Cord Meyer's Aug. 29 commentary on global warming, "Climate, technology and trepidation," is more misleading than enlightening. From start to finish, his piece is inaccurate.
He begins with the oft-repeated but false statement that 2,500 scientists make up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In fact, the IPCC includes government officials, social scientists, environmentalists, corporate employees and trade-association staff members, many of whom have no bona-fide credentials in the field of climate science.
Mr. Meyer goes on to suggest that extreme weather and higher insurance claims are related to fossil fuel use when, in fact, the IPCC made no such connection.
The IPCC did find that during the past century, average surface temperatures around the globe have increased about one-half degree Celsius, that the majority of the temperature increase occurred prior to the increase in emissions of greenhouse gases and that there is no credible evidence of increased frequency or severity of weather events related to increases in carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. …