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I found that the best venue for participating in climate research on campus was through the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (or IESVic), which was an offshoot of the Department of Mechanical Engineering – essentially a think  tank founded by David Scott. Although IESVic’s primary focus was on fuel cell research, there was a spirit of openness and questioning regarding climate change and the means to address it.

In this regard, I am grateful to IESVic’s second director, Ged McLean (who to my dismay left academic life for industry), and subsequent directors Ned Djilali and Peter Wild, for encouraging me to engage with IESVic. I bene fi tted as well from many discussions with Lawrence Pitt (who has some of the best insights into climate change and renewable energy), Andrew Rowe, and many
graduate students at IESVic, all of whom opened a door to the wonderful world of energy systems analysis in the context of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and enhancing energy ef fi ciency. I am also grateful to my own graduate students during this period, including, among many, Jesse Maddaloni, Ryan Prescott, Julia Zhu, Geerte Cotteleer, Alison Eagle and Linda Wong.

But I was really dragged into the climate change morass (for that is what it truly is) when I provided pre-publication comments for the book Taken by Storm , written by Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick. I had been asked to provide comments by Ross McKitrick of the University of Guelph, whom I had known at the University of British Columbia where, as a member of faculty, I had been a member of his Ph.D. supervisory committee. It was my fi rst exposure to some of the issues concerning the theory of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.

My comments on the rear jacket of the book read as follows: “Any politician who failed to read this book and yet is willing to commit society’s resources to avert global warming has been derelict in his or her duty to the public. Professors Essex and McKitrick present a powerful case.” At that point, I still had reservations about the view taken by the book, but my dust jacket rendition stoked up the ire of the environmentalists, who subsequently sent me numerous emails requesting intimate details about my research funding (particularly if any research, regardless of the subject area, had ever been funded by an oil company), my employment history and so on, much of which was readily available on the internet.