At first, many if not most people were willing to give scientists the benefit of the doubt. After all, scientists and other “professionals” have a reputation of being concerned with facts, not opinions and agendas. Right or wrong, the general public has a historical perception of scientists as being objective and above personal biases.
But as people began to learn more about this apocalyptic prediction, their confidence in the scientific community in general and this hypothesis in particular began to drop. People began to realize how little actual solid evidence there is for AGW, and how much of the hypothesis is based on computer models.
The public started to see that while most of the predictions concerning AGW are so far out into the future as to be unverifiable, some were short term…and have been woefully missed by these computer models. As public belief in this idea began to drop, the so-called scientific community began to overplay its hand, and soon we were hearing scientists tell us that anything and everything was a sign, was proof of global warming: if it’s hot, that proves global warming; if it’s cold, that proves global warming; if it rains, that proves global warming; if it snows, that proves global warming; if there’s a drought, that proves global warming. Uh huh. Yes, too many people are preoccupied with Survivor and Lady Gaga, but only a few of us are that stupid and disengaged intellectually.
Then came ClimateGate, where we found out about “scientists” who had destroyed their raw data, were trying to “hide the decline” in temperatures, and were relying on “fudged” computer models. Even the United Nation’s IPCC environmentalist group ended up with egg on their face. In other words, we were dealing with junk science being peddled by Marxists as an excuse to exercise greater control and extort more tax money from the people.
And we learned of the blatant hypocrisy of the environmentalists pushing this hoax. It’s not hard to figure out that if the people hysterically telling us we need to stop using electricity and ride bicycles don’t take their own mantra seriously, neither should we.
Meanwhile, the data just keeps rolling in from various sources which shows us that climate change is a natural and cyclic phenomenon that has been occurring in extremes even greater than today, going back hundreds and thousands of years.
It’s no wonder that one of the last polls I saw on belief in AGW showed only about 1/3 of Americans believed in this silly idea anymore.
Now Rasmussen Reports releases a poll showing nearly 3/4 of Americans believe that it’s at least somewhat likely that some scientists have faked their research data to get us to believe this scam.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 69% say it’s at least somewhat likely that some scientists have falsified research data in order to support their own theories and beliefs, including 40% who say this is Very Likely. Twenty-two percent (22%) don’t think it’s likely some scientists have falsified global warming data, including just six percent (6%) say it’s Not At All Likely. Another 10% are undecided.
Wow. Only 22% don’t think it’s likely “scientists” (I’m sorry, but if you’re agenda-driven and trying to deceive people about the facts, you don’t deserve to be called a scientist without some quotes around the word to qualify it) are trying to pull the wool over our eyes.
It’ll only be a few more years before this hoax ends up on the ash heap of history with a flat earth, bleeding, and geocentrism. Oh, there remain some politicians who dangerously believe this nonsense, and the Marxists won’t go gently into the night, but the tipping point has been reached and it won’t be long before AGW will be a cheap throw-away joke on late-night TV.