control over temperature. their fake numbers show one in a thousand but they bump it up one or two degrees because the real fraction shows that Co2 has no effect on temperature. but wait there is more. They only talk about warming. Co2 is a conductor of heat. It both increases heat when it is hot but they do not mention that it also makes cold colder. So Co2 is a net zero gas, but it is so microscopic that no one can measure it. They use only the half truths that fits their agenda. Temperature drops 3.5 degrees every thousand feet. air above is colder than the air below. heat goes up but can not go back down. Infrared heating (positive feed back) fails via the inverse square law. You will find no data that supports their claims only speculation…. Co2 is a trace element!!!! 0.000400 Somehow no one understands how tiny that is.

  2. John Stossel should interview Elizabeth Winkler, who has just published a book: ‘Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies.’ She got the same treatment, with Slate Magazine’s review calling for an end to any more discussion of the identify of Shakespeare. Stanley Wells, the head honcho of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust saying it’s ‘immoral’ to question the orthodox story of Shakespeare.

    As I said, it’s the same story, with a different set of actors; academics with a vested interest in keeping a myth alive. A myth that has been very, very good to them, and they fight tooth and nail to keep it from any criticism. Plus, her book is very entertaining and makes a lot of big name academics look really silly.


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