Cornwall Alliance Releases Open Letter and Petition on Climate to American People and Leaders

Cornwall Alliance

Over 300 scientists, religious leaders, and others have signed an open letter to the American people and their elected leaders opposing policies meant to fight manmade global warming.

An Open Letter on Climate Change to the People, their Local Representatives, the State Legislatures and Governors, the Congress, and the President of the United States of America” argues, among other things:

  1. Computer climate models have been falsified by actual temperature records, leaving fears of dangerous manmade warming baseless.
  2. Fossil fuels, which provide about 85 percent of the world’s energy, are the most abundant, affordable, reliable source for the energy essential to lifting and keeping societies out of poverty.
  3. Policies to reduce fossil fuel use to fight global warming not only are useless but also would waste trillions of dollars that could be spent addressing much more urgent problems for the poor around the world.

“The poor, whether in America or elsewhere, will suffer most from such policies,” the letter says. “The world’s poorest—the 1.3 billion in developing countries who depend on wood and dried dung as primary cooking and heating fuels, smoke from which kills 4 million and temporarily debilitates hundreds of millions every year—will be condemned to more generations of poverty and its deadly consequences.”

At the same time, the Cornwall Alliance introduced a brief “Petition: For the Sake of the Poor, Don’t Fight Global Warming!” based on the open letter.The petition asks President Obama, Congress, state governors and legislatures, and county and city governments “to repeal all policies previously adopted to fight global warming and not to adopt new ones (such as the currently proposed ‘Clean Power Plan’)” and President Obama and the U.S. Senate “to refrain from embracing any global treaty or agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.”

Sign the petition here. Then encourage others to join you by forwarding this email to them or posting the link on Facebook and other social media.

What can you do with the open letter? Print it, give it to friends and pastors, send it to your elected officials at city, county, state, and federal levels, and to your local newspaper editors. Promote it through Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, and other social media.


The 4-page open letter was signed by over 175 scientists and engineers (including over 20 climate scientists) and over 50 religious leaders, philosophers, and ethicists, plus scholars in business, economics, and other fields. They include 125 Ph.D.’s and other terminal degrees—10 in climate fields, 13 in biology, 9 in chemistry, 12 in engineering, 8 in physics, 6 in mathematics, 14 in theology, and 12 in philosophy, among others—and 80 master’s degrees (over 30 in science) and over 60 bachelor’s degrees (43 in science). Signers include nearly 140 evangelicals, 59 Roman Catholics, and 51 Mainline Protestants, plus Eastern Orthodox, Jews, and others.

Some of the more prominent signers include:

  • Donna Fitzpatrick Bethell, former Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Freeman Dyson, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, one of the world’s foremost physicists
  • Kenneth W. Chilton, Senior Environmental Fellow, Lindenwood University
  • John Coleman and Joseph D’Aleo, meteorologists and co-founders of The Weather Channel
  • Mark Coppenger, Professor of Christian Apologetics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Harold H. Doiron, Chairman, The Right Climate Stuff Research Team, former engineer in NASA’s Apollo, Space Shuttle, and Space Station programs
  • Neil Frank, former Director, National Hurricane Center
  • George Grant, Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church, King’s Meadow Study Center, Chalmers Fund, popular Christian author and leader in home school movement
  • William M. Gray, Professor Emeritus and Head of the Tropical Meteorology Project, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, one of the world’s foremost hurricane specialists
  • Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
  • William Happer, Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics (Emeritus), Princeton University; former Director, Office of Science; Fellow of the American Physical Society; U.S. Department of Energy
  • David J. Hesselgrave, Professor Emeritus of Missions, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Madhav L Khandekar, meteorologist, retired staff scientist, Environment Canada
  • Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
  • Rabbi Daniel Lapin, President, American Alliance of Jews and Christians
  • David R. Legates, Professor of Climatology and Geography, University of Delaware
  • Mark J. Perry, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
  • Jay Richards, Assistant Research Professor, The Catholic University of America
  • Roy W. Spencer, Principal Research Scientist, The University of Alabama in Huntsville; U.S. Science Team Leader, Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer aboard NASA’s Aqua Satellite, source of the world’s most reliable global temperature data
  • Mark Tooley, President, Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • Melinda Walker, Chair & Professor of Biology, Charleston Southern University
  • David F. Wells, Distinguished Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Kathleen Hartnett White, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Wendy Wright,, Vice President, Center for Family and Human Rights
  • Elizabeth Yore, International Child Rights Attorney,

Standing for the Poor,

E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D.,
Founder & National Spokesman

The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation seeks to magnify the glory of God in creation, the wisdom of His truth in environmental stewardship, the kindness of His mercy in lifting the needy out of poverty, and the wonders of His grace in the gospel of Jesus Christ. A coalition of theologians, pastors, ministry leaders, scientists, economists, policy experts, and committed laymen, the Cornwall Alliance is the world’s leading evangelical voice promoting environmental stewardship and economic development built on Biblical principles. The Cornwall Alliance is a non-profit religious, charitable, and educational organization. All gifts are tax deductible.


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