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Science Media Centre’s Casual Misrepresentation

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Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill

Tom Sheldon, the witness from the Science Media Centre, did what the Science Media Centre usually does and alternated between drivel and outright misrepresentation.

The Science and Technology Committee’s first hearing on public understanding of climate science was, as expected, a bit of a charade, with softball questions being tossed by green-tinged MPs in the direction of like-minded witnesses. There was little by way of truth-seeking behaviour and precious little truth and light either, and the impression you get is that most of the MPs on the committee have little or no interest in the issues being discussed. It really leaves a very poor impression of Parliament.

As one would expect, the Empty Statement on consensus was tossed around a great deal, without anyone on the panel apparently wondering what it was that scientists were (allegedly) agreeing about.

Tom Sheldon, the witness from the Science Media Centre, did what the Science Media Centre usually does and alternated between drivel and outright misrepresentation. Sheldon’s claim that Nigel Lawson regularly appears in the media saying “climate change isn’t real” was later on called out by Graham Stringer, who, using the proper Parliamentary language, pointed out that this claim was simply untrue.

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