Source: On Albert Einstein by Stephen Hawking.
Notes: People who are dismissive of climate change, such as The Weather Channel founder John Coleman, like to say that "there are 30,000 of us. We have 30,000 scientists, 9,000 of which have PhD's, have now signed up to debunk global warming."
John Coleman is referring to the Oregon Petition. This petition was first organized in 1998 and then again in 2007 by Arthur B. Robinson, president of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, who lives in Cave Junction, Oregon.
The purpose of the petition is to obtain as many signatures as possible from opposing scientists to show human-caused climate change is not "settled science." The petition aimed to prove "an overwhelming scientific consensus is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists."
So far, the petition has over 31,000 signatures, only 9,000 with PhDs, and most are engineers, and only a very few climate scientists.
However, this petition is a very tiny molehill compared to every major scientific academy of the world, which all say that climate change is real and caused by humans.
Science historian, Naomi Oreskes points out on page 270 in her book Merchants of Doubt "the claims of our contrarians had already been vetted in the halls of science and failed to pass the test of peer review. At that point, their claims could not really be considered scientific, and our protagonists should have moved on to other things. In a sense, they were poor losers. The umpires had made their call, but our contrarians refused to accept it."
Albert Einstein also had stubborn contrarians who did not want to accept his theory of relativity. They even wrote a book, A Hundred Authors Against Einstein.
In response, Einstein shrugged off his critics, saying "If I were wrong, then one would be enough.
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