Hundreds Of Scientists Urge Trump To Pull Out Of A 25-Year-Old UN Environmental Treaty

Hundreds of scientists and policy experts sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to withdraw from a major United Nations environmental treaty ratified during the Bush administration.

More than 300 eminent scientists signed the letter to Trump, delivered Thursday, arguing he should pull out of the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) because it targets carbon dioxide — a gas essential for life.

CO2 “is not a pollutant but a major benefit to agriculture and other life on Earth,” reads the petition, obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Observations since the UNFCCC was written 25 years ago show that warming from increased atmospheric CO2 will be benign — much less than initial model predictions.”

Trump promised to pull out of the Paris agreement on global warming, which went into effect in November 2016. President Barack Obama signed the U.S. up to cut greenhouse gases 26 to 28 percent.

The hundreds of scientists who signed the letter, however, argue that’s not far enough. Trump should pull out of the foundational treaty the Paris agreement is based on — the UNFCCC.

The UNFCCC’s focus on global warming is misguided because it targets CO2, which isn’t a pollutant, with the idea reducing it can stop global warming. Their plans aren’t supported by science, one petitioner argued in a letter.

“Since 2009, the US and other governments have undertaken actions with respect to global climate that are not scientifically justified and that already have, and will continue to cause serious social and economic harm—with no environmental benefits,” reads a separate letter written by Richard Lindzen, a climatologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“While we support effective, affordable, reasonable and direct controls on conventional environmental pollutants, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant,” Lindzen wrote in his letter, supplementing the petition.

“To the contrary, there is clear evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful to food crops and other plants that nourish all life. It is plant food, not poison,” Lindzen wrote.

Increasingly, scientists are finding the world has actually greened in the past few decades largely due to increased CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. CO2 fertilization is even greening some of the world’s most arid regions.

It’s not clear when Trump plans on withdrawing from the Paris agreement, but some sources say executive orders on the matter could be coming in the next few weeks.

Obama never brought the Paris agreement before the Senate for ratification, so Trump can treat it as an executive agreement, rather than a treaty, and pull out without congressional consent.

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    TheIdiotJayPee

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    Talk about fake news:
    “More than 300 eminent scientists signed the letter to Trump”. Wow – sounds impressive.
    However, no “eminent” scientist is actually named in the article and no link is provided to this list. In fact, if you continue reading, the only list provided is to a list of 800 ACTUAL scientists who say the that man-made climate change is real and pressing.
    Hmmm
    The article, however, does mention a quote from Richard Lindzen from “a separate letter” in a deliberate and deceitful attempt to try and lend credibility to this mockery of journalism.

    The sad thing about this episode is that it is all too common on this website.

    As I have said before, you can lead a sCeptic to knowledge, but you can’t make them think.

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      Fitz

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      ‚ÄúOrthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.‚Äù

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      Fitz

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      Signers of the attached petition include the U.S. and international atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, physicists, professors and others taking issue with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC], which was formed in 1992 to combat “dangerous” climate change.

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        TheIdiotJayPee

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        Yes, it would be impressive if it were real. Lots of similar articles to this can be found that link to OTHER lists, like the 800 ACTUAL scientists warning of the hazards of man-made CO2, but no link can be found on the internet to the “More than 300 eminent scientists signed the letter to Trump, delivered Thursday[Feb 23, 2017]”.
        As is so often the case with Climate Change Dispatch, they post fake news for the insatiable appetites of their ignorant readers.

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          amirlach

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          Just how many of those 800 “scientists” you mention have produced Peer Reviewed Papers Refuting the Null Hypothesis? How many of them can list ALL climate forcing’s and list them in order from least to most effective? And how many of them have skillfully predicted recent, or any climate with the models based upon their “science?

          None you say?

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            TheIdiotJayPee

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            “And how many of them have skillfully predicted recent, or any climate with the models based upon their ‚Äúscience?”
            Model predictions?: You mean like predicting that these last 3 years would each be the hottest on record? Or are you talking about the failed prediction of the current global sea ice collapse? Or are you talking of the recent record setting measurement of Pacific Ocean temperatures? Maybe you meant the prediction of 383 consecutive months (almost 32 years) where each month was warmer than the 20th century average?
            Well, by golly, I don’t think they did.
            Now I am even more “alarmed”.

            Null hypothesis?!? LOL — I think the 10,000+ EMPIRICAL studies within dozens of DIFFERENT scientific fields has kind of answered that question already.
            It is nice to know that some things never change — you are clueless as ever One Trick.

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          TheIdiotJayPee

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          Uhhh Tez – I was talking about the last 3 years in the GLOBAL record — not the US.
          And GLOBAL sea ice also includes Antarctica (south) which is the lowest ever recorded.
          FYI, did you know that Goddard started out as a contributor to WUWT but he became such an embarrassment to Anthony Watts that he was asked to leave? And did you know Steve Goddard’s “research” has never been peer-reviewed – EVER?
          Hmmm
          BTW, I notice that no one has yet found that “list” of 300 scientists which asked Trump to leave the Paris climate agreement — seems that Michael Bastasch of the DAILY CALLER lied right to your faces. Do you think the CCD editor, Tom Richard, will use him again? My bet is that he will — and often.

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      Bruce Hallock

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      Well I think I will listen to Trump rather than a yes sayer You got to be a Dumbocrap to talk that loose

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    jimmy

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    Glug, glug, glug mon ami…
    Too many of these eminant scientists had to watch tongue as POTUS Obama called all the shots (and held all the purse strings). Now their yoke of green oppression is being lifted and free scientific speech can be spoken again…because we all know how well all that settled science has been used to model complete and utter catastrophic demise for the planet.

    How’s that working for ya?

    BTW, I trust you email was sent via your bike ergometer that generated electricity that was stored in your battery that was subsequently used to power your laptop and operate your router to transmit your message. Ya, I didn’t think so…

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      R. Johnson

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      Well said JIMMY. Climate change as defined by warmists is a scheme concocted by globalist elites to destroy individual freedom and wealth. UN personnel have stated their goal is to destroy capitalism and redistribute wealth.
      Like some recent articles have pointed out: 1) If climate change is settled science why continue spending billions studying it, why not disband the groups and committees? 2) Why do so called “climate scientists” feel they need to fake, manipulate and invented data to support climate change, could it be real, accurate data shows little or nothing?
      I say dump the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC], it’s a globalist scam through and through.

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    habitat21

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    It seems now to be a prerequisite for a senior post in the public or voluntary sector that appointees must devote time to platitudes on climate change if they want to remain employed.

    This reveals an insidious culture in government. When organisations from the Parole Board to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are required to have a climate change plan, something has gone seriously wrong. Ministries are devoting much of their time and effort to policy initiatives which have nothing to do with their stated purpose.

    Last month the BBC Trust announced an investigation after a string of complaints that the corporation was promoting the theory that climate change was man-made.

    There is no warming based on observation…just hysterics based on computer models. Those having the courage and temerity to challenge the experts of AGW are subject to catcalls and their credentials questioned. There are shouts of ‘denier’ and the subsidies continue.

    The scientists saying they believe in AGW are, in the main, the ones who receive the handouts.

    The level of hysteria and the level of vituperation on the side of the AGW followers indicates there is something more afoot than science. Those of us who see this nonsense for what it is are obviously becoming a serious problem for those promoting global warming propaganda and the policies which follow it.

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    JayPee

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    Once again,
    serial liar Andrzejewski is too ashamed to use his own name.

    What self absorbed arrogance.
    He thinks everyone is as stupid as he is.

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      TheIdiotJayPee

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      I will tell you should be ashamed — anyone who thinks there is even a shred of truth to this article. I have scoured the internet and have yet to find that list of “More than 300 eminent scientists signed the letter to Trump, delivered Thursday”.
      Kind of like that list of 1000 scientist Inhofe had a few years ago that no one has ever actually seen or that list of 30,000 scientists from the Oregon petition from last century which had the signatures of dead presidents and Disney characters.
      Meanwhile, global sea ice is the lowest on record and heat records are being broken more often than Jaypee changes his underwear.

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      amirlach

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      I doubt he has any shame. The reason he keeps poping up with new names is he is banned.

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