Leaders ignore climate change controversy at summit

Three amigos ménage à trois handshake.

Meet Moe, Larry, and Curly trying to do a ménage à trois handshake at the Three Stooges Summit.

In Wednesday’s Leaders’ Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership, President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Pena Nieto agreed, “to work together to implement the historic Paris Agreement, supporting our goal to limit temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees C.”

Obama told Canada’s Parliament, “This is the only planet we’ve got, and this may be the last shot we’ve got to save it!”

Underlying such assertions is the unjustified belief that climate science is well understood. According to Obama, Trudeau, and Pena Nieto, a global warming catastrophe awaits if we do not reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by quickly moving away from fossil fuels.

Yet thousands of highly qualified, independent scientists do not share this opinion. Besides their scientific publications, they have made their views known through countless newspaper editorials and open letters. Perhaps the most straight-forward was the Climate Scientists Register of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC). In the space of only three days in 2010, 142 climate experts from 22 countries endorsed the following statement:

“We, the undersigned, having assessed the relevant scientific evidence, do not find convincing support for the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing, or will in the foreseeable future cause, dangerous global warming.”

Among the 64 signatories from the United States were Syun-Ichi Akasofu, Professor of Physics, Founding Director, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska; Robert W. Durrenberger, former Arizona State Climatologist and President of the American Association of State Climatologists, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Arizona State University; William Happer, Professor of Physics, Princeton University; and Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Many scientists told ICSC that they agreed with the Register but feared reprisals from their employers or activists if they publicly endorsed the statement.

Such concerns are not unjustified. Two of ICSC’s scientists have had death threats and there have been cases of academic dismissal for espousing politically incorrect views on climate change. In recent months, we have see attempts by state legislators in California and 16 state attorneys general to criminalize some forms of ‘climate change denial.’ On June 25, the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee unanimously agreed to call for the Department of Justice to investigate corporations who disagree with political correctness on climate science.

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    JayPee

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    It takes very brave academics to come forth and tell the truth at the cost of forfeiting all future opportunities of receiving government bribes ( grants ) and professional association accolades.

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    Amber

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    So Obama has figured out “this is the only planet we’ve got ” ? “The last shot to save it ” .
    “We may be long gone but the planet will be fine .” George Carlin… another comedian .
    Can’t wait to see what planet saving police force Obama is involved with . UN safe bet ?
    Maybe a role in distributing cash to those have not like dictatorships and friends of the rump clique ” AG’s For Clean Power ” . He and former Chicago Climate Exchange business associate can do good with other fools cash .
    Five more planet saving months to promote and solve the worlds alleged biggest
    issue .
    USA debt accumulated on his watch is the real legacy issue . The world’s climate changes with or without human influence and we are extremely lucky to be in the most recent warming cycle . If we help a bit well good but Mother Nature runs the show
    despite some humans puffed up ego about controlling the earth temperature to within a couple of degrees . It comes down to money they hope to fleece and centralized power using propaganda of saving the planet to do it . At least some of them have the
    admitted it and some even believe in their Agenda 21 goals .

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    GR82DRV

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    Have you noticed that for some reason the eco-leftists love to use the term “the planet” over and over like it is some kind of magic tonic..? It seems linked with the bogus Gaian mother-earth pseudo religion that they are trying to sell along with their pseudo science of man made climate change.

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    Amber

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    George Carlin’s description of the planet and humans influence sums it up .

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    Me

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    The three pendejos strike again, all of them no guns. 😆

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      Me

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      And had dinner together! 😆

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    Amber

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    With globalization the leaders have figured out they are better off pretending to
    adjust the earth’s thermostat than actually addressing real issues .
    Got to keep those hedge fund billionaires happy and line up an exit strategy .

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    Mjw

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    What a pity Mr Chavez has left this mortal coil, it would have made a lovely foursome.

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