The Global Warming Petition Project is a petition that originated in 1998 in response to assertions that global warming is caused by humans. The petition project, organized by scientific researchers, is designed to press the United States government to reject the greenhouse gasses emissions regulations asserted by the international treaty, the Kyoto Protocol.
The Kyoto Protocol
originated in 1997 in Japan and according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, it is an international agreement, "which commits its Parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets." The Kyoto Protocol places a higher responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions on developed countries. Tracking, compliance systems, and reporting methods have been imposed by the protocol to enforce an "emission reduction regime."
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The Global Warming Petition Project
asserts, "There no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate." Further, rather than being detrimental, the petition asserts that increased carbon dioxide may actually have "beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
Originally circulated by president of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, Arthur B. Robinson, the purpose of the Global Warming Petition is to demonstrate that what appears to be a consensus and "settled science" on "human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong."
More than 30,000 qualified Americans have signed the Global Warming Petition and they remain skeptical that the evidence presented to support the theory of anthropogenic global warming is valid. These signatures do seem to demonstrate that there is a lack of consensus on the issue.
In the current climate of scientific and political global warming debate, the Global Warming Petition Project has been harshly criticized by the media and the global warming establishment that includes scientists, politicians, and environmentalists. For example, The Huffington Post
called the petition "easily-debunked propaganda." On the other hand, support for the petition continues to grow as indicated by an article in Forbes
, which purports that a recent survey by Organization Studies reveals that only a minority of scientists believe that humans are the cause of global warming.
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