Canada's National Post features a must-read series on climate change. Put simply, Al Gore's "consensus" on anthropogenic warming is as controversial among scientists as the big-bang theory:
Financial Post: They call this a consensus?
|"Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled."|
So said Al Gore ... in 1992. Amazingly, he made his claims despite much evidence of their falsity. A Gallup poll at the time reported that 53% of scientists actively involved in global climate research did not believe global warming had occurred; 30% weren't sure; and only 17% believed global warming had begun. Even a Greenpeace poll showed 47% of climatologists didn't think a runaway greenhouse effect was imminent; only 36% thought it possible and a mere 13% thought it probable.
Today, Al Gore is making the same claims of a scientific consensus, as do the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and hundreds of government agencies and environmental groups around the world. But the claims of a scientific consensus remain unsubstantiated...