Solidarity, Heartland Institute Sign Historic Climate Communique at COP24

Polish labor union that stood up to the Soviet Bloc and changed the world joins Heartland on front lines of resistance to climate alarmism

KATOWICE, POLAND (December 6, 2018) – The Heartland Institute and representatives of Solidarity, the historic labor union founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa that helped bring down the Iron Curtain, signed a joint statement on Wednesday calling on the United Nations at COP24 to ensure the “restoration of the Scientific Method and the dismissal of ideological dogma at the United Nations.”

The joint statement, created at Solidarity’s prompting and written cooperatively between the two organizations on December 5, was submitted to the UN Conference of the Parties climate conference in Katowice today.

“The Silesian Region of Solidarity, the Secretariat of Mining and Energy of Solidarity, and The Heartland Institute express skepticism of the assertions of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the world stands at the edge of a climate catastrophe,” said the statement. “Solidarity and The Heartland Institute together stress that there is no scientific consensus on the main causes and consequences of climate change.”

Read the entire joint statement here.

The joint statement was signed by Jaroslaw Grzesik, Chairman of Secretariat, Mining and Energy of Solidarity; Dominik Kolorz, president of the Silesian Region of Solidarity; and Heartland Institute Senior Fellow for Environment and Energy Policy James Taylor, who represented the organization.

The communique also stated that The Heartland Institute – a U.S.-based free-market think tank known globally for its work on scientifically opposing climate alarmism – and Solidarity would begin “working together more closely to advance sound, science-based public policy.”

Solidarity took the initiative in 2014 to translate from English to Polish Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science – part of a series of scientific reports by the Nongovernmental Interntional Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) – and invited Heartland to its office in Katowice on December 5 to give presentations on the latest climate science and the failure of green energy plans in neighboring Germany. The latter presentation was delivered by Wolfgang Müller, general secretary of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE).

The communique states that Solidarity’s Katowice representatives were “very satisfied by the new science and policy presentations from Heartland during their COP24 meeting,” adding that “the presentations assured Solidarity that their doubts about current, alarmist climate policy are correct.”

“We, speaking as one, believe in the restoration of the Scientific Method and the dismissal of ideological dogma at the United Nations,” the joint statement said. “That means a healthy skepticism of data interpretation and policy conclusions and an end to the war on science and scientists by powerful state-backed forces.”

The statement declared:

· Global leaders should focus their efforts on energy affordability and availability that raise living standards around the world.

· The negative impacts of expensive energy on human health and welfare are manifest and devastating.

· Affordable energy is absolutely necessary to lift people out of poverty and secure a brighter future for the people of the world.

· The most important joint task will be educating the public and policy makers on climate policy, “especially the world’s youth” – who have been indoctrinated by climate alarmist dogma for generations.

“Solidarity has proven time and again that it will stand up the common man against the ruling elites,” Taylor said. “Solidarity, like the Heartland Institute, does not shy away from pointing out flaws in the United Nations’ asserted climate crisis. Sound science is on our side and we are honored to work closely, now and in the future, with Solidarity.”

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Richard Kiser
December 6, 2018 6:08 pm

Just Awesome!!!

Tom Halla
December 6, 2018 6:12 pm

The Poles should be a bit gunshy of embracing any sort of fanaticism, having suffered under Stalinists since 1944.

Reply to  Tom Halla
December 6, 2018 6:51 pm

You left out a few significant others.

Kevin Lohse
Reply to  Tom Halla
December 6, 2018 9:45 pm

Solidarity is not embracing any form of fanaticism, it’s making a stand against a particular form of fanaticism. Solidarity has an outstanding example of how a trade union can act in the interest of all of it’s nation, rather than the self-interest of a few members, for the last 30. years. Other nation’s trade unions should take note.

Harrow Sceptic
Reply to  Tom Halla
December 8, 2018 3:27 am

Even before that. what about the 1919 – 1920 Polish Soviet War. That seems to have slipped out of the, Western, history books

December 6, 2018 6:15 pm

I feel a swell of skepticism.

Reply to  markl
December 8, 2018 7:21 pm

I hope so but as their false theories fall look for the alarmists next falsehood to foist upon the world. Cooling to warming to change to…whats next? maybe methane? water vapour? oxygen? When you have trillions of dollars of free cash coming your way that will line the pockets of climate bureaucrats and tin pot dictators you don’t go quietly into the dustpan of history.

December 6, 2018 6:48 pm

My congratulations to Solidarity and The Heartland Institute for formalizing their relationship and paths forward.

Cheers to all involved,
Bob Tisdale

December 6, 2018 6:50 pm

Congratulations to Solidarity and Heartland. Wish U.S. manufacturing unions would stand up for their members jobs instead of joining Blue-Green coalitions.

Reply to  Mohatdebos
December 6, 2018 10:46 pm

This is great,
thanks to the Polish, who are not ashamed of showing off their wealth of coal to the Warmists. It may come in useful if the world cools down, during the coming Sun-low activity period.

Ian Knows
December 6, 2018 7:05 pm

Whilst calling for “the restoration of the scientific method…”, there is no indication by Solidarity or the Heartland Institute that they intend to provide any evidence against the global scientific consensus.

You can have your own opinion, but not your facts.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Ian Knows
December 6, 2018 9:36 pm

Ian Knows. Your mentors have invented ‘facts’ and have destroyed the understanding of what facts are by idoing so. We certainly don’t want to have anymore of your ‘facts’. Here’s a test. 1) Is there a 97% consensus of scientists who believe human caused climate change is putting the planet in imminent danger? 2) Did you know that consensus actually applies to ‘opinions and not facts? 3) Did you know that there was a letter signed by 100 prominent scientists against Einstein’s theories of relativity and gravitation? 100 against one, and can you guess who came out on top of that contest?

BTW, I am a scientist and engineer and as a geology student I even studied paleoclimate. By your mindless use of the little opinion and facts homily without even putting it in your own words, shows you use the well known “talking points” as a substitute for thought. We see the phrase and all the other little ones frequently here.

Educate yourself and you will be outraged at what the school system has done to you, particularly if you studied the severely corrupted sicial ‘sciences’.

Reply to  Ian Knows
December 6, 2018 10:36 pm

@ Ian noes
Are you able to provide any empirical evidence that attributes the proportion of global warming that can be attributed to human cause?

Reply to  Ian Knows
December 7, 2018 1:05 am

Ian Knows

By insisting your consensus adopts the scientific method, there will be no need to provide evidence.

Reply to  HotScot
December 7, 2018 6:56 am

Ian has to rely on the mythical “consensus” precisely because he has no facts.

Reply to  MarkW
December 7, 2018 4:58 pm

Consensus is not mythical. It just has nothing to do with science. As oft stated, consensus is a political tool, not a scientific one.

Chris Wright
Reply to  Ian Knows
December 7, 2018 4:23 am

” there is no indication by Solidarity or the Heartland Institute that they intend to provide any evidence against the global scientific consensus.”

Rubbish. They’ve provided plenty of evidence based on the data in numerous reports. You could start with “Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science”.

And, speaking of consensus, history tells us that, time after time, the consensus turns out to be totally wrong. I’ve just watched the PBS documentaries on eugenics. In its time this poisonous perversion of science was the consensus. It lasted for many years. But it started to crumble when scientists started to point out that its “scientific consensus” was actually based on data manipulation and activisim. Sound familiar? The final dagger in its heart was provided by the Nazis, who took sterilisation to its next logical stage: mass murder.

In my opinion today’s perversion of science is far worse than euginics. As shown throughout history global warming has always been a huge benefit to humanity. It’s during the cold periods when humanity suffered. It’s climate change alarmism that is the true catastrophe.

Reply to  Ian Knows
December 7, 2018 5:04 am

Ian: You obviously have not watched the video or followed this up. There is a wealth of facts which you can verify at your leisure if you have the mind for it. Mind you, as a longtime sceptic I have already done most of that. It was good to see Heartland bringing most of this together. Go on. Have a go yourself. You’ll be surprised.

Reply to  Ian Knows
December 7, 2018 5:17 am

Hey Ian,

The word “consensus” appears nowhere in the scientific method. Science Authoritarian “group think” is the opposite of the scientific method.

Reply to  Ian Knows
December 7, 2018 6:56 am

That evidence has already been provided.

PS: The output of a model is not a fact.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Ian Knows
December 7, 2018 6:57 am

Ian Knows_ ?

What ‘Knows’ Ian_ ?

How to hide his Identity – the little Knowledge of Ian is easy to hide.

Zig Zag Wanderer
December 6, 2018 7:07 pm

I’m pretty certain that they once got paid at least $100 by a company that once had a catering contract with an oil company. This can then be fully dismissed as being funded by Big Oil and therefore can be completely ignored.

So there!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 6, 2018 7:17 pm

Actually, despite my semi-sarcastic comment, I see that they are in fact Big Coal themselves, so I guess this will be ignored out of hand anyway.

December 6, 2018 7:22 pm

Excellent news. However I am a little concerned that the following words in the statement may be twisted by the proponents of renewables and used against the aims of Solidarity and Heartland:
“Global leaders should focus their efforts on energy affordability and availability that raise living standards around the world.”
For example, in Australia retail energy prices are rising rapidly due to the insidious Large Scale Renewable Energy Target (aka the LRET), which heavily subsidises all large scale renewable generation by means of ‘clean energy certificates’ which are given to these generators to sell on a closed ‘market’ to energy retailers, who must buy them or pay a fine of A$65.00 per MW, or about the wholesale price of a megawatt of electricity. Effectively a 100% subsidy to renewables! Naturally the retailers have to pass this huge cost onto their customers, raising the price of all electricity to domestic consumers. Furthermore, the LRET also requires that the retailers must buy every megawatt that the renewable generators produce, forcing the base load generators to reduce their output. In fact we have reached the point at which older base load generators are being shut down, and new base load generation cannot be funded.
However, our governments, energy regulators and renewable rent-seekers all falsely claim the opposite – that this rise in the retail cost of electricity is due to the ‘increasing cost of fossil-fuelled generation’, and that ‘renewables now cost less than fossil-fuelled generation’. So the proponents of renewables, here in Australia at least, claim that they are ‘improving energy affordability and availability, whilst actually doing the opposite. That is the twist! Beware!

Reply to  BoyfromTottenham
December 6, 2018 8:08 pm

Yes, all actors in energy production, distribution and retailing have conspired to make the subsidies, costings and pricing landscape so complicated that Sherlock Holmes and John Watson would struggle to demystify it.
And that suits the politicians, bureaucrats and suppliers just fine.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  BoyfromTottenham
December 6, 2018 9:59 pm

Yeah, cheap renewables are the new ‘facts’. Fake news is so rife that its become the new standard for judging objective, old fashioned-type, fact-based news as fake!

In a world of a dozen or more genders needing bathrooms for each one and post normal science based on what innumerate folks “feel” the science should say, our future is in much more jeopardy from the brain ceasing to function as it should than anything to come from the weather. The more time goes by, the less “The Matrix” seems like a mere entertaining scifi.

Alan Tomalty
Reply to  Gary Pearse
December 8, 2018 12:43 am

The leftest view of the world is all wrong. They believe:
1)All cultures are equal in worth and values.
2) All religions should be respected.
3) There is an entity called free will in each human. (See the book by Bruce Hood on “The Self Illusion” that proves otherwise)
4) Equality of outcome should be aspired to ( This leads to socialism and then to dictatorship.)
5) CO2 is a pollutant.
6) Green energy is nirvana.
7) A hard core criminal in most cases can be converted to change and repent if only through enough reeducation.
8) There are more than 2 genders.
9) The main stream media is not biased towards leftest positions.
10) The Chinese Communist party will eventually reform and stop its attempted domination of the world.
11) First past the post election systems are bad and everything should be proportional representation.
12) In past generations the non white world was noble and without violence nor discrimination (the noble savage hypothesis).
13) Open borders are compatible with the modern welfare state.

December 6, 2018 7:42 pm

Heartland, this news is both welcomed and significant. Thank you. Geoff.

Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
December 6, 2018 10:12 pm

Seconded Geoff!

Michael Carter
December 6, 2018 8:20 pm

“restoration of the Scientific Method and the dismissal of ideological dogma at the United Nations.”

Say no more 🙂

For the record Poland produces about 1/3 of EU coal production followed close by (would you believe it?) Germany. 🙂 again. These are approximate figures depending on what source you use.

No country suffered more than Poland during WW2 followed by years of communism. Freedom, prosperity and truth must mean a lot to them.

Another rather separate point of interest: What is the origin of Liberalism? See:



Reply to  Michael Carter
December 6, 2018 10:26 pm

And would you believe of Germany:

“Germany has been the largest lignite producer in the world since the beginning of industrial lignite mining. It still is, followed by China, Russia, and the United States. The softer and moister lignite (also called brown or soft coal) has a lower calorific value than hard coal and can only be mined in opencast operations. When burned, it is more CO2 intensive than hard coal.”

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Bob Fernley-Jones
December 8, 2018 5:03 am

Bob F-J

Lignite has to be analyzed on some basis and heat content can be expressed in several ways: as received, air dried, dry, dry ash free, as fired and what ever you like.

Lignite has less energy per kg as mined but after drying is quite high. It has more hydrogen and less carbon per kg, ash free than other coals (some, not all).

Having done the calculations, I do not believe the claim that Lignite has more CO2 emissions than hard coals. It has less, and when Germany decided to build more than twenty new coal fired generation plants, they said this was being done so as to minimize the CO2 emissions. This contradicts the mere assertions of “green” groups that Lignite is “more polluting” in terms of CO2. If one puts Lignite into a combusted designed for hard coal it creates more PM, which a product of incomplete pl combustion. In a properly designed combusted it has virtually no PM. I have built some. They work.

The claim that Lignite “emits more CO2 than hard coal” rests on misrepresenting the energy content per kg as mined and as burned – i.e. it ignores the equipment and the reality. It is a misrepresentation of convenience.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
December 8, 2018 11:06 am

Crispin, that’s interesting. I wondered why co2 could be an issue.

Are you familiar with the brown coal in south east Australia that has been labelled dirty?

Energy required to dry the stuff?

Reply to  Michael Carter
December 7, 2018 1:21 am

Michael Carter

Little do the ignorant ‘liberals’ realise what they should stand for.

Reply to  HotScot
December 7, 2018 5:29 am

Take a look at this story on Canada’s Catherine McKenna and her entourage to Poland:

steve case
December 6, 2018 8:33 pm

Having just posted on another forum that the “Global Warming/Climate Change” monster isn’t likely to roll over and play dead any time soon. This is good news. Perhaps with regard to Churchill’s famous quote, this may be the start of the beginning. And maybe not. I will be 75 next year and I doubt I will live to see the end of this non-sense.

Reply to  steve case
December 7, 2018 1:23 am

steve case

It’ll be all over well before you’re 100.

December 6, 2018 8:40 pm

Sounds great!
I believe that, on the part of Poland at least, these people have seen Socialism (of the Nazi kind), Communism and Despotism and had to suffer under it all. These people are super sensitive to creeping socialism of any kind and they see the danger and the real agenda that is disguised by this “Global Warming” madness.

Great news that someone is standing up to the IPCC!



Al Miller
December 6, 2018 9:09 pm

Awesome! The French and now the poles are standing up to tyranny! Great job and keep the coal fired heat on.

December 6, 2018 10:01 pm


December 6, 2018 10:11 pm

From the full joint statement:

“…that global leaders should focus their efforts on energy affordability and availability that raise living standards around the world. The negative impacts of expensive energy on human health and welfare are manifest and devastating. Affordable energy is absolutely necessary to lift people out of poverty and secure a brighter future for the people of the world.”

My feeling is that by providing fossil fuel energy in impoverished regions includes benefits such as:

• Less cutting down of trees and burning cattle dung etcetera (lung diseases)
• A reduction in childbirth rates
• A longer-term potential reduction in military conflicts
• Etcetera.

It’s an absolute no-brainer to benefit humanity.

Might for instance India’s still emerging economy gain momentum and improve living standards around the whole world through interactive world trade annat?

Reply to  Bob Fernley-Jones
December 7, 2018 1:34 am

Bob Fernley-Jones

This is the positive effect coal has had on trees in England.

1,000 years of decline from ~15% coverage to ~5%, then recovered to ~10% in 100 years following the industrial revolution with the expectation of recovery to 12% by 2060.

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(Sorry, it’s Wikipedia which I hate but I have seen this graph elsewhere).

J Mac
December 6, 2018 10:12 pm

God Bless the indomitable Poles!

Klaus Berger
December 6, 2018 11:47 pm

Wonderful news!!!

Rod Evans
December 7, 2018 12:32 am

Thank you Solidarity thank you Poland, and thank you Heartland Institute.
We have to continue the fight, against those who promote non existent, man made climate change. We must continue, educating and publishing the truth. By revealing the real data, and challenging manipulated “adjusted” data sets, we will win the debate.
Being honest and advancing real science, these are our greatest assets. The shrills and politically motivated advocates of fake science, must be revealed and stopped. The political left’s game plan, is to use their fake global crisis, purely to advance and control the public, via energy rationing.
The UN, through its agencies, are on a mission. The objective is, authority over world affairs without involving, or resorting, to that complicated democratic stuff. The control of energy sources, via energy policies world wide, controls peoples access to affordable energy. It is the only option needed, to meet the UN’s global control ambitions.
Totalitarianism or un-elected authority has been tried already, it does not work.
The left’s ongoing march through the world institutions, must be revealed for what it is, and stopped.

December 7, 2018 12:46 am

Great, a consensus of TWO of the World’s leading scientific institutions running counter to everyone else.
Long live the scientific method.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Michael262
December 7, 2018 8:10 am

Your Appeal to Consensus, Appeal to Authority, and Ad Hominem “arguments” are noted.

Coeur de Lion
December 7, 2018 12:47 am

In UK as elsewhere SOLIDARNOSC is warmly remembered, with Pope Paul, as undermining the Cold War. I might try and get the BBC to run a story on this. As part of their Katowice coverage. Yeah, quite

December 7, 2018 12:56 am

Full of coal mines Silesia, I believe.

Perhaps not the best backer for Heartland, a bit open to criticism.

Rod Evans
Reply to  MattS
December 7, 2018 1:38 am

Suppose China which is also primarily fuelled by coal, came out and supported Heartland, would you hold the same logic, i.e. coal is dirty, so those who use it are undesirable allies for those engaged in the promotion of honest science?

Reply to  MattS
December 7, 2018 1:46 am

They criticise Solidarity and, by association, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa at their peril.

It’s one thing slinging mud at Big Oil, but dismissing an organisation, and an individual with the track record Solidarity has is to reveal the alarmists true desire, to stifle freedom and impose a new world order.

Nor is a new world order a conspiracy theory as is often used to dismiss the prospect by the alarmist’s, it has been vocalised by, amongst many others, Christina Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change:

This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution. That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 – you choose the number. It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.

A conspiracy theory can’t be a conspiracy theory if the desire and the method to achieve the objective have been expressed in such precise terms.

December 7, 2018 4:34 am

The Poles can recognise a Communist tyranny disguised as the Green movement when they see one.

John Endicott
Reply to  Graemethecat
December 7, 2018 6:17 am

Indeed, and this isn’t their first time standing up to a Communist tyranny.

Bruce Cobb
December 7, 2018 5:02 am

Spoiler alert:
In shocking news, talks in Katowice have broken down with foot-dragging and out-right refusal on the part of developed countries over when and how they should provide extortion money contributions to the climate payout fund.

December 7, 2018 5:47 am

If you want a good laugh, go to climate home news as it struggles with putting a brave face on the COP24 farce. They will even tell you where you can get a “Power Nap” . The comments on this Heartland presentation are illuminating; if you can control your blood pressure.

Phillip Bratby
December 7, 2018 6:18 am

This can’t be true, it has not been reported by the BBC.

December 7, 2018 9:04 am

It appears that resistance is indeed ‘hottening-up’…

Time to fish out my 1989 Gdansk-procured ‘Solidarnosc’ enamelled badge for a deserved airing at tonight’s snooker sesh – and hoist a beer (or three) in support.

Slainte mhor!

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