The Scientific Consensus That Didn't Exist
We all got fed up of hearing the two mantras of the global warming lobby a long time ago. To remind you, they were:
The science is settled.
Every respected scientist in the world supports the case for Anthropogenic Global Warming.
My friend and fellow member of the Really Awkward Buggars Union Graham Leah suspected this was not true as scientists scarcely agree on anything. So he did somne research on what respected scientists rather than government placemen media hacks have really been saying.
Bear in mind, we're talking here about real scientists doing independent research in climate and environment related fiedls, not self serving bureaucrats of the United Nations IPCC,the self serving academics intent only on keeping their piggy snouts in the trough of taxpayers' money or the empire building civil servants who just want bigger departments.
Dr Mike Hulme, a prominent climate scientist and UN-IPCC insider. NOT a sceptic of AGW to my knowledge
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change misled the press and public into believing that thousands of scientists backed its claims on manmade global warming, The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen” he states in a paper for Progress in Physical Geography.
“Claims such as ‘2,500 of the world’s leading scientists have reached a consensus that human activities are having a significant influence on the climate’ are disingenuous,” the paper states unambiguously, adding that they rendered “the IPCC vulnerable to outside criticism.”
Dr Benjamin Santer, author of the 2007 IPCC report chapter on the detection of greenhouse warming - NOT A SCEPTIC of AGW to my knowledge.
"It's unfortunate that many people read the media hype before they read the (IPCC report) chapter "on the detection of greenhouse warming." I think the caveats are there. We say quite clearly that few scientists would say that the attribution issue [man-made climate change] is a done deal.
Dr Richard Lindzen (Atmospheric Scientist) Professor at MIT UN-IPCC Lead Author
“The consensus was reached before the research had even begun.”
"It's not 2,500 people offering their consensus, I participated in that. Each person who is an author writes one or two pages in conjunction with someone else...but ultimately, it is written by representatives of governments, of environmental organizations like the Union of Concerned Scientists, and industrial organizations, each seeking their own benefit.”
Dr John Christy – Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Centre at the University of Alabama, Huntsville (also Alabama State Climatologist) UN IPCC Lead Author writes:
"I don't see a catastrophe developing from our emissions into the air of what should be correctly identified as ‘plant food.'"
“Scepticism, a hallmark of science, is frowned upon. (I suspect the IPCC bureaucracy cringes whenever I'm identified as an IPCC Lead Author}. The tendency to succumb to group-think and the herd-instinct (now formally called the "informational cascade") is perhaps as tempting among scientists as any group because we, by definition, must be the "ones who know" (from the Latin sciere, to know).”
Russia - Dr Yury Izrael, past UN IPCC Vice President, director of Global Climate and Ecology Institute, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
"There is no proven link between human activity and global warming.”
USA - Dr. Charles Wax, past president of the American Association of State Climatologists.
“First off, there isn't a consensus among scientists. Don't let anybody tell you there is.”