Rebuttal to Tom Harris’s letter and the NIPCC

Responding to Tom Harris’s Letter to the Editor in the Nov. 2-8, 2011 issue, “Not all experts agree on climate change”:

Harris cites a report published by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). This group and report should not be taken seriously in climate change science. Rather than earning a scientific reputation, the NIPCC instead changed its name in 2007 to appear to be legitimate. The NIPCC’s name is nearly identical to that of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on scientific analysis of climate change. The IPCC is currently reviewing a draft United Nations report on three years of research concluding that human-made climate change has increased the frequency of extreme weather events. This is exactly the opposite of what Tom Harris argues.

If we must choose which organization’s report to trust, we should choose the Intergovernental Panel on Climate Change, not Tom Harris’s organization. The IPCC has earned its reputation through commitment to scientific integrity. Tom Harris’s group thinks all it needs to achieve similar legitimacy is to name itself after the IPCC.

Nick Poggioli
Leaf River, Ill.

From the Nov. 16-22, 2011, issue

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