The IPCC was recently forced to admit that a central claim of their Fourth Assessment Report was false, and based on no real science whatsoever. Let’s quickly review the sequence of statements made by the actors in this comedy of errors:
The Fourth Assessment report of 2007 stated:
‘Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate.’
India’s Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh led a team of Indian scientists to study the glaciers, and concluded the following:
‘It is a serious issue. Most of the Himalayan glaciers are in a poor state, but the report that suggested that the glaciers will vanish completely by 2035 is alarmist and misplaced…’
Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the IPCC attempted to dismiss Ramesh’s findings by saying such things as:
‘Schoolboy science’, ‘voodoo science’, ‘not peer-reviewed’, ‘we have a very clear idea of what is happening’ [in the Himalaya’s]
The rest is history. As anyone with common sense knew, the hundreds of feet thick glaciers had a 0% chance of melting by 2035. This did not keep the chairman of the IPCC from dismissing (and openly mocking) a factual report created by an entire team of Indian scientists. What does this tell us about Pachauri and the IPCC?
- The IPCC is not rigorous in validating their claims.
- The IPCC is willing to use data originating from non-scientific sources.
- When confronted with data which conflicts their own, the IPCC makes no attempt to check the validity of their own claims.
- All of the thousands of participants in the IPCC failed to notice a blatant scientific impossibility in their own report.
- Pachauri is not a scientist and does not understand the scientific process or Pachauri understands the scientific process and willingly chooses to deviate from it.
Pachauri is refusing to resign and refusing to even investigate how the error made it into the report. In his defense, that would be the shortest investigation in history and entirely pointless. The IPCC is not a scientific organization, it is a political body. They used whatever data supported their political goals. Investigation closed.