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By Dennis T. Avery
The Heartland Institute had hoped to stir controversy over the “settled science” of the global warming alarmists, and it succeeded — but the billboard was removed after the first day, amid a fluster of outrage from global warming alarmists. A flow of harsh emails is being sent to everyone ever associated with the Heartland Institute.
I am listed as a Heartland Expert and have spoken on the natural 1,500-year climate cycle at two of the Heartland Experts' international global-warming skeptics’ conferences. It’s my contention, and that of many well-qualified scientists, that the natural solar-driven cycle explains most of the earth’s recent warming. My book, with co-author Fred Singer, is Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years.
I got the following this week from a blog called BigCityLib:
“A number of scientists have asked that they be removed from the HI list of experts because of this billboard campaign, and a number of sponsors have withdrawn their funding. I wonder if you will continue to be associated with them (Heartland)? And may I publish any response here: http>//bigcitylib.blolgspot.ca/? M. J. Murphy, BCL”
“The earth’s hundreds of previous global warmings have been the good times, for humans and other life forms, and this will continue to be true. The appropriate policy today is to produce still more fertilizer and invest in research to get still-higher crop yields to feed a peak population of 8.1 billion people in 2050. Without displacing more of the planet’s wildlife. (By 2300, the UN’s Low Variant Projection says human numbers will have declined to 2.3 billion, due to the low birth rates that accord with low death rates. Your frantic fear of 'overpopulation' will have faded into the mists.)"
“Do not destroy our vital energy systems: Relying on solar and wind would achieve the Greenpeace goal of fewer people, through ghastly hardships. Would that qualify as mass murder? Nor would this ‘save the planet.’ Hungry people eat the wildlife before they starve."
"I think the billboard was an effective way to carry this message beyond the current 'skeptic' ranks. I continue to be amazed at the “religious” belief of BigCityLiberals in a theory that has been betrayed by (1) the existence of the D-O cycle, which has been known now for the 28 years it won for Dansgaard and Oeschger the “environmental Nobel,” the Tyler Prize; (2) the non-warming of the past 15 years, which defies the Greenhouse Theory; (3) the falsification of the global climate models’ predictions; and (4) the historical pattern of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, which tells us that the current global cooling is likely to last decades more and will thus destroy the man-made warming campaign."
“May I publish your decision to renounce the man-made warming campaign and thus spare the public some of the anguish that has been inflicted by this well-meant but now obviously misguided effort? Dennis Avery”
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Dennis T. Avery is an environmental economist for the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as Director of the
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the Planet With Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of High-Yield Farming (Washington, D.C.: Hudson
Institute, 1995 and 2000), continues to be popular as a readable overview of realistic agriculture for the future and for today.
Readers may write Avery at Post Office Box 202, Churchville, Virginia, 24421; email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the CGFI
website at www.cgfi.org
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