From Modern Science (link)
One common fallacy is the appeal to authority, where you assume that just because someone is an "authority," that they have to be right. For example, "Pope Urban VIII said that Galileo's views were wrong, so since I trust the Pope I'm going to agree with the Pope and say that the universe is actually geocentric." Sometimes the flaw is that the "authority" isn't actually authoritative in the topic in question - the Pope isn't an astronomer, the President of the US isn't a meteorologist, etc.However, one would think that the various scientific bodies are authorities. But as, George and Ira Gershwin so succinctly put it:
Take the world's oldest Scientific body, The Royal Society. The Royal Society produced ‘Climate change Controversies - A simple Guide’. The document was issued by the Royal Society Council. However they failed to run this statement past its members and had to re-write the statement following a complaint by members.
The American Physical Society (APS) is the world's second largest organization of physicists,
behind the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
In 2007, the APS issued a statement supporting the AGW hoax, but many members said they didn't support the statement.
The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring.In November 2009, 80 current and past members of the American Physical Society presented a letter to the society specifically objecting to the society's position. A few days later, the APS Council overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to replace the climate change statement. On April 18, 2010, the APS reaffirmed the 2007 statement with commentary to provide further support. (link -Wiki)
This resulted in resignations from the society, including Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever. (link)
An independent survey of members of the American Physical Society found that:
Barely half of American Meteorological Society meteorologists believe global warming is occurring and humans are the primary cause.Now another brave scientist has come out and challenged a scientific body. Following yesterday's post on this blog of Daniel Nebert's Oregonian Opinion Piece, Science is never completely Irrefutable, today we publish Dan's letter to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.