“The judge identified nine aspects of An Inconvenient Truth, nine core errors, where Al Gore either misstated the IPCC or prejudicially exaggerated what they found.” John Day is the lawyer for a British parent who sued the British Department
of Education when they tried to distribute An Inconvenient Truth to schools.
IPCC member admits to not reading IPCC report
Written by Kristin McMurray   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:35
In another blow to the organization's crumbling credibility, a senior Irish member of the IPCC admitted that he has not bothered to read the fourth IPCC report in its entirety, but advocates "changing our lifestyle" based on its findings.
Pat Finnegan
Pat Finnegan is a member of Working Group III (WG3), which is the mitigation panel of the IPCC.   In a shocking admission, he recently disclosed on Irish Radio, during a debate with documentary film maker Phelim McAleer that he has not read the full IPCC report.

Mr. Finnegan explained he had not read the report because "it was over 1800 pages long."

But not reading 75 percent of the report didn't stop Finnegan from telling us in a 2007 press release that the world needs to change because of what was in the report and that we all need to "change our lifestyle."

Pardon me, Mr. Finnegan, but given the IPCC's recent difficulties, I think you have some reading to do. 

You need to read a report before you use it as a basis for changing people's lives — particularly some of the poorest people on the planet who depend on cheap energy so that they and their children can have a future.

For instance, if you had read the whole report you might have noticed a long list of errors spanning from mistaken predictions about melting Himalayan glaciers, counting the sea levels twice in the Netherlands, or simply noticing the IPCC chairman's conflicts of interest.

Perhaps it's time for the IPCC and Pat Finnegan to stop giving advice and start taking it, for starters, by fact-checking their own reports.  Rumor has it you do that by actually reading it.

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Neil Foster said:

No surprise
It's funny. This is now becoming so 'normal' to hear now that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that these people are going ahead with the agenda regardless of the facts.

We have to step up the fight to expose these liars and charlatans for what they are.
February 24, 2010
Votes: +14

George Grisancich said:

Can't read - don't preach!
Executive summaries, white papers, summaries for policy makers and such should never exist in business or, especially, in politics. Policy makers that do not bother to read the full content of a report should not be granted the privilege of passing judgment.

Reports like these from the IPCC are deliberately made ridiculously long in order to deter reading in full, rather than to increase our understanding.

Anyhoo, it's back to junior high school for this lot. Perhaps there should be a comprehension test at the end of each report and the reader must demonstrate a certain minimum level of understanding before being permitted to comment, and at least some higher level of mastery before being allowed to vote.
February 24, 2010
Votes: +9

Central VA said:

Thanks to Phelim for helping to elicit this shocking admission from Pat Finnegan. It confirms what I've long suspected and feared: that most who advocate radical action on climate change are blind followers of left wing fashion, not well-informed thinkers who have surveyed the evidence and drawn their own conclusions.
February 25, 2010
Votes: +7

daniel messerli said:

Unless we get active they will find a way out of their web of lies
Unbelievable would be the word if we weren't dealing with politicians and crooks... but I keep forgetting that being a crook and a liar has always been a prerequisite for most politicians. Attempting to fuse politics and science through a UN body (called the IPCC) makes as much sense as trying to fit 4 african elephants into a VW Bug. But we should never underestimate their willingness and their power to push this thing to it's conclusion which, of course, is a centralized world wide political body whose members you can neither vote into nor out of power. World governments will be forced to subscribe to these policies and you will have no say in it anymore. I gotta hand it to them, they did find the perfect vehicle with the "save the world, save the climate" lie and they were inches from accomplishing their mission had it not been for climate gate. But they will keep on. While the public is waking up to the reality, the politicians have already heavily investest and are counting on future revenues of the carbon taxations, so it is virtually impossible for them to go back.
Anyway, unless we - that includes YOU - get active and each one do what they can, then they will be able to push this thing through despite everyone knowing it's all BS.
I wish to remain hopeful that it isn't too late but when I see that despite all that has come to light already the main media is carefully censoring climategate and only bits and pieces trickle through, pieces which they then put their spin on and it get's lost or rendered meaningless.... so who has the courage to continue ? Do you ? .... WE must.
February 25, 2010
Votes: +6

Steven Rogers said:

It's a philosophical position, not a scientific position based on data
Their position is essentially a philosophical one about man's proper place in the world. There's nothing wrong with that in itself - the problem is that they're using the "data" approach to present their position as if it contained no value judgements. That's why this movement is so strong - it's a philosophical movement, not one about climate or any kind of scientific data. I don't think most of them have identified their fundamental premises, they just have a strong emotional feeling that the way civilization is moving is wrong. It's not that they're fabricating a scientific cover story so much as the pseudo-science provides an explanation for the feeling. But it's not the *basis* for the feeling. That's why they don't have to read the reports in detail.

They won't go away just because of these credibility issues. If you oppose what they're doing, you'd better be ready to oppose their philosophy - the value judgements behind the feeling that western civilization is wrong. A big chunk of the world is lined up against reason and western civilization.
February 26, 2010
Votes: +2

Philip J Mole' said:

Global Warming
Global warming is a fraud perpetrated on the global public,a political tactic to gain power & economic profits by Al Gore (a non-scientist) and Obama.
The data is flawed, the theory is false, will de-ploy workers, a hoax, myth, bogas cooked data--I have examined it all. ---those who believe are a member of a dangerous CULT
February 28, 2010
Votes: +0

joltinjoe said:

There doesn't seem to be a concerned true scientist in the whole bunch at the IPCC. Railroad engineers, socialscientists, and financially interested folks are the source of this fraud. It amazes me that anyone still believes that there is any global warming at all much any to worry about. Now you know!
March 01, 2010
Votes: +0

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