People continue to be swayed by what they think is popular opinion, as in the explosion of polls, surveys and social media. As Nobel prize winner, Anatole France (1844-1924, said: “[Even] if 50 million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
At Watts Up With That, Tom Harris writes:
Besides the obvious bias we have come to expect from most main stream media coverage of climate change, “Climate of Doubt“, aired Tuesday night on PBS’s Frontline, committed one serious mistake that can not be left unaddressed. Frontline repeatedly implied that there is an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that our CO emissions are driving us to a global climate catastrophe. They cited 97% as the fraction of the climate science community who agreed with climate alarmism.
That number is easily dismissed. It comes from a 2009 online survey of 10,257 earth scientists, conducted by two researchers at the University of Illinois. Strangely, the researchers chose to eliminate almost all the scientists from the survey and so ended up with only 77 people, 75 of whom, or 97%, thought humans contributed to climate change….