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No, Beto, there is no impending climate refugee crisis

This Tuesday, the newest entrant to the 2020 Democratic presidential field, Beto O’Rourke, warned on his first campaign stop in New Hampshire of a mass refugee crisis when “some of the countries in the Western hemisphere are no longer habitable by human beings.”  The notion that climate change is causing forced migration all around the world is bogus, and O’Rourke would be well advised to avoid commenting on a subject he plainly hasn’t studied very closely.

The notion of mass climate refugees is usually traced to a 1993 book by British environmentalist Norman Myers, who somewhat magically produced the figure of 200 million climate refugees to get the debate going.  Prominent Norwegian peace scholars Nils Petter Gleditsch and Ragnhild Nordås have said “it is generally recognized that this figure represents guesswork rather than a scientifically-based estimate.

“In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme warned there would be 50 million climate refugees by 2010.  They removed the claim from their website when a reporter for the Asian Correspondent pointed out the lack of any evidence supporting such a claim, and in fact that the number of individuals seeking asylum “have fallen significantly.”

Read the full story from American Thinker

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