Fox News host Tucker Carlson hosted a California college professor, Joseph Palermo, who wrote a Huffington Post op-ed in which he argued that Trump’s administration shouldn’t be allowed to use Twitter since they believed “the science of global warming is bogus.”
In the article, Dr. Palermo claimed that 98% of scientists believe in the science behind extreme climate change scenarios.
During the interview, Carlson pressed Palermo for a source for his 98% claim.
“How do you know that? Are you a scientist or have you polled other scientists? Where’d you get that figure?”
Palermo wouldn’t or couldn’t answer the question.
Daily Caller suggested that Palermo was likely referring to an oft-touted 2013 study by Australian researcher John Cook.
Cook’s study has been thoroughly debunked by experts who found the actual “consensus” is scarcely 0.3 percent.
Palermo has a Ph.D. from Cornell University in American History, with minor fields in Anthropology and Modern Latin America.
He has two M. A.s, one from Cornell in American History and one from San Jose State University in History. His B.A. is from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he doubled majored in Sociology and Anthropology.
He currently teaches history at Sacramento State, where his bio lists his specialization as “U.S., twentieth-century politics.”
Notably missing from his academic and work history is any sniff or whiff that he ever studied any hard science at all, much less that he majored in or has worked in the fields of climatology or meteorology.