Open Letter to Climate Change Minister Nick Smith
From retired climate scientist Dr Gerrit van der Lingen, of Christchurch
16 October 2009
I am very disappointed about your actions in your global warming portfolio. You heard my two lectures on this subject at
the Summer Sounds Symposia of 2003 and 2006. Because there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that human greenhouse
gas emissions are causing catastrophic global warming, thousands of scientists consider this the biggest scam in human
history. My wife Marianne and I last talked to you at the pre-dinner drinks at the Annual Conference of Architectural
Designers last year. We discussed global warming and you said that you agreed with me. Your actions prove the opposite.
You are a scientist and should therefore be able to evaluate the science. But you are also a politician and obviously
see political advantage in pushing the global warming dogma. This is sad, but then, you are one of many politicians
worldwide who support this ideology. There are few politicians who dare to stand up against this madness. One prominent
one is Vaclav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic . He correctly sees this global mass hysteria as a major threat
to democratic freedoms. He even wrote a book, title Blue Planet in Green Shackles.
Warmaholics like to say that there is consensus among scientists about dangerous man-made global warming. This is a
blatant lie. Only recently, 32,000 American scientists, among them more than 9,000 PhDs, signed a petition to Congress
in which they expressed serious doubt about the science behind the dogma. About $80 billion dollars have been spent in
the past decade on climate research. No wonder many scientists cannot withstand the lure of the global warming gravy
train. Generous research grants, travel to many conferences in exotic places, etc. The Americans call them rent-seekers.
Your support of this scam is bound to backfire on you. There are many signs that the bubble is bursting. The planet has
been cooling for the last decade. Peer-reviewed publications are suggesting that we may be in for a cooling period that
could last several decades. This has caused warmaholics to panic. They are reacting shriller and shriller. Propaganda
temperatures have increased substantially in the lead-up to the Copenhagen conference.
Real-world data (NOT computer models) indicating cooling are: (1) the sun has been exceptionally quiet. Most of the time
there are no sunspots at all. The sun is quieter than it has been in a hundred years. (2) The Pacific Decadal
Oscillation (PDO) has entered its cool phase. The PDO alternates between warm and cool periods, each lasting about 25 to
30 years. (3) The oceans have been cooling. This information comes from the 3000 ARGO floats scattered over all the
oceans and seas that measure continuously the water temperatures up to 2000 metres depth, (4) Sea-ice cover around
Antarctica has been the largest since satellite measurements began, (5) summer Arctic sea-ice cover was lowest in 2007.
Since than it has increased again. Last summer saw 500,000 square km more sea-ice than in 2007.
Signs are that it is very unlikely that a global agreement on a successor of the Kyoto Protocol will be reached in
Copenhagen. So why are you pushing to get the ETS bill passed before Copenhagen? Why are you boasting that New Zealand
will be the first to include agriculture in the ETS bill? Saying that ruminant methane emissions account for half our
GHG emissions and should be reduced is a travesty of reality and science. I wrote an article on ruminant emissions for
the farmer’s magazine Country Wide. You can find it here:
You may also be interested in an article I recently wrote for the magazine Energy NZ. I attach a copy.
How much a threat to democracy the scam is, is shown by the undue haste you are trying to ram through this ETS bill. But
especially the farce of submissions to the Select Committee and now the present insulting haste to give people a chance
to make oral submissions to the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee. Shame on you!
We have tried to wake up people to the consequences of this draconian ETS Bill, which is not much better than Labour’s
one. I am disappointed that for instance the Maoris are only now waking up to what the ETS bill will do to their
extensive forest holdings. They can’t say that they were not warned. Last year I appeared twice on Vapi Kupenga’s
Auckland Maori talk-back show, Twice I warned Maori about the detrimental effects of the ETS bill on their well-being,
and especially on their forest holdings. The only reaction I got was praise from Titiwhai Hariwera.
I will finish by putting a challenge to you. Recently an authoritative and definitive answer to the IPCC 2007 report was
published in the US. The hefty, 868-page tome, titled Climate Change Reconsidered, was written by the NIPCC
(Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change). It reads easily and every argument and statement is backed up
by references to the peer-reviewed literature. They looked at the same publications used by the IPCC, PLUS many
peer-reviewed papers ignored by the IPCC because they did not fit in with their dogma. The IPCC is a political UN
organization. They are not a neutral scientific organization. They are blatant advocates of the catastrophic man-made
global warming dogma. Their only “proof” is non-validated computer models and gut-feelings. I challenge you, as a
scientist, to read this book (you can order it from Amazon.com) and come back to me explaining where you disagree with
it (in case you do), and explain why.
With kind regards
Dr Gerrit van der Lingen
Later note from Dr van der Lingen:
I received the following answer from his private secretary, Corisha Brain, dated 20 October:
Dear Gerrit van der Lingen
On behalf of the Hon. Dr Nick Smith, Minister for Climate Change Issues, I acknowledge receipt of your email, received
16-Oct-09, regarding the ETS.
Consideration is currently being given to the matters you raise in your letter and you may expect a reply at the
Minister’s earliest opportunity.
Private Secretary – Climate Change
It is now 18 November and I am still waiting for Nick Smith’s reply. I don’t expect one.