Group still claims “scientific consensus” on AGW
Here’s their opening statement (last revised in March of this year):
Scientific societies and scientists have released statements and studies showing the growing consensus on climate change science. A common objection to taking action to reduce our heat-trapping emissions has been uncertainty within the scientific community on whether or not global warming is happening and if it is caused by humans. However, there is now an overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is indeed happening and humans are contributing to it. Below are links to documents and statements attesting to this consensus.
Of course it is the “Union of Concerned Scientists”, so you have to understand that this is coming from an advocacy group which cloaks itself in science, but was originally formed in the late ‘60s at MIT to oppose the Vietnam war. Their political agenda is well known. And, after viewing what can only be considered a rather interesting statement (for supposed “scientists”) you get to their links – the links which supposedly support their statement.
Except they’re mostly ancient statements, some dating back to 2003. In fact, the most recent I can find is October of 2009 when the scandal of “hide the decline” was still a month away. The American Meteorological Society’s statement is from 2007. The US National Academy of Science statement is from 2005.
Seems to me, in light of what happened since 2005, it might be appropriate to ask the USNAS if it still holds those beliefs – because since 2005 the whole hoax has fallen apart.
Apparently the UCS dropped out of the fact finding part of this a few years ago and has just decided to adamantly maintain that AGW is the problem, Al Gore said it, they believe him and that ends the discussion (why, that sounds like a religion, doesn’t it?).
Heh … “scientists”. Imagine “scientists” talking about consensus rather than proof. Imagine “scientists” ignoring contrary facts.
They ought to change their name – see if “Union of Concerned Propagandists” is taken.