Skip to comments.U.N. Climate Panel and Chief Face Credibility Siege
Posted on 02/08/2010 9:55:35 PM PST by neverdem
Just over two years ago, Rajendra K. Pachauri seemed destined for a scientists version of sainthood: A vegetarian economist-engineer who leads the United Nations climate change panel, he accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the panel, sharing the honor with former Vice President Al Gore.
But Dr. Pachauri and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are now under intense scrutiny, facing accusations of scientific sloppiness and potential financial conflicts of interest from climate skeptics, right-leaning politicians and even some mainstream scientists. Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, called for Dr. Pachauris resignation last week.
Critics, writing in Britains Sunday Telegraph and elsewhere, have accused Dr. Pachauri of profiting from his work as an adviser to businesses, including Deutsche Bank and Pegasus Capital Advisors, a New York investment firm a claim he denies.
They have also unearthed and publicized problems with the intergovernmental panels landmark 2007 report on climate change, which concluded that the planet was warming and that...
With a global climate treaty under negotiation and legislation pending in the United States, the climate panel has found itself in the political cross hairs, its judgments provoking passions normally reserved for issues like abortion and guns...
Nonetheless, Christopher Monckton, a leading climate skeptic, called the panel corrupt, adding: The chair is an Indian railroad engineer with very substantial direct and indirect financial vested interests in the matters covered in the climate panels report. What on earth is he doing there?
A former adviser to Margaret Thatcher who also assailed Dr. Pachauri in a critique in Copenhagen that has since been widely circulated, Lord Monckton is now the chief policy adviser to the Science and Public Policy Institute, a Washington-based research and education institute that states on its Web site: Proved: There is no climate crisis....
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Too bad, the Grey Lady is finally waking up. They were setting themselves up for a great folly. This is on the front page.
Lord Monckton is now the chief policy adviser to the Science and Public Policy Institute, a Washington-based research and education institute that states on its Web site: Proved: There is no climate crisis....
“There is no climate crisis.”
After 2 record storms of around 20” of snow or more in the Washington, DC area, and another one due in a day, they might want to rethink that statement. ;-)
“Too bad, the Grey Lady is finally waking up. They were setting themselves up for a great folly. This is on the front page.”
Not too worry - if you read the whole article, especially between the lines, you will get unmistakable vibes that they think this is just a bad dream and when they wake up those poor misunderstood “scientists” will be vindicated.
United Snake Oil stock takes a hit.
Absolutely. They took great care to limit their comments to ONE glaring error and one which is disputed, not the whole litany of mistakes with which the 2007 report is littered. And they can’t even be called mistakes. What are the odds against dozen of “mistakes” all in the same direction?
When Republicans are seated as the majority in Congress next January, the climate change subpoenas shall fly. Imagine Michael Mann and James Hansen under oath. I bet we see some take the fifth.
Should the scandal be called “Oil-for-Climate”, or “UN Science Molestation”?
To quote the liberals...that would be weather, not climate.