Claims that climate change caused by human activity ‘fake science’ ‘fake news’
Tens of thousands of scientists sign petition urging United States government to reject the Kyoto warming Protocol.
Proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder advances in science and technology, damage the health and welfare of mankind.
Sligo News File.
As the government prepares to roll out punishing taxes to curb man-made carbon emissions experts across the world are debunking claims that human activity has any part in climate change
In the United States alone upwards of 32,000 scientists, including more than 9,000 with PhDs, have signed a petition pressing the government to reject the Kyoto warming agreement and ‘other similar proposals.’
The Kyoto Protocol, which was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997 and subsequently raised to the level of an international treaty, extends the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It commits governments, including Ireland, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, based on what is described as “the scientific consensus that (part one) global warming is occurring and (part two) it is extremely likely that human-made CO2 emissions have predominantly caused it.” The Protocol entered into force in
However, Kyoto has gone down like a lead balloon with many top American climate experts. The petition, which 31,487 scientists have signed to date states that there is no convincing scientific evidence whatsoever for “anthropogenic (man-made) climate change.” Indeed, it is even asserted that proposed limits on greenhouse gases would actually be harmful.
The Petition states:
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, and other greenhouse gases 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.
So, can the thousands of signatories to the Petition all be wrong? Are the thousands of other scientists outside of the United States and throughout the world who take a more or less similar line also wrong?
As what is widely believed to be hysterical commentary about man-made climate change and climate crisis is being scaled up, not least in Ireland, a leading expert in the field has lashed claims of a climate crisis as “fake news” and “fake science”, a finding which should be of particular interest to Ireland’s farmers. “The whole climate crisis, as they call it is not only fake news, it’s fake science,” said Professor Patrick Moore, a Canadian, in a TV interview with Fox and Friends. The former founder of Greenpeace, with a PhD from the University of British Columbia, went on to insist that “there is no climate crisis.” He said he and other scientists believed that carbon dioxide, far from being a threat, is entirely beneficial to the environment, to agriculture, forestry and to the “climate of the earth. It is the main building block of all life.
Agreeing that “climate change is real”, Dr. Moore, however, emphasised that climate change has been happening “since the beginning of time.” It’s not dangerous, he said, and
“it’s not made by people. Climate change is a perfectly natural phenomenon. The modern warm period actually began about 300 years ago when the Little Ice Age began to come to an end. There is nothing to be afraid of…” Most of the scientists who are saying it’s a crisis are, he alleged, “on perpetual government grants.”
Banning fossil fuels would be catastrophic. Agricultural production would, he said collapse in a very short period, noting that tractors and other machinery on farms use fossil fuels. He said that millions replied to a recent tweet in which he had mentioned that administrations didn’t have a plan to feed eight billion people without fossil fuels to get food into cities. He said: That would require large trucks “and there’s not going to be any electrical trucks anytime soon” to haul 40 tons of food into the supermarkets”. People would very soon begin to starve or die.
He stressed: “If the Paris agreement came into effect fully all around the world, and everybody banned fossil fuels there wouldn’t be a tree left on this planet because that would be all there was for fuel for heating and cooking.”
Dr. Moore was awarded an honorary doctorate by the North Carolina State University in 2005 for his outstanding contribution to science and the environment.
The United States is among a number of countries that have refused to ratify Kyoto; Canada has withdrawn from the accord. Unlike the positions taken by the US and Canada, Ireland ratified the agreement in 2002. A report by the Irish Times in 2002 quoted then Fianna Fail minister for the Environment Noel Dempsey as saying that he had helped to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol in December 1997, describing it as “an historic breakthrough at the time…” Ratification means the country is now at risk of massive penalties for
any failure to comply with CO2 emission dictates as imposed by the Protocol.
Currently, pressure to increase carbon levies and restrictions on agriculture is growing virtually by the day. Additionally, a recently published report by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action has recommended massive carbon tax increases in the cost of heating fuel, peat, coal, gas, oil, petrol, diesel, and all other products emitting CO2 when burned, a measure which have a major cost of living impact on rural dwellers. The purpose of the taxes is simply to force the people to cease using carbon or fossil fuels in the home, farm or business. The carbon taxes as applied at present raise €440 million per annum for the government, the entire proceeds of which go straight into the Central Fund as part of the Exchequer revenue.
Members of the Joint Committee on Climate action include:
Hildegarde Naughton – Chairwoman – Fine Gael.
Mary Butler, Fianna Fáil.
Jack Chambers, Fianna Fáil.
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Fine Gael.
Pat Deering, Fine Gael.
Timmy Dooley, Fianna Fáil.
Martin Heydon, Fine Gael.
John Lahart, Fianna Fáil.
Imelda Munster, Sinn Féin.
Tom Neville, Fine Gael.
Carol Nolan, Independent.
Thomas Pringle, Independent.
Eamon Ryan, Green Party.
Seán Sherlock, Labour Party.
Bríd Smith, Solidarity – People Before Profit.
Brian Stanley, Sinn Féin.
Paul Daly, Fianna Fáil.
Máire Devine, Sinn Féin.
Tim Lombard, Fine Gael.
Ian Marshall, Independent.
Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael.
Grace O’Sullivan, Green Party.