Nov 30 2009

If you’re a scientist, consider signing the petition

Category: global warmingharmonicminer @ 9:30 am

In the light of recent disclosures about global warming data being faked, deliberately misinterpreted, suspiciously “lost” and so on, maybe this is a good time to point out to any scientists reading here that there is a Global Warming Petition Project.

The purpose of the Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis.

Publicists at the United Nations, Mr. Al Gore, and their supporters frequently claim that only a few “skeptics” remain – skeptics who are still unconvinced about the existence of a catastrophic human-caused global warming emergency.

It is evident that 31,486 Americans with university degrees in science – including 9,029 PhDs, are not “a few.” Moreover, from the clear and strong petition statement that they have signed, it is evident that these 31,486 American scientists are not “skeptics.”

These scientists are instead convinced that the human-caused global warming hypothesis is without scientific validity and that government action on the basis of this hypothesis would unnecessarily and counterproductively damage both human prosperity and the natural environment of the Earth.

Here is a sample of the petition:

Yes, that’s the signature of Edward Teller, “father of the thermonuclear bomb,” who, regardless of what you may think about his participation in the creation of the H-Bomb, was certainly no slouch as a scientist. He knew how to read scientific literature, and how to interpret data.  And he thought the entire global warming eco-panic crowd were perpetrating a giant scam, though not all knowingly.  Some were merely duped, in his view.

There is an article on Wikipedia that reports “investigations” of the petition and its signers.  One would wish such diligence might be applied to verifying the bona fides of the data being used to convince politicians that global warming is a cause for panic.  However, note carefully, the Wikipedia expose draws conclusions from quite small samples of the signatures….  almost as if the investigators are afraid of what they will find if they look carefully, instead of casually.

And then there are these folks