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Climatists must be pushed off the Earth Day stage


Climatists must be pushed off the Earth Day stage

Activists need to refocus on known environmental problems

Ottawa, Canada, April 20, 2012: “Climatism, the misguided belief that man-made carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are destroying Earth’s climate, has overwhelmed the environmental movement,” said Steve Goreham, Executive Director of the Chicago-based Climate Science Coalition of America (CSCA) and author of Climatism! Science, Common Sense and the 21st century’s Hottest Topic. “If activists want to be taken seriously on Earth Day, then they must divorce themselves from this extreme form of environmentalism and focus only on problems we know to be real.”

Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada observed, “Climatism is damaging the credibility of the environmental movement and diverting governments, concerned citizens and corporations away from solving important air, land and water pollution challenges. It is no coincidence that, as the weak scientific foundation of the climate scare is revealed, the public’s interest in environmental issues in general is plummeting. For their own credibility, indeed for their survival as a meaningful movement, practical environmentalists must cut climatists loose.”

“Despite the failure of the hypothesis of dangerous human-caused global warming, there is a very real climate problem,” said ICSC chief science advisor, Professor Bob Carter of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia and author of Climate: the Counter Consensus. “It is the risk associated with natural climate phenomena, including short term events such as floods and cyclones, intermediate events such as drought and longer term warming and cooling trends.”

“The great danger posed by current global warming hysteria is that it distracts attention and resources away from development of sound policies of adaptation to the natural climate variations that are a certain part of our future,” explained Carter. “That only 5% of the world’s spending on climate is dedicated to adaptation (ref: October 27, 2011, Climate Policy Initiative report) is a travesty of the first order.”

New Zealand-based Terry Dunleavy, ICSC founding chairman and strategic advisor added, “All sensible people are environmentalists. Besides the affinity most of us feel towards the natural world, we rely on the environment for the security and well-being of our societies. It's important to reduce, re-use and recycle so as to minimize pollution and protect species at risk. Those are the right reasons for Earth Day, not concerns about the forecasts of unverified climate models that have little meaningful connection with the real world.”

Goreham sums up, “The world spent $240 billion reducing our carbon dioxide emissions in 2010 and more than $1 trillion over the last ten years. This means that twice as much is annually spent on “decarbonization” than total global foreign aid, while billions continue to live in poverty, without electricity, proper sanitation or clean drinking water, and millions die each year from disease. The proponents of Earth Day need to reassess their priorities.”
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