97% of scientists agree, the polar bears are melting… faster than you can say “Al Gore”

The woman ahead of me in the checkout line was buying a Sierra Club calendar. “Are there pictures of melting polar bears?” I innocently inquired. With an you’re-not-at-all-funny expression on her face, she replied, “Well, the polar ice caps are melting.” “How do you know?” I asked. “Because 97% of scientists agree,” she smugly responded.

The 97% statistic is used ad nauseam in reference to the percentage of scientists who are said to believe in man-made global warming. The stat is more than a little disingenuous. It also reflects the blind faith most Americans have in science. In the early 1970s, it was the consensus in the scientific community that we were entering another ice ageglobal cooling.

Like most professionals, scientists are herd animals who will say whatever they think their colleagues want to hear.

Going with the “overwhelming consensus” is marching into quicksand in lead-lined boots.

In 1914, it was the consensus among military strategists that a European war would be of short duration – home by Christmas. Four years and 40 million dead later…

In the 1920s, it was the consensus among investors that the U.S. economy would expand indefinitely.

In the late 1930s, it was the consensus among Western diplomats that Hitler’s territorial ambitions were limited.

In 2016, it was the overwhelming consensus among pollsters that Trump would get a shellacking, and it would be 4 to 8 years of Hillary.

Today, among municipal officials, it’s the consensus that the homeless crisis is due to lack of affordable housing. Addiction and mental illness don’t even enter into their calculation.

And physicians once appeared in ads for cigarettes.

When a consensus cracks and begins to crumble, it’s even more dangerous than melting polar bears.

[Photo by Brian McMahon on Unsplash]

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About the Author:

Don Feder was a Boston Herald editorial writer and syndicated columnist from June 1983 to June 2002. For 19 years, his twice-weekly column appeared in the Herald, New England’s second largest newspaper. On February 28, 2002, the paper published his 2,000th column.

Feder’s column was syndicated and carried by more than 40 newspapers and e-magazines nationwide.

His writings have also appeared in USA TODAY, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, American Enterprise, Front Page Magazine, Human Events, American Thinker and GrassTopsUSA. Feder has traveled extensively in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

He is the 1998 recipient of the International Communications Award of the Republic of China on Taiwan.

Feder is also the recipient of the 1984 Distinguished Editorial Journalism Award from The Conservative Caucus of America, the 2002 Warren T. Brooks Award from Massachusetts Citizens for Limited Taxation, the Princeton Ivy Leaguers for Freedom Award in October 1999, the Second Amendment Foundation’s 1985 James Madison Award, The World Congress of Families’ 2016 Family And Truth Award and the First Place Prize in the Amy Foundation’s Writing Contest for Projecting Biblical Truths in the Secular Media in 1992.

Since leaving the Boston Herald in 2002, Feder has served as a communications consultant, writer and conference organiser for various pro-life and pro-family NGOs.

Feder worked with the World Congress of Families from 2006 to May 2018, first as Communications Director, and later as Coalitions Director and Coordinator of Regional Conferences. He was the editor of World Congress of Families News and the organisation’s Leadership Memos. He spoke at WCF II (Geneva) WCF III (Mexico City), WCF IV (Warsaw), WCF V (Amsterdam), WCF VI (Madrid), WCF IX (Salt Lake City), WCF X (Tbilisi) and WCF XI (Budapest).

He also helped to organise World Congress of Families regional conferences in Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, London, Paris, Belgrade, Moldova, Moscow, Ulyanovsk (Russia), Riga (Latvia), Malawi, Abuja (Nigeria), and Nairobi.

Besides his work for World Congress of Families, Feder helped to organise The Interfaith Zionist Leadership Summit (2003), The War on Christians Conference (2006) -- both in Washington, D.C. -- and The Constitution or Sharia Conference (2011) in Nashville, TN.

He is currently the Coalitions Director of the Ruth Institute.

Feder is a graduate of the Boston University College of Liberal Arts (BA in political science) and the Boston University Law School (JD). He passed the bar in New York and Massachusetts and practiced law in upstate New York (1973-1976).

Prior to writing for the Boston Herald, he was Executive Director of Massachusetts Citizens for Limited Taxation (1976-1979) and the Second Amendment Foundation (1979-1982).

He is married to Andrea (formerly Mills), is the father of four children and grandfather of three. He was born sometime in the last century.

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