The recently released declaration by the Global Climate Intelligence Group (CLINTEL) emphasizes the need for depoliticizing climate science and promoting a more scientific approach to climate policies.
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CLINTEL is an autonomous foundation that focuses on climate change and climate policy. CLINTEL was established in 2019 by Guus Berkhout, an emeritus professor of geophysics, and Marcel Crok, a science journalist.
The declaration emphasizes the importance of scientists openly acknowledging uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming. Additionally, it highlights the need for politicians to objectively evaluate the actual costs and potential benefits of their policy measures.
Out of the 1,609 scientists who have endorsed the declaration, two of them are Nobel Prize laureates. Dr. John F. Clauser, the recipient of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics, is the latest signatory. According to CLINTEL, Clauser asserts that climate science has become misguided and has transformed into sensationalized pseudoscience. Pseudoscience has been unjustly blamed for various unrelated issues. It has been endorsed and expanded by various individuals and groups, including business marketing agents, politicians, journalists, government agencies, and environmentalists, who may have misguided perspectives.
The report that prompted the declaration presents a set of statements that question several commonly made claims about climate change. One frequently made claim is that the earth is approaching tipping points that will result in severe environmental consequences, such as rising sea levels, species extinction, and increased suffering in impoverished nations.
The mainstream media, including The New York Times, has consistently emphasized the urgent nature of the crisis, stating that Earth is expected to reach a crucial threshold for global warming in the next decade.
In 2009, Al Gore made a well-known prediction stating that the Arctic would become devoid of ice by the year 2013. According to Reuters, Gore later retracted his statement, clarifying that he was simply citing other scientific reports. Gore’s publication, “An Inconvenient Truth,” with the subtitle “The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It,” was released three years prior. The documentary film adaptation of the book generated a total of $24,146,161 in gross revenue during that particular year.
In 2018, Greta Thunberg, a prominent celebrity activist, expressed her concern about climate change on Twitter. She stated that, unless we discontinue the use of fossil fuels within the next five years, it could lead to the extinction of humanity. This tweet was made five years after Al Gore’s prediction about the potential catastrophic effects of climate change. According to the Highland County Press, the tweet was deleted.
John Kerry, the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate appointed by President Biden, recently addressed a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. During his speech, he highlighted that scientists, who have dedicated their careers to studying the human-induced climate crisis, expressed deep concern and fear regarding its severity. As someone stated definitively, we find ourselves in unfamiliar and unprecedented circumstances.
Kerry expressed concern that humanity is currently facing a grave threat from within, as certain individuals are persuading others to embrace a fabricated alternate reality that discourages action and apathy.
The signatories of the CLINTEL declaration argue that global warming is progressing at a slower pace than initially projected, and they express concerns about the reliance on insufficient models in shaping climate policies.
The CLINTEL declaration is timely, as there have been numerous claims linking recent natural disasters, such as the wildfires in Maui and Canada, global heatwaves, and other events, to climate change. The declaration refutes the common attribution of climate change as the sole cause of intensifying and more frequent natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts. It argues that there is no statistical evidence supporting this claim.
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President Biden and numerous global leaders are advocating for the ambitious goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. However, scientists argue that this objective is not only deemed “unrealistic,” but also potentially detrimental to the global economy.
The existence of a climate emergency is being questioned. Hence, there is no need for undue concern or distress. The paper expresses strong opposition to the net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050, deeming it harmful and unrealistic. Instead, the paper suggests prioritizing adaptation over mitigation.
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