Is there really a Consensus on Climate Change?

In an op-ed piece published in The Wall Street Journal, Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer take on those who claim there are 97% of the world’s scientists who agree that climate is a real problem, a man-made problem, and a dangerous problem.  They cite the faulty studies that are probably the basis for this claim.

According to the op-ed article, the 97% number is fiction and is based on a few surveys and abstract counting exercises.  Let’s see why.

They mention one online survey in which only 79 self-designated themselves as climate change experts out of a survey of 3,146 respondents.  Certainly, those 79 are neither a “consensus” of all the world’s scientists, nor do they represent the surveys conclusion that 97% of climate scientists agree about climate change.  It’s a pretty small statistical sample to base such grandiose claims.  Note that the online survey asked only two questions of the respondents.

The op-ed article also presented research that shows that a consensus on global warming indeed does not exist.  For example, the Petition Project of a group of scientists based in La Jolla, CA, got signatures from more that 31,000 scientists of which at least 9,000 were Ph.D.’s  This petition stated the following: “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.”

Isn’t it time we recognize that global cooling, then global warming, then climate change are not real crises and there is no consensus on them among the world’s scientists?

The so-called climate change crisis is just one more socialist attempt to control our energy supplies, our economy, and our lives.

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