Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Global Warming Petition Project and Why it Goes Against the Research

By Krysta Daniels

What is Global Warming and why is there a need for a petition for it? According to, global warming is an increase in the earth's average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate and that may result from the greenhouse effect. Now what is with the petition? Well, there is a Global Warming Petition on Petition Project’s website advocating that there isn’t a such thing as this phenomenon everyone is talking about. The purpose of the Global Warming Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis.

Publicists at the United Nations, Al Gore, and their supporters frequently claim that only a few “skeptics” remain – skeptics who are still unconvinced about the existence of a catastrophic human-caused global warming emergency. The website reported, “It is evident that 31,486 Americans with university degrees in science – including 9,029 PhDs, are not "a few." Moreover, from the clear and strong petition statement that they have signed, it is evident that these 31,486 American scientists are not “skeptics.”

Although this petition is advocating that global warming is fictional, the Ne York Times article titled Global Warming states that our President Barack Obama also feels like something must be done with climate change. President Obama went to Copenhagen on December 18th to speak about this issue. Although a formal treaty could not be produced at the present time, leaders pledged to reach a placeholder accord that would call for educations in emissions and increase aid to help developing nations to adapt to a changing climate. If the President of the United States and other leaders around the world are discussing the importance of global warming awareness, it could not be fictional.

How is the petition circulated? Well it is primarily circulated by U. S. Postal Service mailing to scientists. Included in this mailing are the petition card, the letter from Frederick Seitz, the review article, and a return envelope. If a scientist wishes to sign, he fills out the petition and mails it to the project by first class mail.

Additionally, many petition signers obtain petition cards from their colleagues, who request these cards from the project. A scientist can also obtain a copy of the petition from this Internet website, sign, and mail it. Fewer than 5% of the current signatories obtained their petition in this way. Petition project volunteers evaluate each signers's credentials, verify signer identities, and, if appropriate, add the signer's name to the petition list.

Who is allowed to sign this petition? Are students like us allowed? Well according to the website signatories are approved for inclusion in the Petition Project list if they have obtained formal educational degrees at the level of Bachelor of Science or higher in appropriate scientific fields. The petition has been circulated only in the United States. All of the listed signers have formal educations in fields of specialization that suitably qualify them to evaluate the research data related to the petition statement. Many of the signers currently work in climatological, meteorological, atmospheric, environmental, geophysical, astronomical, and biological fields directly involved in the climate change controversy.

It is interesting to see the people signing this petition because they haven’t checked the facts on the internet or analyzed live data that says the climate is obviously changing and shifting. 2010 alone had the first time in history where every single state in the United States experienced snow falls. That has never happened before, has that happened on its own?

The Petition Project classifies petition signers on the basis of their formal academic training, claiming that scientists often pursue specialized fields of endeavor that are different from their formal education, but their underlying training can be applied to any scientific field in which they become interested.

This information about the petition is important to provide another side of global warming research going on today. Global warming is real, its happening, and we need to do something about it. But if there are people out there that feel like it isn’t, you can team up with this organization and get involved. I chose to stick with the facts and raw data and I believe that global warming is real and is a great explanation of all the environmental changes that have happened in the past few years.

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