on trust and evidence in the climate dispute (again)

One of the main obstacles to widespread acceptance of the claim that climate change demands immediate and dramatic government intervention is the growing awareness that the claimed scientific basis for the policy is weak. This is why the claim that 97% of climate scientists believe in human-caused warming is so prominently deployed by those seeking to expand government control of the economy to address it.

But the 97% statistic is patently false, and among people who have taken care to read broadly on the topic this is widely known, which only serves to deepen the level of distrust they feel toward climate alarmists. There’s a suspicion, I think, that climate alarmists are just as aware as anyone that the 97% claim is bogus, so the willingness to perpetuate it suggests ulterior, and perhaps nefarious, motives. Trust is hard to come by in that situation.

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