The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Board of Directors has released the following official statement on the subject of global warming (it's a press release, so I can quote the entirety):
The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society. Accumulating data from across the globe reveal a wide array of effects: rapidly melting glaciers, destabilization of major ice sheets, increases in extreme weather, rising sea level, shifts in species ranges, and more. The pace of change and the evidence of harm have increased markedly over the last five years. The time to control greenhouse gas emissions is now.
The atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, a critical greenhouse gas, is higher than it has been for at least 650,000 years. The average temperature of the Earth is heading for levels not experienced for millions of years. Scientific predictions of the impacts of increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels and deforestation match observed changes. As expected, intensification of droughts, heat waves, floods, wildfires, and severe storms is occurring, with a mounting toll on vulnerable ecosystems and societies. These events are early warning signs of even more devastating damage to come, some of which will be irreversible.
Delaying action to address climate change will increase the environmental and societal consequences as well as the costs. The longer we wait to tackle climate change, the harder and more expensive the task will be.
History provides many examples of society confronting grave threats by mobilizing knowledge and promoting innovation. We need an aggressive research, development and deployment effort to transform the existing and future energy systems of the world away from technologies that emit greenhouse gases. Developing clean energy technologies will provide economic opportunities and ensure future energy supplies.
In addition to rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it is essential that we develop strategies to adapt to ongoing changes and make communities more resilient to future changes.
The growing torrent of information presents a clear message: we are already experiencing global climate change. It is time to muster the political will for concerted action. Stronger leadership at all levels is needed. The time is now. We must rise to the challenge. We owe this to future generations.
Pretty definitive, huh? According to Mother Jones, AAAS is "an international non-profit organization serving some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, and 10 million individuals. Its journal Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million. In other words, this is the real deal, people, as close to the Science Bible as it gets."
There are going to be a few people who will look at this and still prefer to believe that one guy on FOX News. But these are people no amount of evidence will ever convince. Like creationists and people who believe that we never landed on the moon, these are people who believe that truth is matter of choosing to believe. As long as a counterargument exists, no matter how unsound and ridiculous, they think there's still a legitimate debate and reality will change to accommadate the winner of that debate. They fail to recognize that the truth existed long before the debate began and no amount argument will force reality and history and fact into agreement with them. As long as John Stossel's authorative mustache looks into the lens and says, "Give me a break!" they'll believe what they choose to believe -- truth, fact, and reality be damned.
At this point, however, there's no reason to consider these people as anything other than ridiculous boobs, corporate stooges, or industry shills.