No Consensus at Top Echelons
Not by Fire but by Ice
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5 Jun 07
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|They call this a consensus?|
2 Jun 07 - "Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled."
"So said Al Gore ... in 1992. Amazingly, he made his claims despite much evidence of their falsity. A Gallup poll at the time reported that 53% of scientists actively involved in global climate research did not believe global warming had occurred; 30% weren't sure; and only 17% believed global warming had begun. Even a Greenpeace poll showed 47% of climatologists didn't think a runaway greenhouse effect was imminent; only 36% thought it possible and a mere 13% thought it probable.
"Today, Al Gore is making the same claims of a scientific consensus, as do the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and hundreds of government agencies and environmental groups around the world. But the claims of a scientific consensus remain unsubstantiated. They have only become louder and more frequent.
"… the list of distinguished scientists who question the IPCC grows daily, as does the number of emails I receive, many from scientists who express gratitude for my series.
"… Certainly there is no consensus at the very top echelons of scientists … and certainly there is no consensus among astrophysicists and other solar scientists … If anything, the majority view among these subsets of the scientific community may run in the opposite direction. Not only do most of my interviewees either discount or disparage the conventional wisdom as represented by the IPCC, many say their peers generally consider it to have little or no credibility. In one case, a top scientist told me that, to his knowledge, no respected scientist in his field accepts the IPCC position.
"A great many scientists, without doubt, are four-square in
their support of the IPCC. A great many others are not... A recent
indicator comes from the U.S.-based National Registry of Environmental
Professionals, an accrediting organization whose 12,000 environmental
practitioners have standing with U.S. government agencies such as the
Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. In a
November, 2006, survey of its members, it found that only 59% think
human activities are largely responsible for the warming that has
occurred, and only 39% make their priority the curbing of carbon
emissions. And 71% believe the increase in hurricanes is likely natural,
not easily attributed to human activities."
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