This website began because we saw the future of climate science, and it wasn’t pretty. Once the science failed we wanted those who pushed their agenda to be shown for who they are with their own words. We said: ‘When the shoddy science is finally overturned they will not come out of the meltdown unscathed.’
The meltdown has begun.
The IPCC is finally being revealed as the political body it is, not the scientific organization it pretended to be. There have been signs before that the IPCC’s credibility was suspect, such as the inclusion of the hockey-stick graph and their heavy reliance on computer modeling. However until now they have been able to maintain the look of a scientific organization, their (dubious) claim of ‘thousands of scientists’ caused many to trust implicitly. The recent revelations have removed the scientific sheep’s clothing from the wolf, and his deceptive intent is laid bare.
For those unfamiliar with the sequence of events, read my previous post. In a nutshell, the IPCC made a blatantly false claim that the Himalayan glaciers are likely to melt by 2035. When confronted by a team of Indian scientists with data which proved them wrong, their chairman, Pachauri, called their data ‘voodoo science’ and dismissed it entirely. They finally had to retract the statement recently, though Pachauri has refused to resign and refused even to investigate the matter.
This wasn’t the end. Just today the lead author for the Asia section of the report, which contained the false glacier quote, admitted that he knew the statement did not rest on any peer-reviewed science. Why did he include something that had no scientific basis? In his own words (Dr Murari Lal):
‘It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action…It had importance for the region, so we thought we should put it in.’ – Source
They wanted to impact policy-makers and politicians. Let’s be clear: this is no longer science. This is politics, specifically of the fear-mongering type. When Asian countries affected by glacier melt read this, they understandably should be concerned. This is no minor claim. They want action to be taken, by both their own countries and the world as a whole. If action isn’t taken, the glaciers will melt in 25 years with potentially disastrous consequences.
The problem isn’t simply that the IPCC caused that sort of alarm with unscientific claims. That would be a problem in and of itself, but the real troubling concern is far deeper. They wanted that alarm. Even worse, they intentionally created that alarm by including a false statement and claiming it was science.
A supposedly scientific organization making alarming claims without any proof in order to ‘impact policy-makers and politicians’ should not be so easily dismissed as Pachauri would like. I guarantee it won’t be.
In Part II we will look at the IPCC’s response to these events and see how it further undermines their credibility.