Re: 'Dangerous' climate change still preventable: Memo, Postmedia News, Oct. 31.
Environment Canada scientists Greg Flato and Elizabeth Bush were quite mistaken in their April memo to deputy minister Paul Boothe when they reportedly asserted that there was no credible evidence supporting the arguments of carbon modelling expert Dr. David Evans, formerly of the Australian Greenhouse Office (now the Department of Climate Change).
There are, in fact, thousands of peer-reviewed scientific papers that support the realistic view that, while climate changes naturally all the time and so we must plan for this inevitability, nothing particularly unusual is generally happening now and the influence of our greenhouse gas emissions appears to be very small.
As Evans wrote in his April 7 National Post piece that appears to have so disturbed Flato and Bush, "carbon dioxide is a cause of global warming, but it's so minor it's not worth doing much about."
In 2009 the first Non-governmental International Panel on Climate Change was released, an 855-page volume that included thousands of references in support of the skeptics' side.
Another report of the NIPCC was released on Aug. 29, 2011, and it too contains thousands of references, coming to the general conclusion that the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has ignored or misinterpreted much of the research that challenges the need for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas controls.
In other words, the science being relied upon by governments to create multibilliondollar climate policies is almost certainly wrong.
I hope Environment Minister Peter Kent, is not being similarly misinformed.
TOM HARRIS, executive director, International Climate Science Coalition, Ottawa