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What? Scientists split on man’s effect on climate?

A recent Purdue University survey shows a much more even split among scientists on the global warming climate change issue.

Many of those in favor of swift (government) action to deal with climate change cite a “97% of scientists believe in human-caused climate change;” however, that statistic has been questioned. The Purdue poll may back up the skeptics.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

A Purdue University survey shows that the scientific community is split on the question of whether human activities are at the root of climate change, with just over 50 percent of scientists saying that climate change is happening and that it is “caused mostly by human activities.”

Rather than claiming 97 percent of scientists believe in man-made global warming, hopefully now some media outlets will revise that number closer to 50 percent.

The Purdue study was done to compare opinions on climate change from scientists, climatologists, and the agricultural industry. Only 53 percent of climatologists said that climate change is caused “mostly by human activities.”

Agricultural advisers and farmers were much more likely to say humans are not the primary driver of climate change.

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.