Climate Science is NOT Settled

A Statement by Viv Forbes, Founding Secretary of “Clexit” 
31 August 2016

For at least a decade we have been told by the UN/IPCC, by most government media and officials, by many politicians, and by the Green “charities” and their media friends that “the science is settled”. 

We are lectured by Hollywood stars, failed politicians and billionaire speculators that anyone who opposes the World War on Carbon Dioxide is ignorant, mischievous or supporting some hidden vested interest. We endure calls for an end to free speech for climate sceptics, smearing with derogatory terms like “denier”, and even aggressive punishments like dismissal and legal action against sceptics for speaking out. The new low is the use of anti-racketeer legislation against sceptics.
We notice the sudden and unexplained denial of pre-booked sceptic conference facilities and the steadfast refusal of alarmists to debate facts and issues.

Why are they so afraid of words? Surely this is a sign that their facts are shonky and their arguments are feeble? They fear they are losing the confidence of the public.
The tide is turning, and informed opposition is growing. It is time for the thinking media to give sceptical evidence and conclusions a fair go in the court of public opinion.
In a short time with no costly international meetings and very little publicity, Clexit has gathered the
support of over 115 members in 20 countries. Please look at the list of Foundation Members and countries:

Look at the skills, qualifications, experience and wisdom of our founding members; and the many other well-qualified dissenters listed at the end. The science is not settled.
This global warming alarm started with UN sponsored groups such as the IPCC. But Clexit has members who were official IPCC reviewers but they dissented from the final public IPCC reports which were prepared by political appointees.
The climate alarm rests totally on computerised models of atmospheric physics. But Clexit has highly qualified meteorologists, physicists, astro-physicists, radiation experts, climate modellers and long-range forecasters who reject the science, maths, assumptions and forecasts of the greenhouse-driven computer models.
We are told that Earth’s climate is controlled by the gradual increase of a tiny trace of one colourless gas in the atmosphere. But Clexit has specialists who can show that the warm and cold currents in the deep and extensive oceans, the variable water vapour in the atmosphere and Earth’s changing cover of ice, snow and clouds have far more effect on weather and climate than carbon dioxide.
We are told that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. But Clexit has organic chemists, biologists, physicians, naturalists, graziers, foresters and farmers who know that extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is very beneficial for Earth’s biosphere – deserts are contracting, bush and forests are expanding, and crop yields are up.
We are told that sea levels are rising alarmingly. But Clexit has experts on sea level history and measurement who can prove that there is nothing unusual or alarming about current fluctuations in sea levels.
We are told that today’s climate is extreme and unusual. But Clexit has geologists and geographers who have studied eons of climate history via ice cores, stratigraphy, paleontology, deep-sea drilling, historical records, glaciers, ice sheets and landscapes and who say that climate change is normal and today’s climate is not extreme or unusual.
We are told to fear the coming global warming. But Clexit has geologists and researchers who have studied the cycles of the ice ages and the climate effects of the Milankovitch cycles in Earth’s orbit – obliquity, eccentricity and precession. They say we have passed the peak of this modern warm era and the long-term trend is now towards global cooling. We will still have short-term periods of hot and extreme weather, and some heat records may still be broken, but the 1,000 year climate averages are trending down towards the next glacial epoch of the Pleistocene Ice Age.
We are told repeatedly that the Great Barrier Reef is doomed by dangers that change annually – rising seas, river sediments, warm seas, ocean acidity, fertiliser run-off, coal port development, over-fishing or marauding star-fish. But Clexit has qualified members who have studied oceanography and ancient and modern corals and report that the Reef is healthy, and corals have survived far more dramatic changes in sea levels and climate in the past.
Solar cycles get no consideration in the IPCC climate models but Clexit has astro-physicists and long range weather forecasters who have demonstrated that solar and lunar cycles have big effects on Earth’s climate and weather cycles. In addition, while billions of dollars are spent fruitlessly on failed climate models and endless climate conferences, little is known about the strings of undersea volcanoes or how much geothermal heat is released from Earth’s molten interior during orogenic upheavals.
We are told that we must embrace green energy. But Clexit has power engineers and logistics experts who say that wind and solar can never run modern industrial societies, modern transport or big cities. Such a policy is a recipe for blackouts and starvation. Clexit also has naturalists and conservationists who see more harm than good in extensive wind, solar and bio-fuel developments.
Finally, we are told that to save the world we need to hand powerful taxing and regulating powers to unelected officials of the United Nations. But Clexit has politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, columnists, lawyers, army officers and bloggers who see that this political agenda will destroy the freedoms we cherish.
Many Clexit members have held very senior positions in research, industry or academia but no longer have sensitive positions, careers or incomes to protect, so are free to express honest opinions, which they have done by supporting “Clexit”.
We ask the media to give our soundly-based dissenting conclusions a fair hearing – there are two sides to most stories, but only one side is being aired.
The Clexit initiative was launched with no budget, promises or funds. So, unlike the alarmists with an agenda, those receiving rivers of government funds and those posing as tax-exempt charities, we cannot afford massive advertising costs.
We hope, in the interests of fair play, you see fit to give our valid concerns some space in the free media.

Note: The first informal meeting of many Clexit members will take place in London on Sept 8/9, 2016 at this conference (whose first booked venue was suddenly withdrawn):

Disclosure: The formation of Clexit was not prompted or supported by any industry, corporation, group or lobby nor have they had any say in our statements or conclusions.

Viv Forbes,
Secretary, Clexit
Rosewood    Qld   Australia
Phone +61 754 640 533

The Clexit Coalition grows and will not be silenced.Harmful, Costly, Unscientific Climate Treaties should be torn up: 


  1. I would like to see some of these reports that you claim Clexit has... There are thousands of reports out there on how Human's emissions of Greenhouse Gases are impacting on the world's climate. There are thousands more on the potential for renewable energy to make a difference reducing emissions and provide a more sustainable source of power. There are countries running on 80-100% Renewable Energy so we know its possible!

    You have just done a lot of "profession name" dropping in this post "We have engineers, Oceanographers etc.", we have no idea who these people are, how we know they really are a part of Clexit and any thing about the research they have done or what the results are.

    There is no scientific validity in this post. I am curious to see what Climate Change Skeptics actually hold to, what research they have done, but have been abysmally disappointed by this blog. Since it seems to be the main place for Climate Skeptics, I will be lead to believe there is no validity or scientific reasoning behind your skepticism. Please prove me wrong. Tell us some useful information about all these experts you have and what their research actually is.

    1. Hello Unknown.

      Why do you hide behind a psuedonym?

      You ask:

      "Tell us some useful information about all these experts you have and what their research actually is."

      Well, you could start with the NIPPC reports


      "The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) is an international panel of nongovernment scientists and scholars who have come together to present a comprehensive, authoritative, and realistic assessment of the science and economics of global warming. Because it is not a government agency, and because its members are not predisposed to believe climate change is caused by human greenhouse gas emissions, NIPCC is able to offer an independent “second opinion” of the evidence reviewed – or not reviewed – by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the issue of global warming."

  2. Like all of the left/green cohort, "unknown" is a coward and is embarrassed to to reveal his identity. "Unkown's" ignorance is laid bare in such bizarre notions of entire countries operating on so-called "renewables" when in fact "renewables" (apart from Hydro) are responsible for less than 1% of the world's energy supply. "Unknown" referes to the "world's climate", completely ignorant of the fact that "climate" is a regional parameter. The world does not have a "climate". Look it up in your Funk 'n' Wagnalls.

  3. If you want to understand the correct physics which explains all temperatures and the required heat transfer mechanisms for all planets (and is supported by copious evidence) visit and also my blog where there's AU $10,000 offered for five years (ending March 2018) for the first to prove me wrong.

    You too might do well to digest the last paragraph of a review of my book: "I cannot think of a scientific author who has ever been more wrongly maligned and vilified by vested interests than Doug Cotton. I highly recommend this book to all who decide scientific merit based on the quality of argument and evidence as opposed to consensus of the day."

    Douglas Cotton B.Sc (physics), B.A.(economics), Dip.Bus.Admin.

    Awarded scholarship by the Physics Dept of Sydney University in the 1960's. Researcher into Atmospheric Physics and Climate Change, Author of published articles and papers thereon, including "Planetary Core and Surface Temperatures," "Radiated Energy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics" and the book "Why It's Not Carbon Dioxide After All" and the websites, the blog and also videos that are linked from my websites.

  4. Hi Viv,

    Dear old Dougy Cotton proudly boasts about the 9th Oct. 2016 5-star review "Groundbreaking work" by one Sophia Wells of his self-published booklet "Why it's not carbon dioxide after all" ( but understandably chooses to ignore the 6th Nov. 2014 1-star review "confused nonsense" by one AHistory&BiographyLover. That review begins "If you are looking for an example of how confusion can be expressed in hand waving and scientific jargon and sold through a “self-publisher”, this book is for you.
    Mr. Cotton’s book has many misconceptions" ("29 of 34 people found the following review helpful" compared with "1 of 1 people found the following review helpful" for the review by "Sophia").

    You should find of interest the numerous ongoing exchanges between the reviewer, Dougy and me that followed that scathing review
    ( ).

    Best regards, Pete Ridley

  5. Since I posted my comment here in ajanuary about the scathing 1-star review ("confused nonsense") of Doug Cotton's self-published booklet there were over 200 exchanges between critics of the booklet and Doug. Now all of Doug's comments on ALL of the Amazon reviews of his booklet have been removed by Amazon itself. It appears that it is not only blogs that ultimately conclude that Doug's nonsense is unwelcome.

    1. And how many of your comments on forums have been removed over the years Mr. Ridley? How many forums have you been banned from for creepy cyber-stalking? People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. All the best to you and Davinia...hope to catch up with you soon...I really miss The Chequers on Coopers Lane.


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