Manhattan Declaration Opposes Global Warming Alarmism

Published October 9, 2008

Since its creation in March by the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change has attracted more than 1,200 signatories from 40 countries, ICSC reports.

Hundreds of climate experts and other scientists, as well as professional engineers, economists, policy experts, medical doctors, and other citizens, have signed the document expressing disagreement with the assertion humans are causing a global warming crisis.

Global Warming Laws Futile

The Manhattan Declaration declares, “Attempts by governments to legislate costly regulations on industry and individual citizens to encourage CO2 [carbon dioxide] reduction will slow development while having no appreciable impact on the future trajectory of global climate change. Such policies will markedly diminish future prosperity and so reduce the ability of societies to adapt to inevitable climate change, thereby increasing, not decreasing, human suffering.”

Declaration signatory J. Scott Armstrong, Ph.D., a professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, said an analysis of how forecasts of future temperatures were made casts doubt on their veracity.

“The climate change declaration offers Americans of all backgrounds an opportunity to demonstrate that they are increasingly ill at ease with the wild forecasts of Al Gore, James Hansen, and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC],” Armstrong said.

“Such skepticism is entirely appropriate,” noted Armstrong. “In our research, we found that the forecasts in the latest IPCC Assessment Report are not the outcome of scientific procedures. They are merely the opinions of scientists transformed by mathematics and obscured by complex writing.

“Americans must realize that IPCC global warming forecasts deserve no more credence than saying that the planet will get colder,” Armstrong said.

Better Science Needed

“Just as the Manhattan Project was key to finally ending the Second World War, the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change may one day be regarded as a critical catalyst that helped end today’s climate hysteria,” said Bob Carter, a member of the ICSC Science Advisory Board and professor at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

ICSC is an association of scientists, economists, and energy and policy experts working to promote better public understanding of climate change. The group provides analysis of climate science and policy issues and, being independent of lobbying groups and vested political interests, is a scientific alternative to IPCC.


E. Jay Donovan ([email protected]) writes from Tampa, Florida.

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