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Climate scientist who once supported crisis narrative now says it’s a ‘manufactured consensus’

Judith Curry broke away from the alarmist camp after turning out to be unpersuaded by the hysteria-ridden predictions.

Published: August 10, 2023 4:23pm

A climatologist who’s been ostracized from her field for opposing the widespread climate change narrative, called it a “manufactured consensus” in a now-viral interview. 

Journalist John Stossel interviewed Judith Curry, former chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, where she described the “manufactured” narrative that she believes is peddled by scientists for “fame and fortune.”

The Scientific American once called her a “heretic” for her views.

Curry said the turning point in her career was when she published research that “the percent of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes had doubled,” which led to the now much more common method of tying “extreme weather events to global warming.”  However, she later came to realize her research had flaws, so she corrected course.

Afterwards followed what is now known as the 'Climategate' scandal, where emails suggesting that the scientific community was pushing a climate crisis narrative were published online. FOIA requests were reportedly dodged as climate advocates tried to suppress the claim that a crisis was not occurring. 

Curry said she eventually started feeling "hostility" at Georgia Tech. She left the school in 2017 but was allegedly unable to remain in academia because she'd pitted herself against the narrative that dominates the field.

Though she's accused of abandoning the status quo for money, Curry says if money were her concern, she would have stayed, as she said her paycheck was significant.

Watch the full interview here.

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