UN IPCC: Fix it or fold it

Russ Steele

Ever since Ross McKitrick and Steve McIntyre exposed Michael Mann’s Hockey Stick as a fraud I have been following their writings with a Google Alert. This morning I was alerted to an article Ross McKitrick in the Financial Post: UN IPCC: Fix it or fold it

Here is an extract from Ross’s article [emphasis added]:

Most people would not consider themselves sufficiently well-trained to adjudicate conflicting claims on the science of global warming. But you don’t have to be a scientist to be capable of understanding when an investigative procedure is biased. The IPCC assessment process has material defects, which are sufficiently serious and numerous to put into question the soundness of some of its most heavily promoted claims.

What are some of the flaws? IPCC report-writing teams are cherry-picked in an opaque process by a secretive bureau in Geneva, with no effective requirements to ensure representation of diverse viewpoints. Environmentalist campaign groups are heavily overrepresented in the resulting author lists. Conflicts of interest abound throughout the report-writing process, whereby select authors are asked to review their own work and that of their critics, inevitably concluding in their own favour. The expert review process has become little more than elegant stagecraft, creating an illusion of adversarial cross-examination while concealing the reality of unchecked author bias. Unlike in regular academic peer review procedures, IPCC authors are allowed to overrule reviewers, and even to rewrite the text after the close of the peer review process.

In his article Ross uses some of the Climategate 2.0 e-mails do demonstrate the level of corruption that exists in the selection of IPCC Report authors and contributors.

In a pair of emails (nos. 0714 and 3205), ­IPCC lead author Phil Jones goes through lists of possible CAs with his IPCC coauthor Kevin Trenberth, declaring “Getting people we know and trust is vital.” He then categorizes his recommendations based, not on whether the person is the most qualified but on whether the person is “on the right side” (namely agrees with him), or whether he “trusts” him or not. At one point he dismisses a particular expert who “has done a lot but I don’t trust him.” This kind of cronyism is shown by the emails to be rampant in the IPCC.

Why is this article important to California readers of this post? The IPCC reports were the main justification for the development of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Justification that was developed by cherry-picked science team permeated by cronyism to “give government a strong message” that global warming was a clear and present danger, when in fact the team had some serious doubts. However, their paymasters wanted a strong message and they got what they paid for. Now we are paying the price for this scientific deception.

Why do we continue to put up with this crap?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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