Mr. Connolly highlighted the importance of remaining unbiased when conducting research. “In scientific investigations, it is important to avoid beginning your analysis with your conclusions decided in advance. Otherwise, you might end up with a false sense of confidence in your findings. It seems that the IPCC was too quick to jump to their conclusions.”
The coalition pointed out that Earth’s climate has varied as long as it has existed, with the planet experiencing several cold and warm phases. The Little Ice Age only ended as recently as 1850, they said.
“Therefore, it is no surprise that we now are experiencing a period of warming,” the declaration said. Warming is happening “far slower” than predicted by the IPCC.
“Climate models have many shortcomings and are not remotely plausible as policy tools,” the coalition said, adding that these models “exaggerate the effect of greenhouse gases” and “ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial.”
It was “distorted in 1992 in a way that is incompatible with science,” he said, pointing to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) excluding natural causes from the definition.
The term climate change used to—and must again—include not just human-contributed factors, but also natural ones like temperatures, wind patterns, and rainfall, he said.
“The obscuration of the classical definition of climate change has paved the way for any change in the climate to be attributed and accounted to anthropogenic emission.”