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A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014: The Case against Harmful Climate Policies Gets Stronger

April 29, 2015

This document titled "A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014: The Case against Harmful Climate Policies Gets Stronger," by the Cornwall Alliance is composed of three major sections. The first section is an introduction written by E.

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This document titled "A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014: The Case against Harmful Climate Policies Gets Stronger," by the Cornwall Alliance is composed of three major sections. The first section is an introduction written by E. Calvin Beisner, Founder and National Spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance. This section, titled "Why Climate Policy Matters to Evangelical Christians," weighs the pros and cons of the EPA's proposed 30% reduction in CO2. In Beisner's view, the costs far outweigh the benefits. The proposed regulation would cost everybody in the form of higher energy prices. Also, this effect would disproportionately harm the poor. On the other hand, the benefits would, by the EPA's own admission, be indiscernible. The second section, titled "Greenhouse Gases and Warming of the Earth," is written by David R. Legates, Professor of Climatology. This section focuses on the question of how much of an impact humans have on the climate. Legates explains that climate is not as sensitive to CO2 increases as previously thought and the failure of the UN climate models highlights this fact. The third section, titled "Climate Policy, Economics, and the Poor," is written by G. Cornelis van Kooten, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies. Kooten, a "reluctant contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report," discusses the process the report went through and its conclusions. Kooten explains that the conclusions of the IPCC, including the idea that global warming is man made, were wrong because they were based off of faulty models. Kooten examines the implications of potential solutions before offering policy ideas designed to mitigate global warming if the need arises. 

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David Legates, Ph.D., is professor of climatology in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware.
legates@udel.edu