Over 700 Scientists Ready to Take On Climate Change Deniers in Congress and Media
One of the more startling views in a litany of extreme beliefs being brought to DC by a new class of congress is stark climate change denial--that's right, 50% of the new folks in congress flat-out don't believe that global warming is a threat.
The usually placid scientific community--well, at least some of it-- is mad as heck, and over 700 of them have signed on to a still-evolving effort and campaign to get the good science in front of the eyes of the American people. This includes the 700-member American Geophysical Union establishing a presence at the next major UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun this winter to speak to the press.
Another group is even assembling a "rapid-response team" of 40 or so scientists willing to show up even on unwelcoming conservative news programs and present their findings as fact, not opinion.
"We did not form this to take a stance against climate change skeptics. However if a skeptical argument is put forward that doesn't agree with science, we will refute that," said John Abraham, the organizer of the "Rapid Response Team" and an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, according to Agence-France Presse.
"This is in response to a real disconnect between what is known in the scientific community and the consensus among the general public," he said. "Ninety-seven percent of top scientists are in agreement, but the public is split about 50-50."