In conjunction with today’s Third International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, the Heartland Institute (my organization and conference host) is releasing “Climate Change Reconsidered: A Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change.” The 880-page book (posted entirely online at the Web site) challenges the scientific basis for concerns that global warming is man-made or is a cause for concern.
The report rebuts the several manifestations of findings by the United Nations Intergovernmental (I would say Pro-Governmental or Governmentalovin’) Panel on Climate Change, which serves as the foundation for several policies favored by President Obama and Congressional Democrats to limit greenhouse gas emissions. From the NIPCC site:
The scholarship in this book demonstrates overwhelming scientific support for the position that the warming of the twentieth century was moderate and not unprecedented, that its impact on human health and wildlife was positive, and that carbon dioxide probably is not the driving factor behind climate change.
The authors cite thousands of peer-reviewed research papers and books that were ignored by the IPCC, plus additional scientific research that became available after the IPCC’s self-imposed deadline of May 2006.
The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) is an international panel of nongovernment scientists and scholars who have come together to understand the causes and consequences of climate change. Because it is not a government agency, and because its members are not predisposed to believe climate change is caused by human greenhouse gas emissions, NIPCC is able to offer an independent “second opinion” of the evidence reviewed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The report addresses several scientific areas, including global climate models, temperature record observations, solar variability, climate cycles, species extinction, glaciers, sea level, and more. In announcing the release of the book, Heartland President Joseph Bast said:
“I think it is fair to say that this is the largest independent compilation of research on climate change ever published, and I think it marks a real turning point in the national and international debates on climate….
“Whereas the IPCC pretends it has absolute confidence in its findings, and puts forward projections that might be predictions, but maybe they’re not predictions, this book doesn’t do that. It’s much more intellectually modest and I think honest.”
I, for one, am glad to finally see a major resource in this area that is not paid for and owned by government. Let them do things they are good at like running postal delivery, banks, and automobile companies.