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“Climate Change” has become a dominant topic for the news media, academia, public schools, and institutions like the UN and our own U.S. government. However, many of the key arguments promoting things like “global warming” not only exaggerate and even distort the facts—“rising sea levels,” “record” temperatures, melting polar caps, etc.—but what’s worse these alarming theories have become a religion for some. The zeal with which some religions have been accused of bullying victims has become the trademark method for those telling us they “just want to save the planet.”

*The information contained herein is based on the research of The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, or CFACT, a Washington DC based non-profit organization that advocates free-market solutions to environmental issues. www.cfact.org.

“Global Warming Has Become a New Religion”

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Ivar Giaever said: “Global warming is a non-problem.” He further said, “Global warming really has become a new religion.”[1]

Former environmentalist James Lovelock reversed his previous belief in “global warming,” to say, “I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy.” He has come out to condemn the Green movement, stating: “It’s a religion really. It’s totally unscientific.”[2]

United Nations Scientist, Dr. Kiminori Itoh of Japan, an award-winning Ph.D. and environmental physical chemist has stated that: “Global warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in history … When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.”[3]

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) lead Author, Dr. Richard Tol calls former U.S. Vice President and leading climate change activist, Al Gore’s claims about global warming “complete madness.”

“It disturbs me,” Tol went on to say, “hearing people like Al Gore say that he is worried about the future of his grandchildren. Complete madness.”[4]

We need to ask ourselves, does the Christian Gospel, in any way, shape or form, suggest to its believers that governments should be trusted for their salvation in this life or the next? If, indeed we do face a manmade climate crisis and we have to rely on the United Nations to save us, are we not DOOMED anyway?

If religion is the state of “being religious” as “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith,”[5] then certainly many climate change enthusiasts have their own religion. This is not to suggest that persons who advocate environmentalism with religious zeal are in violation of some cultural taboo, it’s just that it should be called what is, one’s religion.

Below are 12 “dogmas” of the new climate change religion that has converted so many into its passionate grip.

Dogma #1 The UN’s Paris climate agreement and EPA regulations can control the climate

University of Pennsylvania Geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack observes, “None of the strategies that have been offered by the U.S. government or by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or by anybody else has the remotest chance of altering climate, if in fact climate is controlled by carbon dioxide.”[6]

Danish statistician Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, the President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, noted in 2017 regarding the UN Paris agreement: “We will spend at least one hundred trillion dollars in order to reduce the temperature by the end of the century by a grand total of three-tenths of one degree … the equivalent of postponing warming by less than four years … Again, that is using the UN’s own climate prediction model.”

In 2015: the Obama administration’s EPA Administrator admitted that their regulations have no measurable climate impact. “One one-hundredth of a degree?” Yet, EPA Chief McCarthy defended regs as “enormously beneficial.”

Former Obama Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Charles McConnell slammed EPA climate regulations as “falsely sold as impactful … All U.S. annual emissions will be offset by 3 weeks of Chinese emissions.”

Dogma #2 There’s a “97% consensus” of scientists who agree about manmade climate change

The truth there is—nor has there ever been—a scientific “consensus” about catastrophic manmade climate change. Dogmatic claims that the issue is “settled” or that 97% of scientists agree are not backed up by any credible study or poll.

UN IPCC lead author Dr. Richard Tol: “The 97% is essentially pulled from thin air; it is not based on any credible research whatsoever.”[7]

A study, authored by blogger John Cook, claimed that 97% of climate studies agree on climate change. But scientists were quick to debunk it. Climatologist Dr. David Legates of the University of Delaware and three coauthors reviewed the same studies as did Mr. Cook and their research revealed “only 41 papers—0.3% of all 11,944 abstracts or 1.0% of the 4,014 expressing an opinion, and not 97.1%—had been found to endorse” the claim that humans are to blame for a majority of the current warming.[8]

Dogma #3 CO2  is the “control knob” of global climate

There is a vague connection between higher levels of CO2 and warming. During the Ice Age, CO2 levels were 10 times higher than they are today.[9]

There are many, many factors which impact climate – including volcanoes, wind oscillations, solar activity, ocean cycles, volcanoes, tilt of the Earth’s axis, and land use. CO2 is just one factor among many, and not the control knob of the climate.

Today’s levels of roughly 400 parts per million (PPM) of CO2 are not as alarming as some let on. In geologic terms, today’s CO2 levels are among the lowest in global history.[10]

University of London professor emeritus Philip Stott: “Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically selected factor (CO2) is as misguided as it gets. It’s scientific nonsense.”

According to Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore: “We had both higher temperatures and an ice age at a time when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today.”

Dogma #4 This was the “hottest year on record”

Global temperatures have been holding nearly steady for almost two decades, according to satellites from the Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) and the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH).[11]

Global alarmists declared 2005, 2010, 2015, and 2016 to be the “hottest years” on record. But a closer examination revealed their claims were “based on year-to-year temperature data that differ by only a few HUNDREDTHS of a degree to tenths of a degree Fahrenheit – differences that were within the margin of error in the data.”[12]That’s just disingenuous!

MIT climate scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen ridiculed these “hottest year” claims. “The uncertainty here is tenths of a degree. It’s just nonsense. This is a very tiny change period,” Lindzen said. “If you can adjust temperatures to 2/10ths of a degree, it means it wasn’t certain to 2/10ths of a degree.”

     In addition, the “hottest year” claims are based on surface data only dating back to the late 19th century. They also ignore the temperature revisions made by NASA and NOAA that have enhanced the warming trend by retroactively “cooling” the past.[13]

Many scholarly, peer-reviewed articles and studies have found the Medieval Warm Period was as warm or warmer than current temperatures.[14]

In February 2017, a NOAA whistleblower, Dr. John Bates, revealed a temperature ‘Pausebuster’ scandal. Dr. Bates detailed how a federal study “exaggerated global warming” and “was timed to influence” the UN Paris agreement. NOAA stands accused of manipulating temperature data to hype so-called “global warming.”[15]

Dogma #5 Climate deniers should be jailed

Instead of engaging in the arena of ideas and debate, prominent climate activists are now calling for jailing so-called “deniers” or skeptics. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., declared he wanted to jail climate skeptics. “They ought to be serving time for it,” Kennedy said in 2014.

And Bill Nye “The Science Guy” entertained the idea of jailing climate skeptics for “affecting my quality of life” in 2016, while U.S. Senators and top UN scientists called for RICO-style charges against skeptics.

Dogma #6 Manmade “global warming” is not about politics

It has become common knowledge among those who care to look deeper into the matter that the UN and EPA regulations are pure climate symbolism designed to promote a more centrally planned energy economy. The UN and EPA regulations are vehicles to put politicians and bureaucrats in charge of the world’s energy economy and “save” us from bad weather and “climate change.”

UN official Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of the IPCC Working Group III, admitted what’s behind the climate issue: “One must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy … One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore.”[16]

In 2009, former Vice President Al Gore touted U.S. cap-and-trade legislation as a method to help bring about “global governance.”[17]

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres declared in 2012 that she was seeking a “centralized transformation” that is “going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.”[18]

The UN IPCC climate panel is actually a political organization parading about as a scientific body. After extensive analysis, climate data analyst John McLean concluded: “The UN IPCC is, in fact, no more than a craftily assembled government-supported lobby group, doing what lobby groups usually do.”[19]

Essentially, the UN IPCC is a lobbying organization that seeks to enrich the UN by putting it in charge of “solving” climate change. If the UN fails to find manmade global warming to be a problem, it no longer has a reason to continue the climate panel and therefore cannot be in charge of proposing “solutions” to climate change.

Dogma #7 The global warming “solution” helps the poor

Attempting to control weather and climate will have no impact on climate, but the so-called “solutions” of global warming that would limit development and ban many forms of life-saving carbon based energy will have huge impacts on economic development of poor, developing nations.

Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr., warned that climate activists “promote green imperialism that helps lock in poverty” and that “climate policy robs the world’s poor of their hopes.”[20]

An estimated 1.1 billion people still live without running water and electricity.[21]

The New Yorker in 2016 dubbed it “the Climate Summit of Money” at the UN – “It will cost sixteen & a half trillion dollars for world to meet its collective Paris goals.”[22]

Dogma #8 Carbon dioxide is “pollution”

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is not “pollution.” The term “carbon pollution” is unscientific and misleading. CO2 is a harmless trace essential gas in the atmosphere that humans exhale (after inhaling oxygen).

Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer has said: “To call carbon dioxide a pollutant is really Orwellian. You are calling something a pollutant that we all produce. Where does that lead us eventually?”[23]

Dogma #9 Extreme weather is the result of climate change

In 2017, Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr., testified to Congress there was simply “no evidence” that hurricanes, floods, droughts, tornadoes are increasing.”[24]

In his 2014 testimony on the current state of weather extremes, Prof. Pielke said: “It is misleading, and just plain incorrect, to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally.”[25]

Tornadoes failing to follow “global warming” predictions

Big tornadoes have seen a drop in frequency since the 1950s. The years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 all saw at or near record low tornado counts in the U.S.[26]

Actual NOAA tornado data for 2016 revealed the year was one of the quietest since records began in 1954, and below average — for 5th year in a row.

The U.S. recently completed a record 11 straight years without a major (Cat 3+) hurricane strike: This streak is the longest since record-keeping began, according to NOAA data going back to 1851.[27]

Atmospheric research scientist Dr. Philip Klotzbach’s research also revealed no trend in global accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) in the past 30 years.[28]

In 2017, a NOAA study reported: “It is premature to conclude (that manmade global warming has) already had a detectable impact on” hurricanes.[29]

The Southern Hemisphere also saw its quietest hurricane season on record during the 2016-2017 season.[30]

“Droughts have, for the most part, become shorter, less frequent, and cover a smaller portion of the U.S. over the last century,” Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr., observed.[31]

A 2015 study found Megadroughts in past 2000 years were worse and lasted longer than current droughts.[32]

In 2017, drought conditions in the U.S. dropped even more as they were limited to only 1.6% of the continental U.S. — and California’s “Permanent Drought” came to an end.[33]

Dogma #10 Arctic sea ice caps are disappearing

In 2016, Arctic summer sea ice was 22% greater than it was at the satellite era low point of 2012.[34]

The 2016 Arctic sea ice minimum is now in a 10-year “pause” with “no significant change in the past decade.”[35]

Dogma #11 The Sea levels are dangerously rising

Global sea levels have been naturally rising for 20,000 years. There is no evidence of an acceleration of sea level rise, and therefore no evidence of any effect of mankind on sea levels.

According to tide gauges, sea levels are rising LESS than the thickness of one nickel (1.95 mm) per year or about the thickness of one penny (1.52 mm) a year.[36]

Dogma #12 Global warming causes wars

The data and studies reveal that warm periods coincide with less conflict.

This same argument was used by the CIA in 1974 to claim that “global cooling” would cause conflict and terrorism.[37]

The Center for Strategic and International Studies report noted the opposite of recent claims regarding “global warming” and war. “Since the dawn of civilization, warmer eras have meant fewer wars.”[38]

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[1] 65th Nobel Laureate Conference in Lindau, Germany.   July 1, 2015.

[2] UK Guardian.  Sept. 30, 2016

[3] Climate Depot Special Report.  Aug. 21, 2013.

[4] Ibid. Jan. 7, 2016.

[5] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion

[6] Ibid. November 2016.

[7] UN IPCC lead author Dr. Richard Tol. Testimony to U.S. Congress: Full Committee Hearing – Examining the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Process.  May 29, 2014.

[8] Joseph Bast and Dr. Roy Spencer. “The Myth of the Climate Change ‘97%’.” The Wall Street Journal – May 26, 2014.

[9] Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore. in Testimony before the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. Feb. 25, 2014.

[10] Geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack, former chair of Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

[11] Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer. “The Pause Lives on: Global Satellites: 2016 not Statistically Warmer than 1998.” –– Jan. 4, 2017.

[12] Dr. David Whitehouse noted the ‘temperature pause never went away’ – Jan. 19, 2017.

[13] Climate analyst Tony Heller – Real Climate Science – Feb. 14, 2017.

[14] ‘More than 700 scientists from 400 institutions in 40 countries have contributed peer-reviewed papers providing evidence that the Medieval Warm Period was real, global, and warmer than the present.’ – Mar. 8,  2013.

[15] David Rose.  UK Daily Mail.  Feb. 12, 2017.

[16] Interview with UN IPCC’s Ottmar Edenhoffer.  Nov. 13, 2010.

[17] Al Gore. Remarks at Oxford during the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment. July 7,  2009.

[18] UK Guardian.  Nov. 21, 2012.

[19] Climate data analyst John McLean. “The IPCC’s Fatal Founding Flaw.” – Quadrant Online, Jan. 17, 2013.

[20] Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr., and Daniel Sarewitz. “Climate policy robs the world’s poor of their hopes.” Financial Times, Feb. 26, 2014.

[21] Reuters. One in seven people still live without electricity. World Bank. May 19, 2015.

[22] Katy Lederer. “The Climate Summit of Money,” The New Yorker, Feb. 24, 2016.

[23] Dr. Will Happer’s remarks at climate summit sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation – Nov. 19, 2015.

[24] Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr. Congressional Hearing – House Science Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Mar. 29, 2017.

[25] Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr. Testimony to U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/07/18/prof-roger-pielke-jr-testimony-on-the-current-state-of-weather-extremes-it-is-misleading-and-just-plain-incorrect-to-claim-that-disasters-associated-with-hurricanes-tornadoes-floods-or-d/July 18, 2013.

[26] NOAA Tornado data: 2016 ‘one of the quietest years since records began in 1954’ – Below average for 5th year in a row. Nov. 12, 2016.

[27] CNSNews.com. NOAA data –  – Oct. 24, 2016.

[28] Atmospheric research scientist Dr. Philip Klotzbach.  Sept. 20, 2016.

[29] Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA . Global Warming and Hurricanes – An Overview of Current Research Results.

[30] Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue. Apr. 4, 2017.

[31] Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr. Drought analysis.  http://www.climatedepot.com/2012/09/24/prof-roger-pielke-jr-over-the-climate-time-scales-droughts-have-for-the-most-part-become-shorter-less-frequent-and-cover-a-smaller-portion-of-the-u-s-over-the-last-century/Sept. 24, 2012.

[32] The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Nov. 6, 2015.

[33] Meteorologist Paul Dorian. Vencore Weather.  Apr. 10, 2017.

[34] Danish Meteorological Institute.  Sept. 15, 2016.

[35] David Whitehouse, UK Global Warming Policy Foundation Science Editor. Sept. 16, 2016.

[36] Hockey Schtick website – Aug. 25, 2014.

[37] CIA 1974 National Security Threat: Global Cooling/Excess Arctic Ice Causing Extreme Weather.

[38] Center for Strategic and International Studies report – Dec. 21, 2012.