Canadian Economist Posts Statement Debunking Claims of NY City Pension Fund in Climate Change Lawsuit Against Oil Companies says Friends of Science

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Dr. Ross McKitrick has posted an online statement debunking claims about him and his work which were made in the NY City Pension Fund lawsuit (Case 1:18-cv-00182-JFK) against a group of oil companies. Friends of Science Society notes that according to the transcript of the American Physical Society’s climate change statement review, evidence of human-caused climate change is only seen in climate models, and the future warming projected by the simulations are greatly exaggerated.

"Carbon dioxide is not a control knob that can fine tune climate" - Judith Curry, Atmospheric Scientist, Georgia Tech

Social Costs of Carbon – or carbon taxes – are correlated to faulty climate models that exaggerate warming, thus resulting in exaggerated assessments of potential damages.

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Friends of Science Society reports that on Jan. 15, 2018, Dr. Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at the University of Guelph, posted an online statement disputing claims made about his work on climate change issues and his colleagues, which had been published in the New York City Pension Fund lawsuit (Case 1:18-cv-00182-JFK) reported Jan. 10, 2018 in the New York Times.

According to the New York Times report, the NY City Pension Fund claims that major oil companies “were aware for years that burning fossil fuels caused climate change but hid the conclusions of their own scientists.” In principle, the suit blames oil companies for damages such as those caused by Superstorm Sandy which they equate with human-caused climate change due to the use of oil, gas and coal which emit greenhouse gases (GHGs).

By association, the NY City Pension Fund suit claims that Dr. McKitrick and Canada’s Fraser Institute had been funded by Exxon, one of the companies named in the suit, to publish “climate denialism” – a charge refuted in McKitrick’s statement.

Friends of Science Society says that according to the transcript of the American Physical Society (APS) “Climate Change Statement Review” workshop of Jan. 8, 2014, it was revealed that centennial projections published in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports were known to be too high and that the ‘evidence’ of human influence lies in computer models, not observations.

A participant of the APS workshop, Dr. John Christy, testified to the US Senate Science Committee on March 29, 2017 that information in the most recent IPCC report illustrates that almost all the warming since 1950 was due to natural factors, not human emissions of greenhouse gases.

According to testimony to the US Senate by Dr. Judith Curry of Jan. 16, 2014, the IPCC does not see extreme weather events (such as Superstorm Sandy) as stemming from human induced climate change. LINK: curryja.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/curry-senatetestimony-2014-final.pdf

Friends of Science Society hosted Dr. McKitrick at their annual event in May of 2014 where he spoke on “The Pause in Global Warming: Climate Policy Implications” wherein he demonstrated that the Social Costs of Carbon – or carbon taxes – are correlated to faulty climate models that exaggerate warming, thus resulting in exaggerated assessments of potential damages.
LINK: friendsofscience.org/index.php?id=750

Friends of Science Society holds the view that the sun is the main direct and indirect driver of climate change, along with natural earth factors like ocean cycles.

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