Pete Kuntz, an activist with Citizens Climate Lobby, the group he promotes in his letter [“Climate-change Deniers Lack Scientific Authority,” Aug. 19, Xpress], writes that the “NIPCC [Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change] gets its funding clandestinely from ExxonMobil and the fossil-fuel billionaire Koch brothers. So does Tom Harris’ impressive-sounding International Climate Science Coalition.”
The NIPCC Web site says, “None of the NIPCC reports — ZERO — have been funded with corporate money. They are funded by family foundations that have no interest in the energy sector.“
Similarly, ICSC has never had funding from the oil sector, let alone ExxonMobil or the Kochs. Since I started with ICSC in 2008, we have kept donors’ identities confidential to protect them from attacks from groups such as CCL.
Kuntz cites British Columbia as an example of successful implementation of the sort of policies promoted by CCL. On June 11 at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change in Washington D.C., economics professor Cornelis van Kooten, University of Victoria, British Columbia, explained that this makes no sense since British Columbia generates 97 percent of its electricity from hydro, which emits no carbon dioxide. Van Kooten described how the government’s Pacific Carbon Trust was closed by the auditor general because of corruption.
“British Columbia is expanding its production of coal and selling overseas. Why? Well, we need money. So, if that’s success, yah, we’re very successful,” said van Kooten.
Aid agencies can’t properly help people affected by climate change because, of the $1 billion spent globally every day on climate finance, only 6 percent of it goes to adaptation support. Because of the success of groups like CCL, the rest is spent vainly trying to stop climate change that might someday happen. This is immoral, valuing the lives of people yet to be born more than those in need today.
— Tom Harris
International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC)