This letter was sent to SPE President by Jack Threet A retired Vice President of Shell, Oil with his comments on the SPE Task Force on Climate Change. This an exact copy provided to Louis W Powers
Sent: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 12:12 am
Subject: CLIMATE CHANGE
To the President of SPE, Janeen Judah
Dear Ms Judah,
I have read with interest your article in SPE’s Journal of Technology June 2017
and also Dr Trey Shaffer’s presentation of the organization and conclusions reached by SPE’s Task Force on Climate Change.
As a professional Earth scientist all my adult life I must challenge the views expressed by both you and the Task Force on Climate Change.
My work experience includes 65 years in oil, gas and minerals exploration and production, at home and abroad, including nearly 40 years with Shell Oil Company where I was Head of Exploration for the last 9 years of my Shell career. Throughout my entire career the gathering and analysis of SCIENTIFIC data to interpret and understand the history of planet Earth were always of the utmost importance.
With that as background I respectfully submit to you the following comments for your consideration, starting with SPE’s Task Force on Climate Change.
Regrettably, had SPE, a scientific and professional society, started with a task force
instructed to find SCIENCE-BASED DRIVERS of climate change in descending order of magnitude they never would have developed this HOUSE OF CARDS approach.
Since the creation of Earth, long before man, Earth has experienced numerous periodic major and minor climate changes driven by very difficult to quantify natural variations in solar activity, Earth’s orbit around the sun, ocean currents, volcanic activity and more. These same natural variations continued after man first inhabited Earth and are continuing to drive climate change today.
Thus, I have no reason whatsoever to doubt or deny climate change on Earth. What I DO DOUBT and STRONGLY DENY is that global warming has ever been driven, or even measurably modified, by increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide ( CO2 ) as the result of man’s burning of fossil fuels. CO2 is a clear, odorless, non-polluting gas that is critically important for plant growth and their release of oxygen into the atmosphere for man to survive.
There is NOT ONE SHRED OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that changes in the amount of
CO2 in the atmosphere have had any measurable effect on global climate, past or present !!! Certainly models, such as created by the United Nations Panel of Climate Scientists to explain and forecast climate change are NOT scientific evidence. They are, at best, an effort to model a very complex set of factors influencing climate change —
and, at worst are biased to provide desired outcomes.
Finally, as to the Paris Accord on Climate Change, it follows from the above that there is NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE for the support of this Accord. Man’s burning of fossil fuels has not had, nor will it have, any measurable effect on global climate change, warming or cooling. Because of this very major flaw in the Accord it was understandable and very important that the United States of America chose not to ratify this Accord.
In closing, of course my views on Climate Change are not unique. They are shared by an often all-too-silent group numbering tens of thousands of fellow Earth scientists around the world, some of whom were once members of the UN Panel of Climate Scientists.
Thank you for taking time to consider my comments.
Jack C Threet