A cabal exposed

February 7, 2010

Paul sends a link to an op-ed by Margaret Wente in The Globe and Mail. It summarizes some of the more dubious and fraudulent claims made to support the IPCC’s reports on climate change. RTWT.

The great global warming collapse

In 2007, the most comprehensive report to date on global warming, issued by the respected United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, made a shocking claim: The Himalayan glaciers could melt away as soon as 2035.

These glaciers provide the headwaters for Asia’s nine largest rivers and lifelines for the more than one billion people who live downstream. Melting ice and snow would create mass flooding, followed by mass drought. The glacier story was reported around the world. Last December, a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental pressure group, warned, “The deal reached at Copenhagen will have huge ramifications for the lives of hundreds of millions of people who are already highly vulnerable due to widespread poverty.” To dramatize their country’s plight, Nepal’s top politicians strapped on oxygen tanks and held a cabinet meeting on Mount Everest.

But the claim was rubbish, and the world’s top glaciologists knew it. It was based not on rigorously peer-reviewed science but on an anecdotal report by the WWF itself.

One of the lessons I’m taking from Climategate and its aftermath is a growing disbelief in any objectivity at the United Nations. This may not be news to those who follow the U.N. but it seems even more prone to power-hungry factions than the U.S. government. (And that’s a pretty low standard for unbiased policies that actually, y’know, benefit citizens – as opposed to simply expanding government power.)

Until now, I’ve been giving the U.N. the benefit of the doubt. But no more Mr. Nice Guy.

That’s one of Ms. Wente’s points: a cabal in the AGW camp has destroyed a lot more than just confidence in their case for climate change. They’ve damaged everyone’s confidence in finding objectivity among scientists and among people at the United Nations. They’re making a lot of people look like the Boy Who Cried, ‘Wolf!’

I’ll bet there are many people now wondering whether any scientific evidence can be trusted. I wouldn’t be too surprised to find people putting scare quotes around the words scientific evidence.

That would be a very scary thing since we rely on technology to the extent we do.

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