There have been many statements about the scientific consensus that global warming exists and is caused by the CO2 emissions released by the burning of fossil fuels. The most amusing statement is that most scientists that publish research on climate change, believe in climate change. That would be like saying that most preachers of a particular religion, believe in that religion. Especially since most jobs in the study of climate change, require proven belief (Position #F9452z) in climate change. Of course they are not the only scientifically trained people in the world. What about the engineers, meteorologists and other scientists that deal with the practical side of science and weather on a daily basis. What exactly do they believe when it comes to global warming?
The Meteorologists on the local weather channels are the people in the front line in communicating weather and climate information to the public. This is a group that monitors weather on a daily basis. A very important part of their job is to make their presentations interesting. They often do this by putting the weather into perspective. An Indian Summer in November will bring out information from the past events that are like this. These are the people that pour over the historical data for each location across the country and around the world. These are the ones that will tell you the last time it snowed on Christmas in Atlanta, Georgia.
If the climate was changing, these are the people that would be seeing it. They certainly pay more attention to weather than most people (perhaps skeptical bloggers are the only ones that pay more attention than they do). A study by George Mason University (the same one hiring for a new position above for some reason) found that 31% of Meteorologists believe that global warming is caused by human activities. Almost an equal percent (27%) consider the whole thing a scam. Most of them agree that the Earth has warmed in the recent past, but 63% believe that the what is happening in the Earth’s climate is natural variation.
That is an astonishing number. 63% of the Meteorologists in United States believe that nothing unnatural is happening with the Earth’s climate. This is a group that describes itself (93%) fairly to well informed on the topic of global warming. They understand the theory and the consequences of the theory, but only 31% of them believe that mankind is causing anything to happen. Almost all of them have been asked by the public about global warming. It is a fascinating comparison to the statistics that are trotted out by the warmists.
Here is a list of some interesting results from the poll that was published last March.
Only 12% feel that only one side of the debate should be told.
76% say they are not sure or have not seen evidence of warming in the local weather.
90% had spent time thinking about global warming.
42% believe that humans cannot change the Earth’s climate
73% say that new information could cause them to change their view
That last is important. Any scientist should be open to new information. That 73% of Meteorologists remain open minded to changing their view is an indication that they are being scientific about the ideas of global warming.
Engineers, Physicists and Others
I also wanted to add polling data about engineers and other types of scientific professionals and their views of global warming. Part of this is because I found an interesting statement (#14) in a warmist forum that was trashing Dr. Spencer and his UAH adjustment. The statement is:
I feel sorry for ‘ol Roy these days, I used to call him an outright denier at one point but now I just think he’s the last holdout.
When Roy jumps so too will the rest of the science-side skeptics. (The engineer side will remain skeptical forever.)
Certainly in my experience I have found very few engineers that believe in global warming (most of them comment on my site if you are curious). I could not find any polling data about engineers and global warming. That surprised me a bit. Considering how many polls are done about this topic I was certain I would be able to find one, but not luck. I found plenty of sites that had lists of scientists and engineers that had made strong skeptical statements about global warming, but no poll data. So I sent a letter out to some professional polling companies in hope of them generating one. If I hear back, you can be sure that I will post more about this.