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Govt Ignores Science in Rush to Ratify Paris Climate Accord

Govt Ignores Science in Rush to Ratify Paris Climate Accord

New Zealand's rush to sign the Paris Climate Change Accord ignores science and will damage the economy, according to the chairman of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, Hon Barry Brill, himself a former Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Energy in a National Government.

“The claimed objective of the accord is to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide that, it is claimed, cause rapid and dangerous global warming,” said Mr Brill. “The problem is that the world has not warmed as predicted by the climate models that the UN IPCC and the Paris Accord rely on to predict future temperatures. In most areas of science, if the model doesn't fit the evidence, you discard the model. The Government’s climate advisers, it seems, choose to ignore the evidence.

“There can be no doubt world has not warmed significantly for the last 18 years. In fact, the IPCC itself admits that 111 of 114 computer predictions overestimated the temperature. 2015 was, according to some records, marginally warmer than 1998 – both were El Niño years. There is no sign of rapid dangerous man-made global warming in that! This El Niño will, almost certainly, be followed by a La Nina that will cause global cooling.

“Experts who study the sunspot cycles and other climate cycles predict serious global cooling. This is something the government should be taking seriously. History tells us that that cooling brings famine, disease and war. Previous warm periods brought prosperity.

“The government also ignores the fact that carbon dioxide is ‘the gas of life’. The recent increase has stimulated plant growth, brought trillions of dollars of benefit to agriculture worldwide and reduced desertification. The benefits to New Zealand are huge.

“If the Government chose to look at the science, rather than blindly following biased advice from people whose careers, reputations and funding depend on them continuing to support the myth of dangerous man-made global warming, it would keep its head down and sit on its hands or, better still, lead the world in pointing out that this is a massive hoax whose major effect has been to further impoverish poor people.

“Instead, the Government seems to be determined to squander billions of dollars of taxpayers hard-earned money in a futile effort to solve a non-existent problem,” Mr Brill concluded.


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