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Tom Harris under Attack

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Drought on scientists
BY JURGEN KRAUS, CALGARY HERALD SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Re: "Clearing things up," Letter, Sept. 15.

Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, has attempted to demonstrate in numerous recent letters that he is an expert of and an authority in climate science. He is not. Harris is a mechanical engineer. The International Climate Science Coalition itself is a bluff package. None of their directors or advisers are climatologists. It is simply an extreme political organization, aiming to deceive the public by creating doubt on climate science. They have as much to do with science as the Friends of Science. Beware of the pied pipers!

Jurgen Kraus, Calgary

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Clearing things up
BY TOM HARRIS, CALGARY HERALD SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

Re: "Talisman backed anti-global warming campaign," Sept. 14.
Contrary to the assertions in the article, while working on the Friends of Science video project in 2005, I never "worked with" (or even communicated with) former Talisman CEO James Buckee and was not "involved in co-ordinating the project's initial $175,000 budget."

In conjunction with FOS volunteers, I worked on the content of the video, wrote the script and participated in some of the scientist interviews and in the video production and distribution.

I was not familiar with the details of project financing since budgeting, fundraising and other financial coordination were handled by others.

Greenpeace Canada's Keith Stewart is wrong to say that the project was part of an "anti-science agenda." Aside from adjustments to the satellite temperatures that have come to light since 2005, the science content of the video is correct even today.

That is why I have shown it to the 1,500 Carleton University students who have taken the course Climate Change: An Earth Sciences Perspective that I have taught for the past three years.

Tom Harris, Ottawa

Tom Harris is executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition.

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