What scientists think vs. what people are told they think
One of the most widely heard claims by the lobby pushing the global warming
myth is that an overwhelming consensus of scientists supports the hypothesis
that human activities are causing world temperatures to rise, which unless checked
will bring on all manner of climatic cataclysms. In ECO
VS. REAL SCIENTISTS (April 14, 1998) I mentioned that the 2,500 signers
of the IPCC document constantly being cited were almost all political delegates
from various countries or academics from the social fields.
So total is this consensus supposed to be, that most politicians on both sides
of the issue are not even asking questions about the science. But to find out
what scientists really think, Dr. Arthur Robinson of the Oregon Institute of
Science and Medicine, who publishes the Access to Energy newsletter (see
BB ARCHIVES - ENERGY ISSUES, posting October
29, 1997), circulated the following petition among what he believed to be
the silent majority of scientists:
"We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement
that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals.
The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the
advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon
dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable
future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption
of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that
increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effect upon
the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
The result shows that the widely touted consensus does not exist. In the first
six weeks, 16,900 people signed the petition, including over 15,000 basic and
applied scientists, two thirds of them with advanced degrees. A complete account,
including lists of the signers, is available at http://www.oism.org/pproject/
and at http://www.sitewave.net/pproject/