"97% of scientists say ..."
Overheard today in a local coffee shop:
Guy #1: This global warming thing? I don't believe it.
Guy #2: My friend said that 97% of all scientists support it. I said to him, 97% of all the scientists in the world? I want to see that list.
Guy #1: Well, it's an agenda of the government. And these scientists depend on government funding. They want their paychecks to keep coming, so of course they're going to say there's climate change.
These guys are not alone. Forbes has tried to debunk what they call the "97% trick."
Here's what the 97% refers to, according to NASA: "Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position."
-- Elise Yoder