There is no climate emergency
A global network of 1400 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 at less than half the rate predicted by IPCC on the basis of modeled 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 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. Rosemary Falcon, Emeritus Professor Clean Coal Technology Research Group at the University of Witwatersrand, Director Fossil Fuel Foundation
2. Dennis Shaun Garisch BSc (Civil) Eng, Professional Engineer registered with Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), over 30 years of practice, inclusive of many storm water management designs
3. Dr Hans Hofmann-Reinecke, nuclear physicist, author of several books “Grün und Dumm”, articles an videos on global warming and alternative energies for the general public
4. Rob Jeffrey, Economic Risk Consultant: Senior Economist and Managing Consultant, leading expert in energy and electricity
5. Kelvin Kemm PhD, Nuclear Physicist, CEO Nuclear Africa, Pretoria
6. Dr. John Ledger PhD, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Energy and Environmental Consultant, Consulting Editor, Freelance Writer, Editor and Lecturer
7. Prof. Richard Meissner, Associate Professor, Department of Political Sciences, University of South Africa
8. Don Mingay, Retired Professor of Nuclear Physics
9. Dr. Henrique J.S. de Barros Pinheiro, Geologist, Invited Associate Professor, Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal
10. Professor Martin R. Sharpe, PhD from University of Exeter, retired Geologist, Geochemist, Analyst and Field Mapper at University of Pretoria, Founder of geological consulting and exploration companies in Southern Africa