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3:43 PM Mon, Dec. 10th

Letter: Climate change

EDITOR:

Over 31,000 scientists signed the “Petition Project” stating that “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of … carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.” Responding to allegations by opponents, organizers of the project found that some were names submitted by environmental activists attempting to discredit the petition. So they painstakingly reconfirmed the authenticity of the names and published a complete director in 2009 in an appendix to “Climate Change Reconsidered: Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPPC)” (Idso and Singer). Who is misrepresenting the facts here? The charge that all these 31,000 scientists with over 9,000 Ph.D.s are somehow in cahoots with the oil industry is obviously ridiculous.

Before the Petition Project, there was the “Heidelberg Appeal” (Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit) with 4,000 signers, including 72 Nobel Prize winners in science. In fact, the Petition Project is just one of many similar surveys of actual scientists, including Senate investigation reports. A 2013 survey of geoscientists and engineers reported in the peer-reviewed Organizational Studies (http://oss.sagepub.com/content/33/11/1477.full) found that only 36 percent believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis.

What has been proven is that of the 2,500 “scientists” the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 claims as the consensus of scientists supporting their view that man-made CO2 is causing climate change, only 308 are scientists at all (the rest included politicians, bureaucrats, social workers and a hotel manager). Of that 308, less than 40 were generally supportive of their supposed findings and less than five actually endorsed the report. Nevertheless, it was reported by the media as the consensus of thousands of scientists. (See http://www.newswithviews.com/Coffman/mike112.htm.) For more, go to reality-based-faith.com.

J. Mike Byrd

Retired aerospace engineer, business owner and math teacher

Prescott