The Oregon Petition against climate alarmism has been signed by 31,000+ scientists and experts in the natural sciences, including more than 9,000 PhD holders, and all signatures have been verified (possibly with a couple of errors). Spicy allegations about petition distribution, signing, and the verification procedures spread by the enviros, leftists, Google, and the former mainstream media, are false. The following email from Dr. Art Robinson is published here with his permission.
Almost all of the signatures were collected in a period of two months in 1998 and again in 2007. All communication was by First Class mail to the potential signers. They signed the petition card, wrote in their credentials, and returned the card by first class mail – their stamp.
All of the solicitations were mailed simultaneously. As soon as they were mailed, articles appeared in scientific publications urging people not to sign. Since we mailed all simultaneously and kept each project secret until mailed, these articles caused little harm.
In 2007, the 31,000+ signers were additionally vetted by a team of volunteers because the enviros tried many times to put on false names. All were prevented. There has never been a false name found on that list.
In 1998, one false name was placed on the petition through a forgery by Ozone Action (now Greenpeace USA). It was removed as soon as found. The enviros have bragged about this endlessly and claim other false names. There are none. They just lie.
Several of their claims involve name similarities. For example, Perry Mason is on the list. He is a PhD chemist. In a list this large, similarities occur by chance.
While new signers have been accepted by filling out and mailing in the form on the web site, none of these are ever put on a public listing. The reason is that our team of vetting volunteers ended their work after the signatures drifted down. We have had no later system of vetting and do not want a single false name.
Occasionally, less than once per year, we receive a complaint from someone who claims that they did not sign and are listed. We have image files of all correspondence and envelopes and good records of all else, plus all originals. In every case, these complaints have been resolved in our favor. (A few people apparently forget they signed and then are probably pressured about signing.) At any signer’s request, we delete their name from the public list. About 10 names have been deleted.
So, our internal list has all signers. The publicized list has about 2% fewer because we do not list any except the initial signers.
Dr. Art Robinson responds to the petition defamers.
A funny part: Art demonstrates the “qualifications” of Al Gore supporters:
Alanis Morissette, High School Diploma
Bill Maher, B.A. English (no science degree)
Bono (Paul Hewson), High School Diploma
Daryl Hanna, B.F.A. Theater (no science degree)
Ed Begley Jr., High School Diploma
Jackson Browne, High School Diploma
Jon Bon Jovi (John Bongiovi), High School Diploma
Paris Hilton, High School Dropout