November 06 2012, Donald Trump Tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Now, President Trump has stacked his administration with officials who doubt the scientific consensus behind man-made climate change – even questioning carbon dioxide’s role as a “primary contributor” to a warming climate.
Unfortunately, this “distraction of ignorance” is bad for science and the public.
“I think it’s going to have a chilling effect on science overall because it’s going to elevate those scientists who are in the vast minority and give them a stage that, frankly, they don’t deserve,” said Christine Whitman, EPA Administrator for President George W. Bush.
Ninety-Seven Percent of Scientists Agree that Climate Change is very real
Of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is:
- Undeniably Real
- Problematic for the planet
- Caused by human activity.
OK, so what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions?
A review published in the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Climatology concluded those papers to be fundamentally flawed
Every single one of those analyses had an error—in their assumptions, methodology, or analysis—that, when corrected, brought their results into line with the scientific consensus.
There were three main errors in the papers denying climate change:
- Many had cherry-picked the results that conveniently supported their conclusion, while ignoring other context or records.
- Some applied inappropriate “curve-fitting”—in which they would step farther and farther away from data until the points matched the curve of their choosing.
- Other papers just ignored physics altogether.