Bernie Madoff has nothing on the crime syndicate led by Rajendra Pachauri and Lyin' ["The Science is Settled"] Al Gore. As the formerly AGW advocate Toronto Daily Mail finally notices:
Meantime, the IPCC – the body widely regarded, until now, as the ultimate authority on climate science – is looking worse and worse. After it was forced to retract its claim about melting glaciers, Mr. Pachauri dismissed the error as a one-off. But other IPCC claims have turned out to be just as groundless.
For example, it warned that large tracts of the Amazon rain forest might be wiped out by global warming because they are extremely susceptible to even modest decreases in rainfall. The sole source for that claim, reports The Sunday Times of London, was a magazine article written by a pair of climate activists, one of whom worked for the WWF. One scientist contacted by the Times, a specialist in tropical forest ecology, called the article “a mess.”
Worse still, the Times has discovered that Mr. Pachauri's own Energy and Resources Unit, based in New Delhi, has collected millions in grants to study the effects of glacial melting – all on the strength of that bogus glacier claim, which happens to have been endorsed by the same scientist who now runs the unit that got the money. Even so, the IPCC chief is hanging tough. He insists the attacks on him are being orchestrated by companies facing lower profits.
Pretty cozy little set-up for Pachauri, who got his degree in railroad engineering of all fields in North Carolina, making him obvious Nobel Prize recipient material for a five-woman panel who gives the Prize to the likes of Al Gore [highest science grade in college divinity school = D+] and a newly-sworn-in Obama.
The IRCC, Obama, the UN and other members of the international left want nothing more than to tax the very air affluent countries breathe. Thank you, PRC, for scuttling the ridiculous Copenhagen Summit las month which proves that an unabashed COMMUNIST government is to the right of the crime syndicate headed by Obama & various NGO chiefs like Pachauri---all aiming in a RICO scheme to deprive free men [and Europeans] of what little liberty they have left. The G & M continues in its 180-degree turn on the AGW issue:
Until now, anyone who questioned the credibility of the IPCC was labelled as a climate skeptic, or worse. But many climate scientists now sense a sinking ship, and they're bailing out. Among them is Andrew Weaver, a climatologist at the University of Victoria who acknowledges that the climate body has crossed the line into advocacy. Even Britain's Greenpeace has called for Mr. Pachauri's resignation. India says it will establish its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it “cannot rely” on the IPCC.
None of this is to say that global warming isn't real, or that human activity doesn't play a role, or that the IPCC is entirely wrong, or that measures to curb greenhouse-gas emissions aren't valid. But the strategy pursued by activists (including scientists who have crossed the line into advocacy) has turned out to be fatally flawed.
By exaggerating the certainties, papering over the gaps, demonizing the skeptics and peddling tales of imminent catastrophe, they've discredited the entire climate-change movement. The political damage will be severe. As Mr. Mead succinctly puts it: “Skeptics up, Obama down, cap-and-trade dead.” That also goes for Canada, whose climate policies are inevitably tied to those of the United States.
“I don't think it's healthy to dismiss proper skepticism,” says John Beddington, the chief scientific adviser to the British government. He is a staunch believer in man-made climate change, but he also points out the complexity of climate science. “Science grows and improves in the light of criticism. There is a fundamental uncertainty about climate change prediction that can't be changed.” In his view, it's time to stop circling the wagons and throw open the doors. How much the public will keep caring is another matter.
Hopeless moral lepers like Gore & cabalmeister Pachauri notwithstanding, it appears that Richard Feynman's great speech on Cargo Cult Science has prevailed over the Chicken Little panic attacks of frauds and "Sky is Falling" hoaxsters who hoped to pull a fast one while the gullible and undereducated [morally and ethically] leftish lumpenproletariat watched like those Germans gazed on the Holocaust during World War II.
East Anglia Capi di Tutti Capiti Phil Jones, the head of the IRCC stat-magic cabal who skewed and cheated on the numbers, whines that he thought about suicide, then changed his so-called mind. "He fiercely defends the unit’s science — “I stand by it 100%” — but now accepts that he did not treat Freedom of Information (FoI) requests for the data as seriously as he should have done. Jones believes that the unit was maliciously targeted with multiple FoI requests by climate change sceptics determined to disrupt its work." Or, from another point of view, the FOI recipients might have outed the phony numbers and fake "science" embedded in hoaxer Jones' so-called output. Actually, he delayed on the FOI requests for over five years, so the protests that he was "maliciously targeted" can be stood on their head and made to say he "maliciously avoided" due diligence outside a small coterie of select cabal-members.
UPDATE 2Obama's complete loss of credibility on climate change issues was demonstrated at Copenhagen:
...on the last day of the talks, the Americans tried to fix up one-to-one meetings between Mr Obama and the leaders of South Africa, Brazil and India – but failed each time. The Indians even said that their prime minister, Manmohan Singh, had already left for the airport.
So Mr Obama must have felt something of a chump when he arrived for a last-minute meeting with Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, only to find him already deep in negotiations with the leaders of none other than Brazil, South Africa and India. Symbolically, the leaders had to squeeze up to make space for the American president around the table.
There was more than symbolism at work. In Copenhagen, Brazil, South Africa and India decided that their status as developing nations was more important than their status as democracies. Like the Chinese, they argued that it is fundamentally unjust to cap the greenhouse gas emissions of poor countries at a lower level than the emissions of the US or the European Union; all the more so since the industrialised west is responsible for the great bulk of the carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.
Obama's wishful-thinking projection of a kinder gentler USA has predictably been taken as a demonstration of weakness---countries new to democracy with brutal histories regard weakness as something to be exploited, not as a signal to play pattycake in a sandbox of globalization kumbayeh silliness.