How many teachers teach what they teach on climate because their bosses tell them to stick to the curricula? How many climate curricula creators create what they create because government tells them to? How many governments insist on what they insist upon on climate because their trusted authorities tell them to? Authorities such as the IPCC
|Evidence mounts but no arrests yet at the IPCC|
Here is a brief extract from the new post (linked to in the title below):
See the above-linked posts by Donna and Roger for the rest of this story. In a nutshell:
1. The IPCC lied in that press release three times:
1.1 It claimed that the relevant 2007 report was accurate when it was demonstrably not
1.2 It claimed that the IPCC's procedures had been followed when they demonstrably had not
1.3 It claimed that an unpublished paper said essentially the opposite of what it was found to contain when it was eventually published
2. The IPCC included, in the 2007 version of its relevant materials (but not in the 2006, nor in the 2008) a graph which seems to have been an invention of IPCC activists and which cannot be found anywhere in the relevant scientific literature.
And the inaction? The IPCC has not yet apologised, nor retracted the seriously misleading statements. As Pielke says in his post :
'The IPCC 26 January 2010 press release still sits uncorrected on the IPCC website (here in PDF). If the IPCC has a commitment to getting things right, shouldn't it correct "baseless and misleading" claims that it has made? '
The harm and loss which the scaremongering over CO2 has already brought to the world is still accumulating and may well do so for many years yet while we wait for politicians to catch up with the reality of what is known about the minor role of this trace gas in the climate system. They may well wish to direct some of their subsequent anger to the shoddy and rule-breaking way in which the IPCC has been run and directed. Given the very high stakes involved and the degree of trust accorded it by ill-informed governments, that really does border on the criminal.