by Dr. Ed Berry, AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist
There is no consensus! This poll destroys the alarmist claim that 97 percent of scientists believe humans are the primary cause of global warming.
A poll conducted for the American Meteorological Society (AMS) of over 1800 responding meteorologists showed only 52 percent believed humans are the primary cause of global warming.
The study also revealed a strong correlation between scientists who believe in human-caused global warming and (a) their perceptions of a scientific consensus and (b) their liberal political ideology.
Thus many global warming believers derive their belief from (a) peer pressure and (b) their personal liberal ideology, rather than on their own critical scientific thinking.
Astronaut Physicist, Walter Cunningham of Apollo VII nailed it when he said:
“True believers in human-caused global warming cannot be reasoned out of their position, because it was not reason that got them there in the first place.”
The study concluded, quoting:
“Perceived scientific consensus was the factor most strongly associated with AMS members’ views about global warming. This suggests that scientists’ thinking on scientific topics may be subject to the same kinds of social normative influences that affect the general public. Rather than rationally weighing the evidence and deciding for themselves, as would be expected under more traditional ideas of scientific judgment, scientists may also use the views of a relevant peer group as a social cue for forming their own views.”
“Political ideology was the factor next most strongly associated with meteorologists’ views about global warming. This also goes against the idea of scientists’ opinions being entirely based on objective analysis of the evidence, and concurs with previous studies that have shown scientists’ opinions on topics to vary along with their political orientation.”