Prager U: Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree?

"So what did the 97 percent actually say?"

"97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is real," according to leftists, but is that assumption accurate? A new video for Prager University says no. 

Hosted by Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, the video explores the left's sacred "97 percent" argument, exposing it as false. 

According to Epstein, climate change enthusiasts either manipulate the data to reflect their worldview or leave out details that don't correspond to their assumptions. To prove it, Epstein cites a study performed by climate change enthusiast John Cook, who falsified his findings by inflating the numbers or exaggerating conclusions:

So what did the 97 percent actually say? It turns out, nothing remotely resembling catastrophic climate change. One of the main studies justifying 97 percent was done by John Cook, a climate communications fellow for the Global Change Institute in Australia. Here’s his own summary of his survey: “Cook et al. (2013) found that over 97 percent [of papers surveyed] endorsed the view that the Earth is warming up and human emissions of greenhouse gases are the main cause.”

“Main cause” means “over 50 percent. But the vast majority of papers don’t say that human beings are the main cause of recent warming. In fact, one analysis showed that less than 2 percent of papers actually said that.

How did Cook get to 97 percent, then? First, he added papers that explicitly said there was man-made warming but didn’t say how much. Then, he added papers that didn’t even say there was man-made warming, but he thought it was implied.

A scientific researcher has a sacred obligation to accurately report his findings. Cook and researchers like him have failed us—as have the politicians and media figures who have blindly repeated the 97 percent claim to support their anti-fossil fuel goals.

The video concludes with Epstein proclaiming conservatives can protect themselves against this manipulation by asking two questions: "What exactly do [scientists] agree on?" And "How did they prove it?"