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Global Warming "consensus" unmasked: They call this a consensus?
Financial Post ^ | June 02, 2007 | Lawrence Solomon

Posted on 06/02/2007 8:15:51 PM PDT by EPW Comm Team

They call this a consensus?

Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post

Published: Saturday, June 02, 2007

"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.

Al Gore's views have credible dissenters. More than six months ago, I began writing this series, The Deniers. When I began, I accepted the prevailing view that scientists overwhelmingly believe that climate change threatens the planet. I doubted only claims that the dissenters were either kooks on the margins of science or sell-outs in the pockets of the oil companies.

My series set out to profile the dissenters -- those who deny that the science is settled on climate change -- and to have their views heard. To demonstrate that dissent is credible, I chose high-ranking scientists at the world's premier scientific establishments. I considered stopping after writing six profiles, thinking I had made my point, but continued the series due to feedback from readers. I next planned to stop writing after 10 profiles, then 12, but the feedback increased. Now, after profiling more than 20 deniers, I do not know when I will stop -- 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.

Somewhere along the way, I stopped believing that a scientific consensus exists on climate change. Certainly there is no consensus at the very top echelons of scientists -- the ranks from which I have been drawing my subjects -- and certainly there is no consensus among astrophysicists and other solar scientists, several of whom I have profiled. 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.

What of the one claim that we hear over and over again, that 2,000 or 2,500 of the world's top scientists endorse the IPCC position? I asked the IPCC for their names, to gauge their views. "The 2,500 or so scientists you are referring to are reviewers from countries all over the world," the IPCC Secretariat responded. "The list with their names and contacts will be attached to future IPCC publications, which will hopefully be on-line in the second half of 2007."

• An IPCC reviewer does not assess the IPCC's comprehensive findings. He might only review one small part of one study that later becomes one small input to the published IPCC report. Far from endorsing the IPCC reports, some reviewers, offended at what they considered a sham review process, have demanded that the IPCC remove their names from the list of reviewers. One even threatened legal action when the IPCC refused.

A great many scientists, without doubt, are four-square in their support of the IPCC. A great many others are not. A petition organized by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine between 1999 and 2001 claimed some 17,800 scientists in opposition to the Kyoto Protocol. A more 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.

Such diversity of views is also present in the wider scientific community, as seen in the World Federation of Scientists, an organization formed during the Cold War to encourage dialogue among scientists to prevent nuclear catastrophe. The federation, which encompasses many of the world's most eminent scientists and today represents more than 10,000 scientists, now focuses on 15 "planetary emergencies," among them water, soil, food, medicine and biotechnology, and climatic changes.

Within climatic changes, there are eight priorities, one being "Possible human influences on climate and on atmospheric composition and chemistry (e.g. increased greenhouse gases and tropospheric ozone)." Email to a friendPrinter friendlyFont: • *• *• *• *

Man-made global warming deserves study, the World Federation of Scientists believes, but so do other serious climatic concerns. So do 14 other planetary emergencies. That seems about right. - Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Urban Renaissance Institute and Consumer Policy Institute, divisions of Energy Probe Research Foundation. Email:

© National Post 2007

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: algore; climatechange; consensus; globalwarming; lawrencesolomon; noconsensus; thedebateisover
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1 posted on 06/02/2007 8:15:54 PM PDT by EPW Comm Team
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2 posted on 06/02/2007 8:16:59 PM PDT by sourcery (Democrat: n. 1. Quiche-eating surrender donkey.)
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To: EPW Comm Team
A Gallup poll at the time reported....

Science of the new millennium......

3 posted on 06/02/2007 8:18:54 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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It all highlights that “consensus” does not mean right, factual, nor even accurate.

It was never an appropriate term to promote, no matter if it were even true (which it isn’t, but that’s beside my point here).

4 posted on 06/02/2007 8:21:12 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: SteveMcKing
It all highlights that “consensus” does not mean right, factual, nor even accurate.

It means, "You're alone. Everybody else thinks you're an idiot. Shut up and do what you're told!"

The last bit is behind almost everything liberals say.

5 posted on 06/02/2007 8:41:27 PM PDT by irv
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To: EPW Comm Team
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Good news, Mr. Gore, the Apocalypse has been postponed

7 posted on 06/02/2007 8:57:33 PM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

My take on their latest report is that it is 'unequivocal' that the earth is warming. From there, it becomes less certain that the warming is due to man, what amount is due to man, what we can do about it, etc. They should have put the 'unequivocal' at the end of the report.
8 posted on 06/02/2007 9:08:14 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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[ . . My take on their latest report is that it is ‘unequivocal’ that the earth is warming.]

I agree but how much is it warming? If you are familiar with Dr. Roger Pelke Sr.’s CLIMATE SCIENCE site, any “average” global temperature is skewed because many weather reporting stations are no longer in rural areas. City and suburbs with concrete and asphalt have grown up around these sites creating an urban heat island effect. I read recently a weather station in Los Angeles is being relocated to escape this factor. At least three stations in China are being moved because of recent, rapid urbanization surrounding them. If you read Steve McIntyre’s CLIMATE AUDIT blog you will find evidence that IPCC affiliated scientists are “adjusting” the historical climate record to conform with the UN’s vision.

9 posted on 06/02/2007 9:35:26 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I agree but how much is it warming?

I'm blanking on the name of the scientist that presented their findings. The presentation should still be on and if I locate it I will post it. But basically, she brings up the items you mention. My opinion is that the reporters covering the presentation all left after she said 'unequivocal' and that became the story.
10 posted on 06/02/2007 9:38:53 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Wolverine

I was informed, and so did my own research, that the Oregon Institute and the Petiton against GW seriously lack credibility.

11 posted on 06/02/2007 9:45:21 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: mountn man

Who confers credibility? The MSM?

12 posted on 06/02/2007 10:08:46 PM PDT by Royal Wulff
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To: EPW Comm Team

I do look forward to relishing the day when the true consensus will be about what a presumptive idiot Al Gore has been proven to be ....

But wait, isn’t he a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize? HA!

13 posted on 06/02/2007 10:52:07 PM PDT by JustTheTruth (Start Now to Replace RINO's)
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14 posted on 06/02/2007 11:23:05 PM PDT by Roberts
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To: Wolverine

Nice information at the link you provided.

15 posted on 06/03/2007 3:39:43 AM PDT by syriacus ("...had the US troops remained [in S. Korea in 1949], there would have been no [Korean] War")
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To: xcamel

This is a great piece.

16 posted on 06/03/2007 4:26:56 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: EPW Comm Team

Why not have these deniers do a “minority report” ?

17 posted on 06/03/2007 4:31:08 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: EPW Comm Team; OKSooner; honolulugal; Killing Time; Beowulf; Mr. Peabody; RW_Whacko; gruffwolf; ...

FReepmail me to get on or off

Click on POGW graphic for full GW rundown

New!!: Dr. John Ray's

Ping me if you find one I've missed.

18 posted on 06/03/2007 5:22:38 AM PDT by xcamel ("It's Thompson Time!")
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To: sourcery
From the "New findings indicate today's greenhouse gas levels not unusual"
"Stopping climate change" may be all the rage with celebrities and environmental lobbyists, but fortunately for the rest of us, the scare's scientific foundation is rapidly disintegrating. 
As though the lack of a scientific foundation ever stopped the Salem witch trials or Hitlerian eugenics or Communist purges of undesirable elements standing in the way of the New Society. As long as the global warming environmentalists are able to control government spending and regulatory agencies, the truth doesn't matter at all.
19 posted on 06/03/2007 5:38:43 AM PDT by aruanan
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Love it, love it, love it! Thanks for posting this!

20 posted on 06/03/2007 5:52:44 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Attrition through enforcement of the rule of law.)
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