Fox News (Again) Trying to Shout Down the 98 Percent
January 5, 2017
For Fox News, Fake News is not a tactic, it’s a Business Model.
Fake News is, of course, not News to Climate Scientists. They’ve been dealing with it for decades.
On Fox News last night Tucker Carlson gave a bit of a seminar on the “La la la I can’t hear you” method of climate denial, as he did not want to accept and deal with the overwhelming consensus on the science of climate change, but rather badger a non-scientist about the exact source of the 98 percent figure.
For future reference, here’s a primer on what we know about the overwhelming, 150 year old science of climate change.
My friend John Cook PhD conducted perhaps the most famous survey on the issue.
John and I also discussed how another climate denier, perennial Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, misused and distorted a study to claim high levels of doubt on climate in the global science community.
In fact, after hearing the Santorum interview, I spoke immediately to the author of the study that the Senator claimed to have cited, Bart Verheggen PhD.
Although using a somewhat different approach than Cook, Verheggen, like a number of others, found overwhelming agreement on the science, with the level of agreement highest among those with the greatest relevant expertise.
Dr. Cook is relocating to the US this year, and I spent some time with him last month chatting about best practices for cutting thru Denial nonsense – which I hope to share in upcoming productions.