One of the memes I’ve heard recently in the climate debate is that there is no scientific consensus — that there is actually strong disagreement.
The main basis of this argument is that 31,486 dissenting scientists have signed a petition against the belief that Global Warming is man made at the PetitionProject.org.
I don’t want to debate climate change; rather, I want to look at that argument to see if there are any statistical flaws in it.
My problem is whenever anyone uses a single, out of context, data point. What does this number actually mean? Is 31,486 alot or a little? How many scientists are there in the US? etc.
I heard this argument the other day, and went hunting down a visual way to express it, and found this via Information is Beautiful:
This does not resolve the debate — there are more variations (Climate Change: A Consensus Among Scientists?) — at but it demonstrates an obvious flaw in the “dissenting scientist” argument.
Here is the breakdown of skeptics, by field:
Interesting stuff . . .
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.