…A key takeaway is that media reports and punditry, even by scientists, about climate change are the result of something like a long game of “telephone” where the message is slightly altered through every connection it makes to get to that day’s talking head. It’s all the worse because the interpretation from the original scientific studies is typically made by people who don’t understand what they’re reading or who have a bias to emphasize or, more often, want to create a certain conclusion. In these days of “journalists” who have lost any scruple or trepidation about writing their opinion (no matter how uninformed) as news, you generally have both, resulting in dishonest translations of the science by people who didn’t understand it to begin with.
Indeed, one of the most surprising and important lessons of Unsettled is that many claims made by the media, politicians, and “scientists,” usually of the left, based on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), are not made in the reports themselves or are views or conclusions that the reports explicitly say are held with “low confidence.” For example — and I expect this will shock anyone, regardless of your opinions on the issue or the science — the IPCC expresses the following:
“low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale” (in other words, the size and frequency of floods might just as easily be decreasing as increasing)
“low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century”
“low confidence in trends in small-scale severe weather phenomena such as hail and thunderstorms”
An IPCC Special Report says, “Even if there were no anthropogenic (human-caused) changes in climate, a wide variety of natural weather and climate extremes would still occur.”link
After the destructive fraudulence of covid pseudoscience, how can anyone believe today’s “climate science,” which is presented in the same manner—you must believe or you are a bad person, obey us or die, etc. ABN