17,000 Scientists

Not by Fire but by Ice


Updated 5 Dec 07



More Than 17,000 Scientists 
Protest Kyoto Accord

(As of Dec 2007, the number had climbed to 19,000 scientists)

Has everyone forgotten this? In April 1998, more than 17,000 scientists,
two-thirds of whom hold advanced academic degrees, signed a Petition against the Kyoto climate accord. The Petition urged the US government to reject the Accord, which would force drastic cuts in energy use on the United States.

In signing the Petition, the 17,000 basic and applied scientists -- an  unprecedented number for this kind of document -- expressed their profound skepticism about the science underlying the Kyoto Accord. The atmospheric data simply do not support the elaborate computer-driven climate models that are being cited by the United Nations and other promoters of the Accord as "proof" of a major future warming. The covering letter enclosed with the Petition, signed by Dr. Frederick Seitz, president emeritus of Rockefeller University and a past president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, states it well:

"The treaty is, in our opinion, based upon flawed ideas. Research data on 
climate change do not show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful. To 
the contrary, there is good evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful."

"The 'silent majority' of the scientific community has at last spoken out against the hype emanating from politicians and much of the media about a 'warming catastrophe.' The Petition reflects the frustration and disgust felt by working scientists, few of whom have been previously involved in the ongoing climate debate, about the misuse of science to promote a political agenda," said Dr. Seitz.

The Petition drive was organized by Dr. Arthur Robinson, director of the Oregon Institute for Science and Medicine (Cave Junction, OR) and a vocal critic of the shaky science used to support the Kyoto Accord. It was staffed by volunteers  and supported entirely by private donations, with no contributions from industry.

"We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

See the full letter and text of the Petition:

See also:
is pointless, say 60 leading scientists

4 Apr 2006 - More than 60 leading international climate-change experts ask Canada's prime minister to review Canada's global warming policies.
The list of brave signatories looks like a list of “Who’s Who” of the world’s scientists.  
See Kyoto Pointless



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