On April 10, the Delft Technical University published on her website the document TU Delft position on Climate Action, where it is argued why and how the university defines much of her activities by standards of what we will here call the climate paradigm: the idea that modern man is significantly responsible for any climate change that occurs and that this should govern the activities: for the universities this would involve the development of CO2 reducing technologies in support of mitigation and to some extent also adaptation.
We at GRK consider this as a very important document since this constitutes a justification, an explicit argumentation which must be valid if this theme is to be appropriate as a guide for the university agenda. In contrast to goals and themes from the past, where several more reasonably objective and evident United Nations goals such as adequate water supply and food production prevailed as guidelines, now an entire programme depends on an alleged climate dependence on human-caused “greenhouse gas emission”.
Therefore, we analyse in this article step by step the points from this brochure and are particularly keen on identifying vague and ambiguous language as well as half-truths that can be in the way of truth-seeking. What matters is facts and agreement with observations. Correlation is necessary, but causation is essential, while at the same time recognising lack of knowledge where appropriate. Please use the comment section for providing your opinion about the argumentation.
Our comments are in the right-hand column and we will adjust them to our progress of analysis, also due to any input you may provide for which we thank you in advance.
This a first step emerges in a debate. We do hope that both form and content will appeal to a wide audience.