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Is the AWG consensus really based on just 79 climate scientists opinions?

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posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 09:54 PM
I was reading google news earlier today and came upon a story about the 10 myths about climate change, another one of those articles calling skeptics "deniers" as is normally the case. I normally don't like to get into debates in comment sections but I couldn't help myself for some reason today. I started wondering the actual amount of scientists that believe in AGW vs those that don't and also what the actual numbers for their so-called consensus were. I came upon the site a lot of the pro-AGW guys who I like to call "truth deniers" kept sourcing their rebuttals to.

It is a site called skepticalscience and here is the link to the consensus:

Here is a link to the non peer reviewed article that they use to claim the consensus:

. In our survey, the most specialized and knowledgeable respondents (with regard to climate change) are those who listed climate science as their area of expertise and who also have published more than 50% of their recent peer-reviewed papers on the subject of climate change (79 individuals in total). Of these specialists, 96.2% (76 of 79) answered “risen” to question 1 and 97.4% (75 of 77) answered yes to question 2

I've been researching this for a long time and was pretty surprised that I had never came across this before, to me it is kind of like building 7 being the smoking gun on 9/11, not in that it proves AGW one way or the other but in the consensus or the logical fallacy appeal to authority that most people use to justify AGW and label everyone who is skeptical a moron or whatever other names they use.

Is this information correct and what do you guys think about it? Sorry if this has been covered before, I saw searched and saw a couple about the ICCP's BS consensus but none of them had numbers and they only had 0-1 or 2 responses.

posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 10:02 PM
reply to post by Autodidactic

Do you poop in your bed? The question is actually related to your post.

posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 10:11 PM
reply to post by theingloriousbasterd

I don't own a bed, I prefer a hammock.

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