Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Concensus Among Scientists

A friend suggested i write some posts exposing the "there's no global warming" junk that floats around the internet. So i'll start with the Petition Project - a petition allegedly signed by 31,000 'scientists' opposing efforts to combat climate change.

Ignoring the loose definition of 'scientist' (link), Exxon's involvement and a deceptive petition method (link) there's another point - best made by the people at Information is Beautiful.

31,000 sounds like a lot until you find that the US alone contains 12,944,000 scientists. Then 31,000 becomes 0.24% (or 1 in 400). For me that's close enough to concensus. Or at least as close as humans will ever get.

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