International Climate Science Coalition Responds to David Suzuki’s Criticism

October 5, 2015 Updated: March 14, 2016

I am responding to the criticisms David Suzuki leveled against our group, the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), in this article I see in the Epoch Times.

Dear Editor,

David Suzuki is wrong to imply that the group I lead, the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), was set up by “fossil-fuel interests.”

In reality, the ICSC was founded in 2007 by Terry Dunleavy, OBE, of New Zealand. Mr. Dunleavy is a leader in that country’s wine industry. Mr. Dunleavy found that there was such strong worldwide support for the non-partisan, science-based approach of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition that an international body taking the same tack would be beneficial.

Since I assumed the Executive Director role of ICSC in 2008, the identities of all donors to ICSC has been 100 percent confidential to protect their privacy, and quite frankly, safety. Some of the scientists who advise us on a volunteer basis have had death threats for speaking out against the idea that dangerous climate change is occurring as a result of humanity’s relatively small carbon dioxide emissions. We would not want to risk subjecting the people generous enough to help ICSC cover its modest operating expense to such abuse.

It is ironic that David Suzuki accuses his opponents of being “secretive organizations [that] rarely reveal funding sources” when, according to its 2009 annual report, the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) received $1 million or more from “Anonymous.” According to its 2010 annual report, the DSF received between $10,000–$99,999 (exact amount not listed) from “87215 Canada Ltd.”

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech.)
Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC)
Ottawa, Ontario

Note: ICSC is not right wing (its participants come from across the political spectrum), is not funded by “big oil,” and are not lobbyists or “shills” for industry of any sort. I have never worked as a lobbyist or PR representative for any company or sector.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Tom Harris
Tom Harris is executive director of the non-partisan Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition.