- including mining engineers and geologists -
have signed an international declaration
claiming 'there is no climate emergency'.
Photograph: Meredith O'Shea/The Guardian
and business leaders
among those joining Clintel group
targeting United Nations...
Several of the signatories to the group - which described itself as Clintel - have high-level links to conservative politics, industry and mining.
They include Hugh Morgan, a former president of the Business Council of Australia, and Ian Plimer, a director on Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill Holdings iron ore project.
The move was designed to coincide with the UN's climate action summit and general assembly in New York.
Also signing the declaration is Dr Peter Ridd, the former James Cook University scientist who claims that devastating bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef are not driven by climate change...
Ridd was backed by Queensland's beef and sugar cane industries to deliver a speaking tour in an attempt to undermine the science linking run-off from farms and poor water quality to coral declines.
His views have helped force a Coalition-backed Senate inquiry into reef science.
The former chief scientist Ian Chubb compared Ridd's efforts to the misinformation campaigns run by the tobacco industry on the impacts of cigarettes on public health.
The Clintel group describes itself as,
...but it bears similarities to at least one previous network.
In an open letter addressed to the UN secretary general, António Guterres, and the United Nations' chief climate negotiator, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, the group describes the benefits of cutting greenhouse gas emissions as "imagined".
The letter repeats well-worn and long-debunked talking points on climate change that are contradicted by "scientific" institutions and "academies" around the world, as well as the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The letter says:
The prominent Clintel member Hugh Morgan, a former chief executive of the Western Mining Corporation, was until his resignation in 2017 a founding director and shareholder in the Cormack Foundation - a $70m funding vehicle for the Liberal party.
In 2016 Morgan co-signed a climate science denial statement from a group calling itself "Clexit" and formed in the wake of the UK's Brexit vote.
That group, which had many of the same members and organizers as the Clintel group, described human-caused climate change as a "mass delusion" and claimed that adding CO2 to the atmosphere would be good for the planet.
The Clexit group said nations,
This week a report for the UN climate summit reiterated the "catastrophic" consequences for human society of continued fossil fuel burning...