Friday, April 12, 2013

Weekend Links: The "What global warming consensus?" Edition

One of the most powerful tools in the enviros arsenal is the "consensus" claim.  That is, the assertion that the data are in, the research is unequivicol, and no serious scientist would dissent from the view that man is causing catastrophic warming of the planet.  It's an appeal to authority and, as such, is very powerful and persuasive when directed at the lay public who have neither the time nor the knowledge to formulate their own informed positions.  From this perspective, the rational thing to do is to trust in the conclusions of those who spend their time in this area -- the scientists, the experts.  And if the idea that there is a consensus among these scientists is put forth, why wouldn't the public believe it? 

The enviros know this, of course.  And in fact, they've been pushing this position strongly from at least prior to Gore's An Inconvenient Truth movie.  In fact, Gore has a scene in the movie where he essentially says that no real scientist disagrees that man is causing catastrophic GW.  And in the fall of 2008, newly elected President Obama echoed that view by claiming that “few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than fighting climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear.”

Well, back to reality.  There is not now, nor was there ever, a consensus of scientists agreeing that the science is settled and that it all points to mankind as responsible for the (currently disputed) minor warming that has occurred over the last 110 years or so. 

As evidence, I offer three links that put the lie to that assertion.  The first (here) is also the most recent (February of this year), and discusses findings of a recent survey of climate scientists.  The second (here) links to a large US Senate Petition project started in 2007 and concluded in 2010.  The project ultimately identified over 1000 scientists around the globe with relevant knowledge who have rejected the alarmists litney.  And the last link (here) reveals a huge anti-alarmist petition that dates back to 1997 -- 10 years before Gore claimed in his movie that there aren't any scientists that dispute the alarmist position.