"We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
"As scientists, we — along with our fellow citizens — are intensely interested in the possibility that human activities may affect the global climate; indeed, land clearing and urban growth have been changing local climates for centuries. Historically, climate has always been a factor in human affairs — with warmer periods, such as the medieval 'climate optimum', playing an important role in economic expansion and in the welfare of nations that depend primarily on agriculture. For these reasons we must always remain sensitive to activities that could affect future climate.
Attention has recently been focused on the increasing emission of 'greenhouse' gases into the atmosphere. International discussions by political leaders are currently underway that could constrain energy use and mandate reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Although we understand the motivation to eliminate what are perceived to be the driving forces behind a potential climate change, we believe this approach may be dangerously simplistic. Based on the evidence available to us, we cannot subscribe to the so-called 'scientific consensus' that envisages climate catastrophes and advocates hasty actions.
As the debate unfolds, it has become increasingly clear that — contrary to conventional wisdom — there does not exist today a general scientific consensus about the importance of greenhouse warming from rising levels of carbon dioxide. On the contrary, most scientists now accept the fact that actual observations from earth satellites show no climate warming whatsoever. And to match this fact, the mathematical climate models are becoming more realistic and are forecasting temperature increases that are only 30 percent of what was considered the 'best' value just four years ago.
We consider the Global Climate Treaty concluded in Rio de Janeiro at the 1992 'Earth Summit' to be unrealistic; its goal is stabilisation of atmospheric greenhouse gases, which requires that fuel use be cut by 60-80 percent worldwide! Energy is essential for all economic growth, and fossil fuels provide today's principal global energy source. In a world in which poverty is the greatest social pollutant, any restriction on energy use that inhibits economic growth should be viewed with caution. For this reason, we consider 'carbon taxes' and other drastic control policies — lacking credible support from the underlying science — to be ill-advised, premature, wrought with economic danger, and likely to be counterproductive."
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|Antarctica Temperature Variation 1966-2000
(C per decade)
|(The Alternative Energy wind power column is one pixel high. At the same scale, the Conventional Energy column should be 1427 pixels high. It's shown at only one third of that height)|
|ND = No Data. Records from stations like this in Russia and the former Soviet Union contain data that would be rejected in any other respectable field of scientific enquiry but find their way into databases that feed the IPCC|
|The spike in measured "global temperature" coincides with the shutdown of a significant portion of the world's measuring stations following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of them cold-weather stations. (Source: Ross McKitrick)|
|Solar Activity 1614-1990|
"There were always extreme, irrational and mystical elements within our movement, but they tended to be kept in their place during the early years. Then in the mid-Eighties the ultraleftists and extremists took over. After Greenham Common closed and the Berlin Wall came down these extremists were searching for a new cause and found it in environmentalism. The old agendas of class struggle and anti-corporatism are still there but now they are dressed up in environmental terminology."(Dr Patrick Moore, co-founder member of Greenpeace, May 2000)
"We have an environmental movement that is run by people who want to fight, not to win."(Dr Patrick Moore, co-founder member of Greenpeace, May 2000)
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary"(H.L. Mencken)
"No matter if the science is all phoney, there are collateral environmental benefits.... climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world."(Christine Stewart, Canadian Environment Minister, Calgary Herald 14 Dec 1998)
"The answer to global warming is in the abolition of private property and production for human need. A socialist world would place an enormous priority on alternative energy sources. This is what ecologically-minded socialists have been exploring for quite some time now."(Louis Proyect, Columbia University, 27 November 1997)
"The climate modelers have been cheating for so long it's almost become respectable"(Richard Kerr, discussing adjustments in climate models, Science 1997)
"the summary [for policy-makers, of IPCC Reports] is very much a children's exercise of what might possibly happen, prepared by a peculiar group with no technical competence."(Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology;
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences;
Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
and IPCC lead author)
"Efforts to link global change to coral reef degradation have continued without making any significant headway"(Clive Wilkinson, Coordinator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and ignored by John 'Snorkel' Prescott)
"Isotopic records show that solar activity today is similar to that of the medieval warm period of about 1000 years ago. Much of the decrease in irradiance appears to have been in the UVb range, and hence could have caused a cooling force through a total atmospheric ozone concentration decrease of about 4%. Values at the upper end of estimates for reduced irradiance could be enough to fully explain temperature trends over the last century."(Climate Change Newsletter, July 1997)
"Scientists who want to attract attention to themselves, who want to attract great funding to themselves, have to (find a) way to scare the public . . . and this you can achieve only by making things bigger and more dangerous than they really are."(Petr Chylek, Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, commenting on reports that Greenland's glaciers are melting. Halifax Chronicle-Herald, August 22, 2001)
"We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest."(Stephen Schneider, quoted by Dixy Lee Ray in 'Trashing the Planet', 1990)
"Climate treaty supporters tend to become apoplectic at anyone who dares suggest that the threat of global warming is theory, not established fact"(Wall Street Journal, 03 October 1997)
"Activists have learned to dismiss those whose argument they cannot counter by attacking their integrity, thereby warning off not only other researchers, but warning off other journalists not to cover those stories."(David Murray, in 'Media Coverage and Global Warming: Is There a Problem?' 1997)
"The data don't matter. We're not basing our recommendations [for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions] upon the data. We're basing them upon the climate models"(Chris Folland, UK Meteorological Office)
"The problem we are faced with is that the meteorological establishment and the global warming lobby research bodies which receive large funding are now apparently so corrupted by the largesse they receive that the scientists in them have sold their integrity."(Piers Corbyn, Weather Action bulletin, December 2000)
"A global climate treaty must be implemented even if there is no scientific evidence to back the [enhanced] greenhouse effect"(Richard Benedict, US Conservation Foundation)
"We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing"(Tim Wirth, former US Senator)
"All this concern with the effects of global warming is another manifestation of being politically correct"(Lord Young of Graffham, The Times, 28th Nov 2000)
"The trouble with this idea is that planting trees will not lead to the societal changes we want to achieve"(Kyoto Delegate, 05 December 1997)
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."(Winston Churchill)
"Plans to tax and penalise car use are leading Britain into a former Soviet-style regime"(Professor Garel Rhys, Head of Automotive Economics at Cardiff Business School, and Parliamentary Adviser on Trade and Industry)
"I now find that many environmental groups have drifted into self-serving cliques with narrow vision and rigid ideology. At the same time that business and government are embracing public participation and inclusiveness, many environmentalists are showing signs of elitism, left-wingism, and downright eco-fascism. The once politically centrist, science-based vision of environmentalism has been largely replaced with extremist rhetoric. Science and logic have been abandoned and the movement is often used to promote other causes such as class struggle and anti-corporatism. The public is left trying to figure out what is reasonable and what is not."(Dr Patrick Moore, on his Greenspirit website)
"The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans."Dr. Reed F. Noss, The Wildlands Project
"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about?"Maurice Strong, Head of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro