U.N. Climate Refugee Report Based On Flawed Science

Published June 10, 2009

A consortium of U.N. bureaucracies, together with an assortment of left-leaning nongovernmental organizations, is releasing a June 10 report claiming global warming will cause massive waves of human refugees in the very near future.

Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor observes the report is based on flawed assumptions that have been soundly refuted by scientific facts. You may quote from his comments below or contact him directly at [email protected], 941-776-5690.

“When U.N. bureaucracies team up with such notorious left-wing operations as the Rockefeller Foundation and Germanwatch, any resulting ‘study’ is about as objective and newsworthy as an asbestos industry study claiming that breathing asbestos is good for you.

“The theme of this report—that global warming is causing more extreme environmental conditions that are causing, and will continue to cause, massive waves of human refugees—has a credibility factor somewhere between Pinocchio and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

“For example, the report claims that drought, especially in Africa, is a major cause of human refugees—without bothering to mention that twentieth century global warming has caused a decline in worldwide drought, especially in Africa.

“Similarly, the report claims hurricanes are a major cause of human refugees—without bothering to acknowledge that there has been no increase in global hurricanes this past century, that the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society reports global warming should reduce the number of global hurricanes, and that global hurricane activity is actually at a 30-year low.

“What this ‘study’ boils down to is a self-serving piece of propaganda that thumbs its nose at scientific facts and uses fear, lies, and alarmism in an attempt to raise money and raise the power base for U.N. bureaucracies and their left-wing allies.”