Out of Control Policy Blog

Climate Change Redux

As a follow up to last week's post (see here) on the resignation of NOAA scientist Chris Landsea from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Competitive Enterprise Institute issued a statement today calling for IPCC chair Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri to step down due to a lack of objectivity:

    "'Dr. Pachauri's actions are those of a policy advocate, not an objective official,' said Iain Murray, Senior Fellow in International Policy. 'The world can no longer rely on him for accurate and unbiased analysis.'

    Dr. Pachauri recently served as scientific adviser for a report written by a consortium of American, British, and Australian leftist advocacy groups. The report, entitled 'Meeting the Climate Challenge,' makes outlandish scientific claims that are not supported by the IPCC's previous publications and recommends a number of ineffective and economically unsound policies.

    'Political activism is entirely inappropriate for the chairman of the IPCC. Dr. Pachauri has abused his official position, which carries great responsibilities, and thereby forfeited the public's trust,' said Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming Policy.

    Dr. Pachauri has a history of associating himself with left-wing advocacy. He provided a foreword to an alarmist report from the United Kingdom's New Economics Foundation and told Reuters that he hoped the next IPCC report, due in 2007, would 'produce a much stronger message' for the world.

    Last week, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane scientist Chris Landsea resigned from the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report in protest at a senior IPCC scientist's decision to 'utilize the media to push an unsupported agenda that recent hurricane activity has been due to global warming.' Dr. Pachauri did nothing to address Dr. Landsea's concerns."

I won't be holding my breath for Dr. Pachauri's resignation letter, but kudos to Iain Murray and Myron Ebell for staying on top of this.

I also reported on yet another sky-is-falling report (see here and here) warning us that global warming has led us to the very brink of Armageddon. Be sure to check out the blogger Diplomad's scathing and humorous dissection of this junk report:

    "According to the distinguished British "co-chair," after ten years IT'S ALL OVER!!! Yet the report has suggestions for actions to take by 2025 -- along with all the usual leftist bromides about more money for this or that, form a group to discuss, raise public awareness, blah, blah, blah."

Read the whole thing.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


« GAO: Transportation Projects Often Fail… | Main | Free the skies »




Out of Control Policy Archives