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. Christopher The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, Peer of the Realm and Author of several reviewed papers on Climate; WCD Ambassador
2. Neils C. Arveschoug, Geophysicist, Private start-up Oil E&P Company
3. Andrew P. Barker, Biological Chemist
4. Paul Binns, Former Research Geoscientist and Climate Researcher
5. David Bodecott, Geologist/Geophysicist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
6. D.Q. Bowen, Emeritus Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Fellow International Union for Quaternary Research, Cardiff University
7. Michael Brown, Expert in Large Scale Thermal Fluid Dynamic Models
8. Brian R. Catt, Physicist, Electrical Engineer, Retired, publishing papers on Energy and Climate Change
9. John C.W. Cope, Professor of Geology, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
10. Richard Courtney, Retired Material Scientist, Expert Peer Reviewer of the IPCC
11. Peter Cunningham, Expert in Mathematical Modelling of Complex Physical Phenoma
12. Isabel Davies, Geophysicist and Entrepreneur
13. John Dewey, Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University College Oxford, Distinguished Emeritus Professor University of California, Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society
14. Howard Dewhirst FGS, Geologist, Initiator Open Letter to the Geological Society of London
15. Gregor Dixon FGS, Geologist, Former Member Geological Society of London
16. Roderick Paul Eaton, MBA FIET MCMI, Retired Consultant Energy Industry Analyst/Management Consultant
17. Peter Etherington-Smith, Geologist/Oceanographer, Coral Reef Researcher, MSc Petroleum Engineering (Imperial), life-time international experience in developing countries, retired from BG
18. Gil Gilchrist, Geophysicist
19. Peter Gill, Physicist, Ex Chair Institute of Physics Energy Group, Ex London Branch Chair & Fellow of EI
20. Mick Greenway, specialized in Research and Development of Flight Control Systems for Modern Civil and Military Aircraft, Retired Head of Research and Development within a Multi-Million-Dollar Company
21. Jimmy Haigh, Independent Geological Consultant
22. Tim Harper, Geomechanics Consultant and Researcher, previous Recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for Engineering Innovation
23. John Harrison, Former Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer
24. Robert Heath, Retired Geophysicist, Honorary member of the Indian Society of Petroleum Geologists
25. Alex Henney, Formerly London Electricity Board, Consultant on Electricity Matters
26. Roger Higgs, DPhil (Oxon), Independent Geological Consultant, Geoclastica Ltd.
27. Keith H. James PhD, Consultant Geologist
28. David A.L. Jenkins, Geologist, Director Hurricane Energy plc
29. Chris Jesshope, Emeritus Professor University of Amsterdam, Director Techne Consulting Ltd.
30. Roger Longstaff, Experimental Space Physicist and Company Director
31. CJ Matchatte-Downes, Geologist and Geochemist, particularly involved in studies about past Climates including Glaciation
32. Philip Mulholland, Geoscientist, Life time experience in the Geo-Energy Industry, co-author of the DAET climate model
33. Stuart Munro, Exploration Geologist and Geophysicist
34. Edward Nealon, Geologist Member of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy
35. Blair Nimmo, Electronic Engineer, working in Computer Networking and Optical Surface Metrology and Fibre Optics
36. Michael John Oates, Geologist, Lifetime Experience in the Geo-Energy Industry, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
37. Peter Owen FGS, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
38. Dennis Paterson, Geologist, Retired
39. Dr. James Petch, Physical Geographer, formerly Reader in Environmental Science at MMU and Head of Distributed Learning at the University of Manchester
40. Clive Randle, Geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
41. Michael J. Rath, Professional Forrester
42. Ceri Reid, Researcher, Engineer and Manager
43. Michael F. Ridd, Geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
44. Anthony Robb PhD, Retired Chemist
45. Richard Saumarez, Biomedical Engineer from Imperial College
46. Michael Seymour, Geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
47. Stephen Taylor PhD, Infra-Red Physicist and Tidal Hydrographer, MD Geomatix Ltd., Member of Inst. of Physics, Member of Inst. of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Associate Fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation, Member of the Hydrographic Society
48. Leslie Thomson, Retired Vice President Operations, BP Exploration, Aberdeen
49. Jay Willis, Marine Scientist, Associate of the OxNav Group of Oxford University
50. Valentina Zharkova, Professor of Mathematics and Astrophysics, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne