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November 03, 2014

Weather Channel Founder: "Hello, Everybody! There Is No Global Warming!"

Truth to Power.

Watching this interview, I had an epiphany. I think.

The Warmists have been pushing this "consensus" line for a decade.

It's only now I realize why.

When an actual scientist, such as John Coleman, is being interviewed by a reporter or commentator such as Brian Stetler (who is a "media analyst" or something), the non-scientist Arts and Crafts Major is obviously at a disadvantage.

Normally, a reporter would exhibit at least some modesty in telling, say, an economist specializing in emerging market behavior that he's just flat-out wrong. The Arts and Crafts Major has absolutely no education, ability, or authority to say such a thing.

Except... the global warmists have invented this "consensus" Theory of Scientists. While Brian Stetler cannot actually argue about whether there's been warming for the past 17 years (there hasn't been, but he doesn't even have the basic credentials necessary to argue either way about it), he is sufficiently trained to say that if "97% of scientists" say there's global warming, well, 97% is bigger than 3% (the crocodile eats the larger part!!!).

The "consensus" line was thus invented to give politicians, bureaucrats, hacks, "activists," reporters, media analysts and other political operatives some sort of justification to tell educated scientists in the field that they're wrong.

Think about it: Without this "consensus" line, what would Brian Stetler say?

He could only interview his interviewee -- which is what reporters are supposed to do, or rather what they were once supposed to do. Now they are supposed to be Advocates for Truth, and they're supposed to argue with their alleged interviewees.

But how can they argue with scientist interviewees when they themselves stopped taking science the moment it was no longer a requirement in high school?

Well, in comes "the consensus" line. Now they can debate the "issues" -- well, not really, but to LIV's watching at home, it might look like "Science," one guy talking about actual science, and the other guy saying sciencey-sounding things like "an overwhelming consensus" and "97%."

(Numbers are of course sciencey.)

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