Originally Posted by KC Fish
It seems to be a common belief that there is no scientific consensus on the subject of climate change.
This is unequivocally not true. There is debate about how fast the climate is changing, there is debate about how it is changing and how it will change, there is debate about how this will affect the Earth's ecosystems and there is debate about how much of it is caused by human beings.
There is almost complete consensus in the scientific community that the climate is changing, and that at least part of that is anthropogenic.
These numbers are from Dr. James Powell. In his own words, he "searched the Web of Science, an online science publication tool, for peer-reviewed scientific articles published between January first 1991 and November 9th 2012 that have the keyword phrases “global warming” or “global climate change.” The search produced 13,950 articles.
You can read his full article, references and methodology here:
These are peer-reviewed scientific articles too. Not bullshit political spin.
First of all, I don't think that's a common belief at all. The people who don't understand that climate is always changing aren't really relevant to this debate.
Your argument kind of eats itself into nothing. OK, there might be a few people out there who think the climate is fixed and they're clearly wrong. Very few climate change skeptics have ever tried to argue that. Winning the argument over whether the climate is changing is nothing if you don't know how much it's changing, what the implications of that change are, what we can do to control it, or how much it would cost us.
"Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused." - George Will