2020-07-28 00:11:37 UTC
apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years.
Climate change is happening. Its just not the end of the world. Its
not even our most serious environmental problem.
I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been
a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.
But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert
testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment
Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we
environmentalists have misled the public.
Here are some facts few people know:
Humans are not causing a sixth mass extinction
The Amazon is not the lungs of the world
Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
The amount of land we use for meat humankinds biggest use of
land has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not
climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires
in Australia and California
Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been
declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s
Netherlands became rich not poor while adapting to life below sea
We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will
continue to rise as the world gets hotter
Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger
threats to species than climate change
Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
Preventing future pandemics requires more not less industrial
I know that the above facts will sound like climate denialism to
many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism."