There is no climate emergency
A global network of 900 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 uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures.
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 significantly less than predicted by IPCC on the basis of modeled anthropogenic forcing. The gap between the real world and the modeled world 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 global policy tools. They blow up 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 crops 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, there is ample evidence that CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly.
Climate 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 re-adapt. The aim of global policy should be ‘prosperity for all’ by providing reliable and affordable energy at all times. In a prosperous society men and women are well educated, birthrates are low and people care about their environment.
1. Jim O’Brien, Founder of the Irish Climate Science Forum, Expert Reviewer of IPCC AR6; WCD Ambassador
2. Tom Baldwin, Electrical Engineer, specialist in Power System Security
3. Tony J. Carey, BA (Natural Sciences), Clare College, Cambridge
4. David Horgan, MA (Cambridge), MBA (Harvard), Resource Company Director
5. Seamus Hughes, BAgricSc, Specialist in Genetics
6. Mark Gerard Keenan, Former Science Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change, U.K., Former Environmental Affairs Officer, United Nations Environment Division, Geneva, Switzerland
7. Ultan Murphy, BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Industry Science Professional
8. Owen O’Brien, Business Founder and Entrepreneur, MBA, DBA
9. Patrick L O’Brien, MSc, MPhil, Senior International Environmental Consultant
10. Donal O’Callaghan, electrical engineer, retired food industry research scientist
11. J. Phillip O’Kane, Emeritus Professor, School of Engineering, University College Cork
12. Peter O’Neill, Retired, School of Engineering, University College Dublin, Expert Reviewer of IPCC AR6
13. Fintan Ryan, Retired Senior Airline Captain, Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society
14. Christian Schaffalitzky, FIMMM, Founder Institute of Geologists of Ireland, EurGeol
15. Brian N. Sweeney, Founding Chairman of Science Foundation Ireland
16. Sean Tangney, Business Entrepreneur, Former Technical Director, CRH plc
17. David Thompson, BAgricSc, MA, Animal Nutritionist
18. Edward Walsh, Former Chairman, Irish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Former Director Energy Research Group, Virginia Tech, USA