Submission to UK House of Lords: Inquiry into Aspects of the Economics of Climate Change

Submission to UK House of Lords: Inquiry into Aspects of the Economics of Climate Change EE 16-3-McKitrick_p2.qxd 30-6-05 9:54 am Page 633 SUBMISSION TO UK HOUSE OF LORDS: INQUIRY INTO ASPECTS OF THE ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE Ross McKitrick Associate Professor of Economics, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1. Email: rmckitri@uoguelph.ca 0. INTRODUCTION I am an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. I specialize in environmental economics and issues related to climate change. My research is funded by the federally-funded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, through peer-reviewed grant competitions. I am pleased that your Inquiry is taking up issues related to the IPCC process. I have observed this organization very closely over the past few years and I believe a critical outside assessment is overdue. The IPCC exerts tremendous global influence over energy, environment and climate policies, yet is effectively unaccountable. They have not won over any of their prominent critics since the mid-1990s, meanwhile new, credible experts continue to come forward with doubts about the IPCC’s credibility. In this submission I would like to explain two concerns I have regarding the IPCC: • It appears to have little or no working relationship with the mainstream academic economics community; • It has exaggerated the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Energy & Environment SAGE

Submission to UK House of Lords: Inquiry into Aspects of the Economics of Climate Change

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SAGE Publications
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© 2005 SAGE Publications
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0958-305X
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2048-4070
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10.1260/0958305054672402
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EE 16-3-McKitrick_p2.qxd 30-6-05 9:54 am Page 633 SUBMISSION TO UK HOUSE OF LORDS: INQUIRY INTO ASPECTS OF THE ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE Ross McKitrick Associate Professor of Economics, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1. Email: rmckitri@uoguelph.ca 0. INTRODUCTION I am an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. I specialize in environmental economics and issues related to climate change. My research is funded by the federally-funded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, through peer-reviewed grant competitions. I am pleased that your Inquiry is taking up issues related to the IPCC process. I have observed this organization very closely over the past few years and I believe a critical outside assessment is overdue. The IPCC exerts tremendous global influence over energy, environment and climate policies, yet is effectively unaccountable. They have not won over any of their prominent critics since the mid-1990s, meanwhile new, credible experts continue to come forward with doubts about the IPCC’s credibility. In this submission I would like to explain two concerns I have regarding the IPCC: • It appears to have little or no working relationship with the mainstream academic economics community; • It has exaggerated the

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Published: Jul 1, 2005

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