June 2, 2017 (four months from today) will be the 25 year anniversary of the Heidelberg Appeal. This historical document signed by more than 4,000 distinguished scientists, including 70 Nobel Laureates, was released in the beginning of the infamous “Earth Summit” (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) to oppose environmental obscurantism, including climate alarmism. Among other things, the Heidelberg Appeal said:
We want to make our full contribution to the preservation of our common heritage, the Earth.
We are, however, worried at the dawn of the twenty-first century, at the emergence of an irrational ideology which is opposed to scientific and industrial progress and impedes economic and social development.
We contend that a Natural State, sometimes idealized by movements with a tendency to look toward the past, does not exist and has probably never existed …
We intend to assert science’s responsibility and duties toward society as a whole.
We do, however, forewarn the authorities in charge of our planet’s destiny against decisions which are supported by pseudoscientific arguments of false and nonrelevant date.
The greatest evils which stalk our Earth are ignorance and oppression, and not Science, Technology, and Industry …
These wise words by the most distinguished scientists in the world were dismissed by climate alarmism mouthpieces using their standard smear template. Sourcewatch (a website of The Center for Media and Democracy) absurdly alleged that the Heidelberg Appeal had been “released by a group of climate-change deniers,” “extended by the tobacco industry,” and was “a scam perpetrated by the asbestos and tobacco industries.”
The same mouthpieces and their followers dismissed the Oregon Petition on the grounds that there were few prank signatures among some five thousand signatures collected over the internet. Most of the 32,000+ signatories of the Oregon Petition personally signed a hard copy of the document.
These and other appeals, petitions, and declarations by distinguished scientists against climate alarmism have been largely ignored by the formerly mainstream media and buried in slander by alarmist front groups and hard Left mouthpieces.