June 30th 2001

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Editorial :Winning elections ... or governing the country?

Canberra observed - Beazley falters in pre-election " phoney war"

Economics - Industry policy where to now?

National affairs - One.Tel collapse- shades of Fawlty Towers

Straws in the Wind

Clark allegations leave political players lost for words

Barley deregulation - Victorian ALP backs agribusiness

The Media

Letter: Insurance failures - who should pay?

Raymond Aron - an idealist with common sense

Hague self-destructs: so why won't the Tory Party?

17,000 US scientists say greenhouse theory wrong

New opportunities in life issues debate

Out of Ireland

Is news what the Big Six say it is?

60th anniversary of Baltic deportations

Film - Pearl Harbor, a film that will live in infamy

Books promotion page

17,000 US
scientists say greenhouse theory wrong

by News Weekly

News Weekly, June 30, 2001

During the past two years, more than 17,100 basic and applied American scientists, two-thirds with advanced degrees, have signed the Global Warming Petition. Signers of this petition so far include 2,660 physicists, geophysicists, climatologists, meteorologists, oceanographers, and environmental scientists who are especially well qualified to evaluate the effects of carbon dioxide on the Earth's atmosphere and climate.

The petition reads:

"We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

Signers of this petition also include 5,017 scientists whose fields of specialisation in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and other life sciences make them especially well qualified to evaluate the effects of carbon dioxide upon the Earth's plant and animal life.

Nearly all of the initial 17,100 scientist signers have technical training suitable for the evaluation of the relevant research data, and many are trained in related fields. In addition to these 17,100, approximately 2,400 individuals have signed the petition who are trained in fields other than science or whose field of specialisation was not specified on their returned petition.

Of the 19,700 signatures that the project has received in total so far, 17,800 have been independently verified and the other 1,900 have not yet been independently verified. Of those signers holding the degree of PhD, 95 per cent have now been independently verified. One name that was sent in by enviro-pranksters, Geri Halliwell, PhD, has been eliminated. Several names, such as Perry Mason and Robert Byrd, are still on the list even though enviro-press reports have ridiculed their identity with the names of famous personalities. They are actual signers. Perry Mason, for example, is a PhD chemist.

The costs of this petition project have been paid entirely by private donations. No industrial funding or money from sources within the coal, oil, natural gas or related industries has been utilised.

The signatures and the text of the petition speak for themselves. These scientists have signed this specific document. They are not associated with any particular organisation. Their signatures represent a strong statement about this important issue by many of the best scientific minds in the United States.

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