The past 150 years show that affordable and reliable energy is key to financing basic needs, such as food, health, sanitation, housing, electricity, and education. The past 150 years also show that more CO2 is beneficial for nature, greening the Earth and increasing the yield of crops. Why do world leaders ignore these hard facts? Why do world leaders do the opposite with their ‘Green New Deal’ and lower the quality of life by forcing high-cost, dubious low-carbon energy technologies upon their citizens? To get it their way, fear is used but fear has never led to sensible policies.
A global network of critical scientists and engineers (CLINTEL) has prepared a simple message:
“There is no climate emergency.” Yes, climate change exists and must be addressed, but the network emphasizes that there is NO cause for panic and alarm. The CLINTEL scientists strongly oppose the misleading, unrealistic and destructive global net-zero CO2-policy (‘NetZero’). Instead, they promote climate adaptation policies that show a high benefit-cost ratio.
Being concrete, scientific organizations should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while governments should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures. It is being summarized in CLINTEL’s World Climate Declaration (WCD), consisting of seven fundamental statements. The WCD formulates a strong wake-up call for scientific organizations and world leaders and it functions as an inspirational guidance for the young.
Continue reading: World Climate Declaration by Guus Berkhout.