12 May 2011
The Greatest Scientific Myth in America
Posted by Dan Satterfield
Without doubt the greatest myth about science in America, is the incorrect belief that the science community is divided over whether climate change is occurring.
It’s simply not true.
There have been two peer reviewed studies on the matter that came up with nearly the same identical result. 97% of those actively publishing in the peer reviewed journals are convinced that greenhouse gases are warming the planet. John Cook at Skeptical Science has one of those images that is worth a thousand words and his post is a must read.
I’ve read somewhere that about 5% of physicists have serious doubt that we really landed on the Moon. In both cases, science has moved on because the evidence is overwhelming. There was not a magic moment when it occurred, it is different with each person, but without doubt, it has.
And what are the odds that the one percent who REALLY believes human activity is not causing AGW is on the payroll of one or the other of the oil companies? Or am I just being sarcastic – again?
Bad Wolf: that study has also been done (though not peer reviewed). The answer is about 90% or so.
Yes, Naomi Oreskes’s book has the details on how the same folks who denied smoking caused cancer are behind the denial of climate change. Her book is exc. and well researched.