ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (December 12, 2018) – Last week, The Heartland Institute went to Katowice, Poland to bring real climate science to the bureaucratic gathering COP 24. The full three hour presentation was streamed online to hundreds of viewers and can be seen online here. This week, the U.S. State Department publically stated that they do not endorse the UNIPCC’s findings in a defiant call for realism in the climate debate. The following is a letter by former Representative and President of The Heartland Institute, Dr. Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., congratulating Secretary Pompeo for his level headed and correct decision.
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Dear Secretary Pompeo,
On behalf of The Heartland Institute, I would like to congratulate you for standing up for sound science at the COP24 United Nations climate summit in Katowice, Poland. I especially thank you for declining to “welcome” or endorse the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report 15 released this fall.
The IPCC is, at its heart, a political rather than a scientific organization. Politicians and government figures select who will serve on the IPCC, and government political figures have final say on the conclusions of IPCC reports. Audits of the IPCC and its reports show the IPCC is stacked with environmental activists, utilizes sloppy and biased research, and has an embarrassing record of its projections being contradicted by real-world evidence.
The overwhelming scientific evidence shows humans are not creating a climate crisis. IPCC Special Report 15 calls for the United States and other nations to impose massive carbon dioxide taxes on its people and spend tens of trillions of dollars to address a nonexistent climate crisis. Allowing Americans to exercise our own judgments to spend that money instead on better nutrition, education, healthcare, and other goods and services that make life more enjoyable, healthier, and longer lasting is a scientific, economic, and moral imperative.
Like you, The Heartland Institute is standing up for climate realism at COP24. On December 4 in Katowice, we hosted a science panel presenting the latest scientific evidence showing humans are not creating a global warming crisis. The panel included an unveiling of Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels, a comprehensive scientific and economic volume documenting that fossil fuels provide substantial net benefits to society. Also, representatives of The Heartland Institute met in Katowice with the Solidarity labor union, with the two organizations drafting a joint statement expressing skepticism of the United Nations climate agenda and emphasizing the importance of affordable conventional energy.
Thank you, Mr. Secretary, for having the courage and energy to stand up for the American people and sound science in Poland. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to aid your invaluable work.
Hon. Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
President, The Heartland Institute
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