CV NEWS FEED // A coalition of more than 1,600 scientists released a declaration this week entitled “There is No Climate Emergency,” denouncing politically-driven narratives about “imminent” climate crises.
The World Climate Declaration (WCD)—now known as CLINTEL, is a global climate intelligence group dedicated to fostering an approach to climate change grounded in science. For the statement, CLINTEL brought together a diverse group of scientists from all over the world to combat erroneous popular opinions.
“Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming,” the statement reads, “while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures.”
For years, the left has wielded climate change as a political cudgel to push through its agenda.
The Biden administration made climate change a focal point of its policy initiatives from the outset, issuing an executive order in 2021 prioritizing actions to counteract the alleged climate crisis.
In July, the administration said in a press release that it had “secured over $50 billion” to fund climate change efforts throughout the country.
The Biden administration’s goal to eliminate fossil fuels as a form of energy in the US by 2035 will require billions of dollars to achieve, as 79% of total US energy production is sourced from fossil fuels.
Yet, criticizing the left’s climate science, the declaration said “To believe the outcome of a climate model is to believe what the model makers have put in.”
“Climate science has degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound self-critical science,” the statement added, “In the future, climate research must give significantly more emphasis to empirical science.”
The signers highlighted that “natural as well as anthropogenic factors” have led to warming, but that this is no surprise or cause for alarm, because “the earth’s climate has varied as long as the planet has existed, with natural cold and warm phases.”
In addition, the statement pointed out that the “world has warmed significantly less” than the exaggerated claims made by the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC), as well as climate activists such as Greta Thunberg.
Contesting the notion that CO2, which is “essential to all life on Earth”, is a negative effect of climate change, the statement added: “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.”
Furthermore, scientists who collaborated on the CLINTEL project said “there is no statistical evidence” to prove “global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent.”
Despite the general consensus that the fires in Maui were started by downed power lines, Hawaii Governor Josh Green was quick to blame the fires on global warming.
The Catholic Church has weighed in on the climate issue as well. Last week, Pope Francis announced his plans to write a second part to his environmental encyclical, Laudato Si.
Francis told reporters, “I am writing a second part to Laudato Si to bring it up to date with current problems.” In July, Francis called on world leaders to “do something more to limit polluting emissions,” at the end of an Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square.