Climate change waffle words

On two occasions I have been asked, ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
Charles Babbage–mathematician

Current interview and interrogation techniques pay a great deal of attention to “waffle words.” These are words which “water down” a statement so it has more than one possible interpretation. They are used to cover deception and lies.

Waffle words are used extensively in the news releases from the global warming alarmists . . . or should I say the climate change alarmist. In fact, “climate change” is a great example of waffle words. There is a huge difference in interpretation between “global warming” and “climate change.” Global warming means the world is getting warmer; climate change means anything up to and including a new ice age is well within climate change parameters.

In perusing four articles on “climate change,” there were the following words giving multiple interpretations or watering down the global warming sciences’ robust case:

Almost, appears, believes, calculations show, climate models. computer models, computer projections. computer predictions, could, estimates, if, indications, largely, likelihood, likely, may, might, most, one would expect, possible, predicted, scenarios, seems, should, simulations, some, some think, suggests, it’s well possible, and wouldn’t necessarily.

Actual observed climate behavior is not mentioned in any of the articles. Odd, huh?

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