‘Facts, data, statistics, history, and results’


I thank Mr. Samuel T. Foust for again sharing his very fine, florid, fluid writing style with us, but question the motivation. Cleary Mr. Foust is a hyper political partisan who enjoys lobbing verbal grenades and engaging in wholesale denial of knowledge.

His argumentation style follows the “Orange One” whose penchant for hurling buckets of lies, avoiding truth at all cost, and proudly propounding lie upon lie in service of self promotion seems to be Foust’s model. He plugs his second book/pamphlet, a fictional tale contained in 136 pages provocatively entitled “ The Mother Of All Traitors” published in 2015, as absolving the United States of any responsibility and obligation for Global Warming.

Disparaging “climate change” as a Democratic diatribe talking point and a hoax [mirroring Trump’s initial Corona Virus response] but loudly asserting “ I care about facts, data, statistics, history and results” consequently places the factual burden of proof on Mr. Foust to provide a thorough response to the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) whose Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced around 2013-2014 by 830 expert scientific authors from 85 countries which already stretch to over 5000 plus pages, and concluded:

This report concluded: [1] Human influence on the climate system is clear; [2] The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts; [3] We have the means to limit climate change and build a more prosperous, sustainable future.

Mr. Foust will not produce climate data to refute the IPPC findings but will continue to follow in the steps of various highly paid, loose knit group of scientists, who effectively mislead the public for decades denying well-established scientific knowledge addressing tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming and DDT. [Read “Merchants of Doubt” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway].

Following Mr. Foust’s admonish not to forgo due diligence in favor of perpetuating false narratives, I learned that Mr. Samuel T. Foust authored his first book, published in 2010, “Sixteen Steps to Six Figures…A Game Plan for Sales Success” providing automobile sales professionals with a structure for success.

The book jacket promotion describes Mr. Foust as one of Americas foremost authorities in professional sales with over twenty years experience in the automotive industry as well as a three year tenure in higher education administration.

Nowhere does Mr. Foust proudly assert or set forth even meager qualifications to enable him to credibly deride and deny climate science. Mechanically, Mr. Foust repeats his incantation: “facts, data, statistics, history and results” to justify and sanitize whatever assertions made.

Mr. Foust’s assertions and denial of scientific research and fact while meretricious have in reality no value and questionable integrity, if the Orange One is the guide. Blanket denial of man’s impact on climate flies in the face of all statements heard at President elect Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate where from Putin to the King of Saudi Arabia bragged about their efforts to help reduce greenhouse gases, use of renewable energy, planting trees and protecting the oceans and reefs.

The clear unanimous worldwide message was that the single biggest threat to human existence is climate change and the necessity to halt the rise of CO2 and arrest the temperature climb to over 1.5 Degrees Centigrade.

Harry Shatz