John Kerry’s Claim that 97% of “the World’s Scientists” Believe in Manmade Climate Change is a Lie

From the Wall Street Journal:

Last week Secretary of State John Kerry warned graduating students at Boston College of the “crippling consequences” of climate change. “Ninety-seven percent of the world’s scientists,” he added, “tell us this is urgent.”

Where did Mr. Kerry get the 97% figure? Perhaps from his boss, President Obama, who tweeted on May 16 that “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.” Or maybe from NASA, which posted (in more measured language) on its website, “Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities.”

Yet the assertion that 97% of scientists believe that climate change is a man-made, urgent problem is a fiction. The so-called consensus comes from a handful of surveys and abstract-counting exercises that have been contradicted by more reliable research.

If you believe anything this Administration says, you do so despite clear evidence in case after case after case after case that truth means absolutely nothing to these people, and that they will say *anything* in order to get their way.

Politicians have rarely been known as paragons of virtue, in recent times, but this group strains the ability of even a skeptic—it’s hard to believe someone could lie so often, so boldly, and without a hint of conscience.

Just as sad is that this also shows how many scientists are willing to sell their souls and the credibility of their entire profession for juicy research grants and continuing salaries.

This Wall Street Journal article does helps us wade through these particular lies. Here are a couple of things I found particularly helpful:

  • Surveys of meteorologists repeatedly find a majority oppose the alleged consensus. Only 39.5% of 1,854 American Meteorological Society members who responded to a survey in 2012 said man-made global warming is dangerous.
  • Of the various petitions on global warming circulated for signatures by scientists, the one by the Petition Project, a group of physicists and physical chemists based in La Jolla, Calif., has by far the most signatures—more than 31,000 (more than 9,000 with a Ph.D.). It was most recently published in 2009, and most signers were added or reaffirmed since 2007. The petition states 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.

Without trust, a culture is doomed. We must say “no” to liars like this in every future election–we must demand more, or we will pay an even heavier price in the future than we already have, and we will lose both our wealth and our freedom.