Dutch Scientist Claims Democracy Undermined by Dismissal of Scientific Criticism of Costly Global Warming and Climate Change Policies say Friends of Science

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Secretary Kerry recently claimed Indonesia was at risk of sea level rise due to global warming and climate change, dismissing the objections of what he calls a “tiny minority of shoddy scientists”; a recent guest column by Dutch professor emeritus Dick Thoenes of Eindhoven University states that attacks on such scientists undermines democracy. The Dutch government itself calls for an overhaul of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to include natural factors as well as human factors in climate assessments.

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I see this situation as a serious undermining of democracy. It has been the basis for totally misguided government policies that cost taxpayers billions each year. In these times of additional cuts it is absurd that this waste of money is continuing

Secretary Kerry mocked climate change challengers in his Feb. 16, 2014 address in Jakarta, Indonesia making the unfounded statement the islands were at risk of sea level rise due to climate change, but from the Netherlands, Professor Emeritus Dick Thoenes of Eindhoven University, writes that democracy itself is being undermined by such attacks on serious scientists who dispute the 'dangerous climate change' rhetoric associated with Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory, say Friends of Science.

As reported in Holland’s “DE DAGELIJKSE STANDAARD” (The Daily Standard -Translation) of March 08, 2014, Thoenes writes: “The serious scientists who object to this (AGW) on scientific grounds, are not heard and dismissed as bad guys. This is of course ultimately an unsustainable situation. Nevertheless, it has been going on since around 1996, about 18 years....I see this situation as a serious undermining of democracy. It has been the basis for totally misguided government policies that cost taxpayers billions each year. In these times of additional cuts it is absurd that this waste of money is continuing.”

Thoenes is a co-author with Arthur Rörsch of the 2005 paper “Climate Change on a Watery Planet,” published by Veen Magazines, Diemen. An English translation is posted on the Friends of Science website.

In contrast to Secretary Kerry’s frightening statements that Indonesia might sink under rising sea levels due to ‘carbon pollution,’ evidence over the past 50 years shows that “... sea level is only inching up at a rate of about 20 to 30 centimeters per hundred years (or about 7 to 11 inches...)” according to a September 10, 2013 World Climate Report by Dr. Patrick Michaels, who also said “there remains no evidence for a climate-related acceleration.”

Friends of Science say the Netherlands have the most to lose if rising sea levels are the climate change risk, as claimed by Kerry. Some 20% of Holland’s land and 21% of its population are below sea level, and 50% just one meter above.

Historically, from 1200 to1362 some 100,000 people were drowned in storm surges similar to those recently witnessed in England, known by the Dutch as “De Grote Mendrenke” (Great Drowning of Men).

In contemporary times, on the night of January 31st and morning of February 1st, 1953, North Sea storm flood surges killed hundreds and devastated the Province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, and much of the North Sea coasts Britain and Scotland, leading to the construction of the Delta Works in Holland and the Thames Barrier of England.

The US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works has heard testimony Jan. 16, 2014 by Judith Curry, the testimony of Roger Pielke Jr. July 18, 2013 and has posted statements from the hundreds of scientists listed in the Senate Minority Report of Dec. 20, 2007 who continue to challenge the climate science ‘consensus’ on carbon dioxide's role or 'dangerous' AGW today. There have been 16+ years with no global warming despite a rise in carbon dioxide (CO2).

The Dutch government is demanding that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change be revamped to include natural factors like solar cycles, and atmospheric and ocean current oscillations instead of the sole focus on human-causes of climate change.

Ironically, the Obama administration is pushing for more regulation on carbon emissions at a time when the climate sensitivity of carbon dioxide is questioned.

US Chamber of Commerce has filed an economic argument against more regulations with the Supreme Court.

Far from a toxin or pollutant, carbon dioxide is a principal element in many food and industrial processes including pop and beer.


Friends of Science have spent a decade reviewing a broad spectrum of literature on climate change and have concluded the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2). The core group of the Friends of Science is made up of retired earth and atmospheric scientists.

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