Climate Scientists Release Statement Opposing U.N. Hysteria: CO2 Not a Pollutant

In a sarcastic reference to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) has released a report to counter the recent U.N. propaganda blitz.

From the Heartland Institute’s news release:

The 1,062-page report contains thousands of citations to peer-reviewed scientific literature — and concludes rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels are causing “no net harm to the global environment or to human health and often finds the opposite: net benefits to plants, including important food crops, and to animals and human health.”

Click here to read the full report in digital form (PDF). An 18-page Summary for Policymakers is available here.

Some of the report’s findings are summarized in the press release, and they should make sense to anyone with a basic education. For example:

Atmospheric carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. It is a non-toxic, non-irritating, and natural component of the atmosphere. Long-term CO2 enrichment studies confirm the findings of shorter-term experiments, demonstrating numerous growth-enhancing, water-conserving, and stress-alleviating effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 on plants growing in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Since plants need CO2 to convert solar energy into food, increasing it should cause plants to thrive. Furthermore, even if the CO2 does raise temperatures (or if temperatures increase for some other reason), that should result in more plant life not less of it. Think about it: Do you see more vegetation as you travel toward the poles of the planet or as you travel toward the equator? So many of the dire predictions are false, even if temperatures do increase.

Nor would sea life be threatened by the slight rise in temperature, if the alarmists’ predictions came true.

Many aquatic species have shown considerable tolerance to temperatures and CO2 values predicted for the next few centuries, and many have demonstrated a likelihood of positive responses in empirical studies.

The Heartland Institute and the NIPCC are busy setting up meetings in Washington, DC. They plan to hold a press conference at the National Press Club. I assume that most reporters will ignore their invitation but the fact remains that Republicans control the House and may even control the Senate next year. Republicans know that their voters tend to be global warming skeptics. Ignoring the NIPCC’s report is not going to help climate-change alarmists make their case. As much as they like to scold us and proclaim “the science is settled,” they simply don’t have the power to get away with that kind of treatment. Scientists are going to have to engage with opposing scientists if they want to convince the populace that there is global warming, that it is man-made, and that it will be a catastrophe.

In other words, they are going to have to admit the science is not settled.