Thanks, Iowahawk — that tweet just about sums it up. As the Daily Caller reports, the climate change study from which President Obama and others have pulled their “97 percent of scientists agree” figure is more like 0.3 percent.
Climate scientist John Cook of the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute published the study showing that there was virtually no debate over man-made climate change.
But Cook’s 97 percent consensus claim was rebutted in subsequent analyses of his study. A paper by five leading climatologists published in the journal Science and Education last year found that Cook’s study misrepresented the views of most consensus scientists.
The definition Cook used to get his consensus was weak, the climatologists said. Only 41 out of the 11,944 published climate studies examined by Cook explicitly stated that mankind caused most of the warming since 1950 — meaning the actual consensus is 0.3 percent.
Climate skeptic blogger Brandon Schollenberger has a copy of the study, but the university has threatened to take legal action. “The school says it wants to protect the privacy of those surveyed in Cook’s research,” the Daily Caller reports.