Sunday, January 31, 2010

IPCC Uses Questionable Data on Global Warming

It seems the United Nations panel on global warming has been using questionable data. The Telegraph is reporting that the IPCC used a college student's dissertation paper and articles from a mountaineering magazine, as proof of the melting ice caps on the worlds highest mountain ranges. The IPCC also used 16 non-peer reviewed reports from the World Wildlife Fund.

It looks like the layers of this stinky onion are revealing some nefarious activities. Remember the Professors of greed from East Anglia University and Pennsylvania State University? Yeah, the ones who demonized the "deniers" by questioning their data and motives.

These professors and their advocates demonized their opponents by questioning their status as climatologist; that they had no peer reviewed papers; or worse, that they were being paid off by "Big Oil". Now we know the truth. It is now being revealed how much money these universities are making in the form of government grants, and also from various businesses who stand to make a fortune at the expense of American taxpayers.

Now the microscope is turning on the IPCC and the questionable characters on its board:

Roger Sedjo, a senior research fellow at the US research organisation Resources for the Future who also contributed to the IPCC's latest report, added: "The IPCC is, unfortunately, a highly political organisation with most of the secretariat bordering on climate advocacy. "It needs to develop a more balanced and indeed scientifically sceptical behaviour pattern. The organisation tend to select the most negative studies ignoring more positive alternatives."

And it seems that the top scoundrel is the chairman Rajendra Pachauri:

The chair of the IPCC Rajendra Pachauri has faced mounting pressure and calls for his resignation amid the growing controversy over the error on glacier melting and use of unreliable sources of information.

A survey of 400 authors and contributors to the IPCC report showed, however, that the majority still support Mr Pachauri and the panel's vice chairs. They also insisted the overall findings of the report are robust despite the minor errors.

Chairman Pachauri has his fingers in various alternative energy companies, and stands to make a fortune in carbon trading. He is also a vegetarian who is making demands on the world to cut down on its meat consumption.

I guess Lord Acton's maxim is correct: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


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