Hundreds of scientists demand Trump drop US from UN climate scheme

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Hundreds of scientists have signed on to a formal letter demanding President Donald Trump withdraw the United States from the United Nations’ Paris climate scheme.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been an outspoken supporter of U.N. climate programs and Barack Obama’s carbon tax. Trump’s daughter and unofficial senior policy adviser Ivanka Trump is also pressuring her father to keep the U.S. in the program, which would require America to downsize its economy, lower Americans’ standard of living and crack down on personal freedoms.

Farm equipment, wood stoves and personal generators could be banned or heavily regulated under the U.N. scheme.

The petition reads:

“We urge the United States government, and others, to withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We support reasonable and cost-effective environmental protection. But carbon dioxide, the target of the UNFCCC, is not a pollutant but a major benefit to agriculture and other life on Earth. Observations since the UNFCCC was written 25 years ago show that warming from increased atmospheric CO2 will be benign — much less than initial model predictions.”

Many of the scientists are part of the CO2 Coalition, which educates citizens and lawmakers on the actual science behind carbon dioxide and climate.

“Since 2009, the U.S. and other governments have undertaken a number of actions with respect to global climate that are not scientifically justified and that already have and will continue to cause a great deal of pointless social and economic harm. While we support effective, affordable, reasonable and direct controls on conventional environmental pollutants, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. To the contrary, there is good and growing evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful to food crops and other plants that nourish all life. It’s plant food, not poison,” says Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Professor Emeritus at MIT and a Member of National Academy of Sciences, who created the petition.