‘97% Of Climate Scientists Agree’ Is 100% Wrong


Perhaps the majority, of “climate change” supporters base their beliefs on the oft used, ‘97% Of Climate Scientists Agree’ , therefore it is appropriate to post this particular information article for their edification.

Most of the so-called “deniers”, (a substantially misleading term), are capable of understanding at least some of the science on which climate change decisions are being made, whereas the opposite applies to most of the “supporters”.

This excellent article explains clearly the fallacy of the “97% scientists ……………..”.

An interesting, included comment  is

” it was a no-brainer according to the two University of Illinois researchers who conducted it: {my bold emphasis}

“To maximize the response rate, the survey was designed to take less than 2 minutes to complete, and it was administered by a professional online survey site ( www.questionpro.com  ) that allowed one-time participation by those who received the invitation.””

Published by ‘Forbes’ : ref – https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2015/01/06/97-of-climate-scientists-agree-is-100-wrong/#2c2026863f9f

Energy & Environment

If you’ve ever expressed the least bit of skepticism about environmentalist calls for making the vast majority of fossil fuel use illegal, you’ve probably heard the smug response: “97% of climate scientists agree with climate change” — which always carries the implication: Who are you to challenge them?

The answer is: you are a thinking, independent individual–and you don’t go by polls, let alone second-hand accounts of polls; you go by facts, logic and explanation.

Here are two questions to ask anyone who pulls the 97% trick.

1. What exactly do the climate scientists agree on?

Usually, the person will have a very vague answer like “climate change is real.”

Which raises the question: What is that supposed to mean? That climate changes? That we have some impact? That we have a large impact? That we have a catastrophically large impact? That we have such a catastrophic impact that we shouldn’t use fossil fuels?

What you’ll find is that people don’t want to define what 97% agree on–because there is nothing remotely in the literature saying 97% agree we should ban most fossil fuel use.

It’s likely that 97% of people making the 97% claim have absolutely no idea where that number comes from.

If you look at the literature, the specific meaning of the 97% claim is: 97 percent of climate scientists agree that there is a global warming trend and that human beings are the main cause–that is, that we are over 50% responsible. The warming is a whopping 0.8 degrees over the past 150 years, a warming that has tapered off to essentially nothing in the last decade and a half.


Bottom line: What the 97% of climate scientists allegedly agree on is very mild and in no way justifies restricting the energy that billions need.

But it gets even worse. Because it turns out that 97% didn’t even say that.

Read it all here.

Also, more on this from WUWT which refers to another Forbes article, by Larry Bell.

About that overwhelming 97-98% number of scientists that say there is a climate consensus…

Larry Bell writes in his weekly Forbes column about that oft repeated but less than truthy “98% of all scientists” statistic. Supposedly, this was such an easy and quick to do survey, it was a no-brainer according to the two University of Illinois researchers who conducted it:

To maximize the response rate, the survey was designed to take less than 2 minutes to complete, and it was administered by a professional online survey site ( www.questionpro.com  ) that allowed one-time participation by those who received the invitation.

I think it is hilarious that so few people who cite this survey as “proof” of consensus actually look into the survey and the puny response numbers involved. So, I decided to graph the data to give some much needed perspective. Apparently, the majority of AGU members polled didn’t think this poll on climate change consensus was worth returning. – Anthony

So readers, and climate alarmists, please give this some serious thought.

About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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2 Responses to ‘97% Of Climate Scientists Agree’ Is 100% Wrong

  1. Just twigged to another failure to maintain credibility by the survey process –
    “by those who received the invitation”
    Hardly an impartial selection of participants.
    If this was not so globally important, it could be dismissed as a joke.
    Yet here we are, a world in turmoil financially and politically, because of lies and misinformation.
    The “whole world” brainwashed to distraction!

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