Barack Obama claims 99.5% of scientists agree on global warming
Despite the fact that more and more scientists are beginning to question man-made global warming in the wake of the news that NASA has been changing historical global temperatures in order to hide the decline, the global warming alarmists continue to claim 97% of scientists believe global warming is a real problem. You would think that eventually the number would go down, but not Barack Obama.
Fresh off of his global warming summit Barack Obama made the claim that 99.5% of scientists believe global warming is a problem, here is more:
“Whoever is the next president of the United States, if they come in and they suggest somehow that that global consensus — not just 99.5% of scientists and experts, but 99% of world leaders — think this is really important, I think the president of the United States is going to need to think this is really important.”
First of all I think we need to take the notion that 99% of world leaders think this is a problem with a grain of salt. Who cares what they think because they are looking at this through a political prism and not through a scientific prism. They have an agenda that has nothing to do with saving the planet. I would love to know where Barack Obama came up with this new number all of a sudden, but of course he did not site a source he just threw that number out there.
While we are on the subject concerning the percentage of scientists who believe global warming is a problem I think we should take a moment to look at where the 97% number came in the first place. When we do this we find the number was flawed (purposely?) from the beginning.
The origin of the “97 percent” statistic has been traced back to a 2009 study by University of Illinois/Chicago graduate student Kendall Zimmerman, who sent a survey to 10,257 earth scientists asking them two questions:
“When compared with pre-1800s levels, do you think that mean global temperatures have generally risen, fallen, or remained relatively constant?” and
“Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?”
Eighty-two percent of the 3,146 scientists who completed the survey (a 30.7% response rate) answered “yes” to question 2.
So only 30.7% of the scientists who were surveyed bothered to answer the survey and of that 30.7% only 82% answered yes to the question of global warming being man-made, so where does the 97% number come from?
That figure included 75 of the 79 individuals (97.4%) who self-identified themselves as climate scientists.
The survey was sent to over 10,000 scientists and out of that group 79 of those who bothered to answer the survey identified themselves as climate scientists, and out of that number 75 of them said global warming was man-made. So it turns out for all the hoopla this whole notion that 97% of scientists believe global warming is man-made we are taking the word of 75 scientists out of a total of over 10,000 scientists.
The number was always fraudulent and now Barack Obama has increased the number in order to promote a crisis which does not exist so that it can be exploited for political purposes.
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