[Regarding the] letter “CO2’s Effect on Climate Is Debatable” [Aug. 5, Xpress]: No, it’s not. Every scientific body of national or international standing, like the National Academy of Sciences, disagrees with what this Aug. 5 letter says. NASA has a full list of all 230 of them on its website.
The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, which the Aug. 5 letter cites as its authority, is not on NASA’s list. That’s because it’s not a scientific organization. It’s a front for the fossil-fuel industry’s multimillion-dollar climate-denial operation. NIPCC gets its funding clandestinely from ExxonMobil and the fossil-fuel billionaire Koch brothers (The DeSmogBlog, one of TIME’s Top 10 Blogs, and Scientific American, “Dark Money”).
So does Tom Harris’ impressive-sounding International Climate Science Coalition. Anyone can set up a website and call themselves anything they want. Harris is not a scientist, much less a climate scientist. You can read about Harris and see the documentation about where his paychecks come from on the DeSmogBlog.
Harris claims there are lots of peer-reviewed climate science papers disputing AGW, but he cites none. That’s because, in the past two years, only one (published in Russia) out of 9,136 peer-reviewed climate science papers questioned AGW (DeSmogBlog).
What Harris and [others] don’t want you to know is that phasing out coal and other fossil fuels will save 13,000 U.S. lives each year, otherwise lost to carbon-pollution (World Health Organization). Carbon pollution also costs Americans over $866.5 billion annually in associated medical costs (Forbes).
Clean energy will create millions of U.S. jobs and increase our GDP by tens of billions annually (REMI) with a plan that’s been successful for seven years in British Columbia (The Economist). See the volunteer Citizens Climate Lobby website for details.
— Pete Kuntz