Climate Change Hasn’t Caused Crisis, Heartland Institute Scientists Say

February 10, 2019 Updated: February 10, 2019

News Analysis

Almost 27 years after the United Nations adopted the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), many scientists now say there is no crisis caused by climate change.

In the past few decades, people around the world have become used to hearing scientists insist that there’s a consensus on global warming and a resulting climate-change crisis.

Most people never question the details of the so-called consensus that scientists have agreed to, because everyone knows the earth is getting warmer. But to researchers and scientists at the Heartland Institute, an Illinois-based free-market think tank, the details of the climate-change issue are very important.

“There are only two things scientists are in consensus: climate has become warmer, and the greenhouse gas generated by human activities made the temperature increase,” James Taylor, a senior fellow for environment and energy policy at Heartland Institute, told The Epoch Times.

But “the real issue is whether we have created a climate crisis,” said Taylor, in an interview with C-Span on the Green New Deal on Jan. 8.

In other words, a warmer climate doesn’t mean a crisis is coming.

Heartland Institute senior fellow James Taylor hosted and spoke to “The Climate Change Reconsidered series” in Katowice, Poland, in Dec. 2018. The series was held outside of the UN conference during the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference. (Courtesy James Taylor)

Taylor said the earth has been warmer or colder many times during human civilization. He said that for most of the past 6,000 to 8,000 years, the earth’s temperatures were much warmer than they are today.

For the scientists and researchers at Heartland Institute, the only consensus is that global warming hasn’t brought a climate-change crisis. Many researchers and scientists in the United States have joined the campaign led by the institute to promote a healthy, science-based skepticism regarding climate change.

Al Gore’s Misprojection

In December 2018, during the 24th U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP24) at Katowice, Poland, the Heartland Institute and the Polish Solidarity labor union issued a joint statement calling on the U.N. to ensure the “restoration of the Scientific Method and the dismissal of ideological dogma.”

Activists remove polar bear costumes on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House after a protest in Washington on Sept. 26, 2013. The polar bear has become a symbol of concerns about global warming. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

During COP 24, the Heartland Institute shared a video that listed the top five things that former Vice President Al Gore got spectacularly wrong on climate change:

5. Gore in 2006 said that we had 10 years to save the planet, but the planet is still not doomed, as of the end of 2018.

4. Gore predicted that the Arctic would be ice-free by the summer of 2014, which was not the case.

3. It was said that the flow of the Gulf Stream would slow, leading to a climate catastrophe. But NASA data show the Gulf Stream current may actually be speeding up.

2. Polar bears were said to be in danger of extinction. But polar bear numbers are now at an all-time high.

1. Gore said in 2006 that sea levels would rise by as much as 20 feet “in the near future.” But the sea level increase hasn’t deviated from its pace of about 3 millimeters a year, or about the height of two dimes.

Taylor said that “[the] environmental movement is utilizing global warming issues as a means to centralize power and a global bureaucracy that is premised on redistributing wealth, [and increasing] government control.”

Heartland Institute’s Rebuttal of Climate Crisis

In September 2018, while the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) was being held in San Francisco, the Heartland Institute and the Independent Institute held a joint rebuttal panel discussion in Oakland, California, against GCAS.

In the rebuttal discussion, a group of scientists and researchers claimed that there isn’t universal scientific approval of a climate crisis.

“We feel that it is very important that science drives the discussion and the politics,” Taylor said during the rebuttal discussion.

GCAS, on the other hand, held “A Dialogue on How Science Is Supporting Climate Action” as part of its events.

President Donald Trump arrives to announce his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on June 1, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The dialogue at GCAS featured speakers such as California Gov. Jerry Brown, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, and University of California President Janet Napolitano.

Taylor described the science of GCAS as “a politician or two referencing drought or Hurricane Florence, and attributing them to global warming without any data, scientific theories, explanations, or observations.”

In the rebuttal discussion, Dr. Stanley Goldenberg, one of the meteorologists who sits on the panel, read a monthly weather review published by the American Meteorology Society in 1922.

“The Arctic Ocean is warming up,” he read. “Within a few years, it is predicted that due to the ice melting, the sea level will rise and make most of the coastal cities uninhabitable.”

Dr. Goldenberg then suggested that that 1920s weather review be read at GCAS.

President Shows Support

Taylor said that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was a “fantastic decision,” and that “the basis for the Paris Agreement is false and scientifically unjustified.”

Taylor pointed out that if carbon dioxide emissions and global warming were truly the concerns of the Paris Agreement, nations around the world would appreciate and learn from the United States, because carbon dioxide emissions in the states have declined 14 percent since 2005, while in the same time period, the rest of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 56 percent.

However, instead of being held as a shining example, the United States has been criticized by the nations joining the global climate summit, Taylor said.

The Paris Agreement requires developed countries to pay $100 billion each year, which proves that “the United Nations’ goal is to transfer money and power from the democracy countries to the United Nations,” Taylor stated.

Taylor said that France has the most support for taking steps to address global warming, but even in France, the “yellow vest” movement shows that there’s a limit to how much of their taxes the people are willing to spend on these measures.

Although the rebuttal to the claims of a climate-change crisis by these scientists comes 27 years after UNFCCC, it may be just in time for the Green New Deal battle in Congress.

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