Santorum: UN Climate Head Debunked Widely Cited 97% Climate Change Consensus Figure

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U.S. presidential hopeful Rick Santorum doubled his skepticism on manmade climate change. M. Santorum was appearing on Real Time, a HBO show hosted by Bill Mayer. When supporting his point the presidential aspirant made two claims.

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He first echoed a study by climate scientists that “57 percent don’t agree with the idea that 95 percent of the change in the climate is caused by CO2.” Secondly he said that there is a figure of consensus, 97 percent, debunked the head of the UNIPCC, United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

There has been anxiety as more are looking into Santorum’s claims. Climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri said, “By overwhelming consensus, the scientific community agrees that climate change is real.” He said this at a past event. Santorum is likely to have referred to Richard Tol who is an economist at the University of Sussex and has been a critic of the 97 percent figure.

Another study which the presidential aspirant is also likely to have relied on was a 2009 survey conducted by the professor of science at the Louisiana State University. The study concluded that 90 percent of more than 3000 surveyed scientist said they are certain climate change is happening and another 82 percent affirmed that human activity is causing the climate change.