Great WUWT moments in 97% 'beliefs'
Anthony Watts and his followers are up in arms. They deny science and won't accept the consensus. Cook et al (2013) found 97% scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming.
It's got to Anthony so much that he's telling outright lies. Now he's put up a 'funny' asking his readers to add to his list of 97%. He's called his article: Friday Funny – great moments in 97% beliefs
My contribution to WUWT's "great (ahem) moments"
Here's my contribution, taken from Anthony's own website. At the time he was protesting another piece of research: 'An anatomy of the motivated rejection of science'. He took a poll of his readers, with twofold ironic symmetry.
Cook et al (2013) found that of 4,014 scientific abstracts that took a position on the cause of global warming, 3,896 papers or 97.1% attribute global warming to humans, 78 or 1.9% disputed that and 40 or 1.0% indicated the cause was 'uncertain'. It turned out that the 97.1% represented 98.4 % of authors of those scientific papers who, based on the irrefutable evidence, attribute global warming to human activity.
Remember those numbers: 97.1% and 98.4%.
Now look at the results of Anthony's poll from a snapshot I took at the time:
Another 97% - how WUWT is upside down and back to front
97.01% of Anthony's readers reject AGW and declare themselves as 'skeptics' (climate science deniers' euphemism for rejection of climate science) and did not participate. Add to that those who did take part and say they are 'skeptics' and you get 98.4%.
Now add the WUWT respondents who declare they accept that human activity is driving global warming and you get 1.6%. Not that far from the percentage of the 4,014 papers that took a position and disputed the cause of global warming - 1.9%.
- 98.4% experts find humans are causing global warming
- 98.4% Wattsonians reject human-induced global warming