A short but powerful open letter from “500 knowledgeable and experienced scientists and professionals in climate and related fields” to global warming alarmists declares boldly: “There is no climate emergency.” The signatories invite “a constructive high-level meeting between world-class scientists on both sides of the climate debate early in 2020.”
The letter was posted at the Climate Intelligence Foundation, or Clintel, founded in 2019 “to objectively report on climate change and climate policy.” According to their website (translated), “Clintel was founded by emeritus professor of geophysics Guus Berkhout and science journalist Marcel Crok.”
For those alarmists who consistently use bullying tactics to convince citizens that certain death is imminent unless we all stop eating meat and flying on airplanes, this invitation should be very welcome. After all, if they have the data to back up their alarmism, surely they could produce “world-class scientists” to make that case.
“The meeting,” the authors write, “will give effect to the sound and ancient principle no less of sound science than of natural justice that both sides should be fully and fairly heard.”
The climate experts reasonably suggest that “[S]cientists should openly address the uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real benefits as well as the imagined costs of adaptation to global warming, and the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of mitigation.”
The alarmists, of course, cannot defend their positions and will never submit to such public humiliation. Consider this OpEd from Lee McIntyre man-made global warming activist and author of “The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science From Denial, Fraud and Pseudoscience” last month, who advises fellow alarmists how not to act:
“One way not to defend science is to pretend it is perfect. The myth that science should rely on proof or certainty — or that there is some sort of ‘scientific method’ that even flawed human beings can follow to produce guaranteed results — is a view so harmful to scientific understanding that it only gives aid and comfort to its enemies. Science deniers love to exploit uncertainty and use it as a cudgel. Instead, I recommend that we embrace what is most distinctive about science, which is not its method or logic but instead one of its values: the ‘scientific attitude.’ [author emphasis]
Who needs certainly, after all?
There are some things grassroots activists can do to challenge alarmists to defend their outrageous proposals.
- Tweet to the recipients of the letter [ Sr. António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations and Ms. Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change] and respectfully ask them to provide delegates take part in the meeting proposed in the letter. Keep RAIR posted if you get a response!
- Share the letter on your social media platforms relentlessly. Ask your friends to support the Clintel’s efforts.
- Grab your phone and film yourself asking a climate activist if they would support an open and respectful debate among scientists on both sides of the man-made global warming issue. Send us your results at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Ask your local representatives if they would get behind the effort by asking them to advertise the letter on their social media platforms.
Here is an example of a tweet you can send:
Here is the entire letter:
23 September 2019
Sr. António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations,
United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017, United States of America.
Ms. Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Executive Secretary,
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,
UNFCCC Secretariat, UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1,
53113 Bonn, Germany
There is no climate emergency.
A global network of more than 500 knowledgeable and experienced scientists and professionals in climate and related fields have the honor to address to Your Excellencies the attached European Climate Declaration, for which the signatories to this letter are the national ambassadors.
The general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is at present founded are unfit for their purpose. Therefore, it is cruel as well as imprudent to advocate the squandering of trillions on the basis of results from such immature models. Current climate policies pointlessly, grievously undermine the economic system, putting lives at risk in countries denied access to affordable, continuous electrical power.
We urge you to follow a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation. We ask you to place the Declaration on the agenda of your imminent New York session.
We also invite you to organize with us a constructive high-level meeting between world-class scientists on both sides of the climate debate early in 2020. The meeting will give effect to the sound and ancient principle no less of sound science than of natural justice that both sides should be fully and fairly heard. Audiatur et altera pars!
Please let us know your thoughts about such a joint meeting.
Yours sincerely, ambassadors of the European Climate Declaration,
Professor Guus Berkhout – The Netherlands
Professor Richard Lindzen – USA
Professor Reynald Du Berger – French Canada
Professor Ingemar Nordin – Sweden
Terry Dunleavy – New Zealand
Jim O’Brien – Rep. of Ireland
Viv Forbes – Australia
Professor Alberto Prestininzi – Italy
Professor Jeffrey Foss – English Canada
Professor Benoît Rittaud – France
Morten Jødal – Norway
Professor Fritz Vahrenholt – Germany
Rob Lemeire – Belgium
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley – UK
There is no climate emergency
A global network of 500 scientists and professionals has prepared this urgent message. Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address the uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real benefits as well as the imagined costs of adaptation to global warming, and the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of mitigation.
Natural as well as anthropogenic factors cause warming
The geological archive reveals that Earth’s climate has varied as long as the planet has existed, with natural cold and warm phases. The Little Ice Age ended as recently as 1850. Therefore, it is no surprise that we now are experiencing a period of warming.
Warming is far slower than predicted
The world has warmed at less than half the originally-predicted rate, and at less than half the rate to be expected on the basis of net anthropogenic forcing and radiative imbalance. It tells us that we are far from understanding climate change.
Climate policy relies on inadequate models
Climate models have many shortcomings and are not remotely plausible as policy tools. Moreover, they most likely exaggerate the effect of greenhouse gases such as CO2. In addition, they ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial.
CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth
CO2 is not a pollutant. It is essential to all life on Earth. Photosynthesis is a blessing. More CO2 is beneficial for nature, greening the Earth: additional CO2 in the air has promoted growth in global plant biomass. It is also good for agriculture, increasing the yields of crop worldwide.
Global warming has not increased natural disasters
There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent. However, CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly. For instance, wind turbines kill birds and bats, and palm-oil plantations destroy the biodiversity of the rainforests.
Policy must respect scientific and economic realities
There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm. We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050. If better approaches emerge, and they certainly will, we have ample time to reflect and adapt. The aim of international policy should be to provide reliable and affordable energy at all times, and throughout the world.
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