|Pachauri nothing but a yes-man|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Monday, 17 May 2010 11:48|
The IPCC Chairman expanded his public profile from racy-romance novelist, world traveler, and glacier doomsayer to expose what he's been all along: a yes-man.
Rajendra Pachauri spoke at the opening session of a UN-commissioned review into the IPCC's workings, saying, "...we have to make sure we do our best and live up to the expectations of the public and of governments, which are basically our masters."
Except, we aren't looking at one mistake (and it was a rather large one). The 2007 IPCC report also had extreme predictions that we'd see stronger typhoons, Africa's crop yields would be cut in half, the Amazon would lose its rainforest, and that half of the Netherlands would be under water. All of these predictions relied on non peer-reviewed literature, one resource was even a mountaineering magazine.
Last I checked, science answers to theories that relied on accurate data, not the masses or government bodies. This type of yes-man behavior indicates a business creating a product for the masses, not scientific conclusions.
Pachauri went on to defend his inaccurate prediction of the Himalayan glaciers melting by 2035, saying the IPCC had to rely on grey literature because sometimes it was all that was available.
In the beginning of this year the climate change community faced over 19 scandals.
The obvious answer to Pachauri's defense of "this is all we had" was not to include literature that hasn't been peer-reviewed, but than that would have involved a yes-man using the word "no."
These practices have turned the IPCC reports into nothing more than propaganda pieces to pass climate legislation. I look forward to the UN commission's conclusion, as Pachauri and the IPCC's reports have very little in common with a scientific process.
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