Is climate change really the existential crisis of our time? According to Cal Thomas, 1,609 scientists, including two Nobel Prize winners, publicly say it is not. They have signed the World Climate Declaration (WCD) after examining the existing data and computer simulations. The WCD states that the Earth’s climate has always varied, with natural cold and warm phases, and the Little Ice Age ended in 1850. Thus, the current period of warming should not come as a surprise.
The WCD further observes that the world has warmed significantly less than predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), indicating that our understanding of climate change is far from complete. This highlights the importance of questioning and testing theories, which is the essence of science. Settled science is a phrase that reflects a political stance rather than a scientific one. In contrast, theories like relativity and quantum mechanics are constantly examined and tested for their accuracy and applicability.
So why is there such political hysteria surrounding climate change? Chet Sullivan, the author of this opinion piece, raises this question and invites readers to join the conversation by submitting their own letters to the editor or guest columns.