The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition has taken the unusual step of delivering (Tuesday 25 July) to every MP in Parliament an Open Letter to Members of the House of Representatives, urging them to support the Coalition's request to the Prime Minister for a Royal Commission on the Science and Economics of Climate Change.Accompanying the letter is a fourteen-page report backing up their call, which includes a summary of the nine reasons that require it:
The reasons justifying a Commission are set out in the Open Letter and its explanatory summary, and also in the attached media release.
In anticipation of untrue and entirely unjustified attacks on our members by the likes of Greenpeace claiming that we are simply tools of the fossil fuel industry, etc, we attach also for your background information, details of the qualifications and motivations of the signatories to the letter.
Recent developments make it clear that the science of climate change is far from settled. Our Coalition of qualified people believes that a deep, thorough and independent investigation by a Royal Commission is a necessary prerequisite for setting new national climate and related energy policies. Given the strength of the vested interests involved, we assert that such a Commission is the best way in which to separate fact from fiction and emotion.
We hope that the press will report, analyse and give editorial support to our call for a Royal Commission into climate change.
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition.
Nine Reasons why the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition believes that a Royal Commission into the science and economics of climate change is justified:If you agree that a Royal Commission is justified, you might like to write to your MP yourself to support this call.
- There is no scientific consensus about man-made global warming (page 2);
- The extent to which the globe is warming is questionable (page 3);
- New Zealand climate data shows little evidence of warming and no evidence that humans are affecting the temperature (page 4);
- Projections of changes in the climate are based on unproven computer models (page 6);
- The IPCC uses circumstantial argument, vagueness and ambiguity to hide the fact that direct evidence to support man-made global warming is lacking (page 7);
- Carbon dioxide is essential to life on earth and an increase in its atmospheric concentration may be beneficial (page 8);
- There is a poor relationship between carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere and global temperatures (page 9);
- The Kyoto Protocol will not prevent global warming, and is already projected to cost the nation over $1 billion more than was originally estimated (page 10);
- Advice to the government has thus far been one-sided, with little provision for contestability or open debate (page 11).
LINKS: MP's contact details - Parliamentary website
Climate Science Coalition website
Open Letter to members of NZ Parliament - NZ Climate Science Coalition [14-page PDF]
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