Breaking News: IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri to face independent inquiry

Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chairman

Excerpts from the Telegraph article

By Geoffrey Lean, in Bali

Rajendra Pachauri, the controversial Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to face an international inquiry into the performance of his organisation.

Environment and Climate ministers meeting in closed session in Bali last night insisted that an independent review should be carried out following the publicising of mistakes in its last report, and a row surrounding Dr Pachauri’s robust response to his critics. If his management is found to be at fault his position could become untenable.

Participants in the unprecedented meeting – held at the annual assembly of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council in Bali – were sworn to secrecy over the decision and it is only expected to be announced after its detaled scope and composition have been worked out by UNEP and the World Meteorological Organisation, the two UN agencies that oversee the IPCC’s work.

The review is to report by August to allow time for its conclusions – and Dr Pachauri’s position – to be assessed before the IPCC meets for its own annual assembly in Korea in October.

Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director said that the IPCC faced a “crisis of confidence” with the public. , According to participants at the meeting, Dr Pachauri expressed regret for any mistakes that had been made, but stopped short of apologising for them. “He gave the impression of making an apology without actually doing so”, said one.

The participants add that he admitted only one mistake, a discredited prediction that the glaciers of the Himalayas would entirely melt away by 2035, for which the IPCC has already apologised. They say he described other alleged errors – such as a prediction that food production in parts of Africa might be cut in half by 2020 or the citing of studies by pressure groups rather than peer-reviewed research – as misunderstandings.

Their main concern has been over the aggressive way in which Dr Pachauri has responded to criticism, beginning with denouncing Indian research suggesting that the glaciers were not melting so rapidly as “voodoo science”. Many wish he would resign,. But he was reelected unopposed less than 18 months ago,and has often rejected doing so.

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179 Responses to Breaking News: IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri to face independent inquiry

  1. Joe says:

    Cover your Butts boys.

    The calvary is a coming!

    IPCC in damage control mode.

  2. Daniel H says:

    “Participants in the unprecedented meeting – held at the annual assembly of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council in Bali – were sworn to secrecy over the decision”

    Well they sure as hell aren’t very good at keeping a sworn secret if it has already been leaked to the media! (Mental note: Never tell a UN bureaucrat my deepest darkest secrets.)

  3. Mike Bryant says:

    They sure took their sweet time… He’ll be gone, replaced by another true believer… IF there are any credible believers left.

  4. mack says:

    Lean is a long time apologist for the AGW crew.His blogs attract a lot of ridicule on the DT site. Just FYI

  5. Rob says:

    climategate and the power of the bogs, are the wheels coming off.

  6. NickB. says:

    Only 1 mistake and everything else was just a “misunderstanding”

    I’m curious if he read Gavin’s statement verbatim or if he rewrote it to give a little Love Guru flavor?

  7. John says:

    Good news and I had to chuckle at reading this straight after reading about Glencoe ski centre receiving record snow:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8538404.stm

  8. Steve says:

    Robust!

  9. John R. Judge says:

    On of the great villians of the global warming fraud. Pachauri- may his name live on in infamy.

  10. Henry chance says:

    Wait. The EPA is relying on his IPCC reports for story time. The EPA is not a research set up but relies on the IPCC for research which also doesn’t do research but does publish lengthy newsletters.

  11. AleaJactaEst says:

    Live by the sword…….

  12. JonesII says:

    Participants in the unprecedented meeting – held at the annual assembly of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council in Bali – were sworn to secrecy over the decision and it is only expected to be announced after its detaled scope and composition have been worked out by UNEP and the World Meteorological Organisation, the two UN agencies that oversee the IPCC’s work

    Why a meeting in a paradise south pacific island?. Don´t be naive, everything will be just “roses, roses” for Little ugly Patchee…

  13. Joe says:

    Here is what I don’t get.
    These organizations are under the same umbrella of the UN and the same scientists in the same field will be reviewing what ever documents that Dr Pachauris office will allow.

    This is really the UN having a scape goat for shooting off at the mouth. It will have nothing to do with the science as this would put both organizations into the frying pan.

    Will research documents be opened up?
    Not likely!

  14. Veronica says:

    “The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small.”

  15. JimReedy says:

    All a misunderstanding….

    These misunderstandings are projected to cost us Trillions of dollars…..

    Rather expensive misunderstandings that….

    Will watch with interest…and not a small amount of cheering…
    (assuming whitewash is not the colour of choice…)

    Unfortunately I think this ‘crisis of confidence’ should claim many more
    scalps before its over….

    cheers

    Jim

    [Moderators... I have changed to a full name from my previous]

  16. PJB says:

    Their main concern has been over the aggressive way in which Dr Pachauri has responded to criticism,

    And they refer to skeptics as “deniers”!

    What ever happened to accountability? Oh yeah, right, that line is far away from the money wicket….

    Hopefully a bloodbath will ensue and a new sheriff will install law and order to the wild, wild west of the climate frontier….when that happens we will just have to watch out for all of those flying pigs.

  17. dfrith says:

    part of me hopes he stays there for a while longer… I have no faith in the IPCC whatsoever, and he is now a liability to them
    The longer he stays, the less credible they are – the higher the chance of a complete clean slate start again approach

  18. Jörg Schulze says:

    Too late,too little, but possibly a first step to scrap the whole IPCC altogether.

  19. John of Kent says:

    I agree, Pachauri should stay as head of the IPCC. He is unwittingly our greatest ally!

  20. IsoTherm says:

    Six Phases of a Project

    * Enthusiasm
    * Disillusionment
    * PANIC
    * Search for Guilty
    * Punishment of Innocent
    * Praise & Honors for Non-Participants

  21. STEPHEN PARKER says:

    chickens, home , roost. But he’s made his money

  22. Joe says:

    dfrith (05:31:07) :
    The review is to report by August to allow time for its conclusions – and Dr Pachauri’s position to be assessed before the IPCC meets for its own annual assembly in Korea in October.

  23. Mark Fawcett says:

    On topic – good; either way this goes I think it’s positive. If he stays the IPCC will be seen to be a whitewashing political outfit, if he goes the IPCC will have tacitly admitted that the science is suspect.

    Off topic – now it’s the whales (or at least the hunting thereof): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8538033.stm – definitely one for my “save this and send it back to the authors when it all comes crashing down”.

    Cheers

    Mark

  24. wws says:

    I’m actually quite glad they’re leaving him in place until August – every day he stays in that office is another blow to what little remaining credibility the IPCC has left. Now they are going to let the public know (example: this article) that they have no confidence in him or respect for him – don’t they realize that the public around the world will instantly reach the same conclusions? And that lack of confidence and respect will immediately be transferred to the IPCC itself. This is why successful organizations never allow failed managers to remain in place.

    But Pachouri, of course, will not resign. Look at this from his perspective, the perspective of the life long grifter, the con artist who’s riding the gravy train – every day more is another day of per diems and travel allowances and magical salaries that he knows he doesn’t deserve and could never replace. It’s all free money waiting to be scooped up, so why would he ever give any of that up voluntarily? Even with the criticism, he’s got it made!!!

    And it’s even worse for the IPCC than that – waiting this long will give Pachouri plenty of time to bribe, I mean organize, supporters in smaller 3rd world countries by convincing them that this is just an evil plot by the Euro’s to take away their influence. All he needs to do is to make a big enough fight inside the membership to create chaos and he can collect that salary and suck down those per diems for a long, long time. I expect him to start screaming “Racist!” almost every day from here on out, that’s always guaranteed to shut the Euro-critics up.

    This is how formerly influential organizations die, and this is the path the IPCC has just chosen. ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

  25. Ira says:

    It is past time for Pachauri to resign or be forced out at IPCC for his failure to manage an influential organization (funded by governments) within the accepted bounds of the scientific method. SImilar management failures have already caused Phil Jones of CRU to step aside. Michael Mann at Penn State and James Hansen at NASA GISS have also committed scientific malpractice at the public trough and should step aside as well.

    I believe each of these men, and most of their colleagues, started out as basically honest “true believers” in their holy mission of saving the Earth from human-caused Global Warming. However, as the science started to show we had never been near any kind of “tipping point” and there was no immediate crisis, they either forced themselves into a state of denial, or they acquiesed into “cooking the books” to retain their privileged leadership positions and honors and perks that went along with it. Either way, they do not deserve to have responsibility for spending public money in the area of climate science.

  26. Jud says:

    Is that the sound of a bus I hear in the distance?…

  27. Mr Geoffrey Lean should be next under investigation – he has published more rubbish than any journalist I know on the ‘horrors’ of AGW. What a hypocrite he is!

    PS to Joe: I think it’s ‘Cavalry’ not ‘Calvary’ ? The latter refers to the Crucifixion!

  28. DD More says:

    And any word or study of his financial featherbedding?

  29. Pamela Gray says:

    Choose an insider for Leader
    Enthusiasm
    Praise & Honors for the Leader
    Disillusionment
    Blaming and punishment of Outsiders, rocks and stones
    PANIC
    Search for the Guilty insider and silent dismissal
    Praise & Honors for the Non-leaders
    Repeat but paint the Insider as an Outsider

  30. MattN says:

    The response will be: “Return to your homes, nothing more to see here….”

  31. E O'Connor says:

    If he does end up going rather than being transferred to another UN position then the headline could be –

    The Chairman who fell without grace from the IPCC

  32. psi says:

    Why am I not surprised? O, I’ve been reading WUWT!

  33. Henry chance says:

    If he is removed, it is an admission of guilt. If he stays, in is an admission of condoning cover up and sloppy work.
    He would fit as a blogger on climateprogress.

  34. johnnythelowery says:

    PLease…………………..AUDIT!

  35. johnnythelowery says:

    It could be India bombed out of the IPCC because they know better than anyone how corrupt the IPCC is with ‘Patchy Morals’ at the helm. I love Indian and I kind of like India now!! But you are right, having sexually literate Balderick promoted to the helm was a coup!

  36. Capn Jack. says:

    That duck is dead.

    It’s a show about nothing.

  37. Andrew30 says:

    Nick Nuttall, of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) told Reuters: “It will be [made up of] senior scientific figures. I can’t name who they are right now. It should do a review of the IPCC, produce a report by, say, August and there is a plenary of the IPCC in South Korea in October. The report will go there for adoption.”

    If this is to be an Independent investigation, would that not exclude ALL of the contributors to AR4?

    So where are they going to find the “Independent” “senior scientific figures”?

  38. John Whitman says:

    tic – Hockey Stick busted, Mann investigated

    toc – Incovenient Truth errors shown

    tic – Dr Phil Jones exposed by released emails

    toc – Copenhagen Climate Conference collapses

    tic – Dr Michael Mann investigation (again), this time at PSU

    toc – AR4 MultiGated

    tic – Yvo de Boer resigns effective this summer

    toc – ~15 trend shows no statistically significant global warming while CO2 conc in atmosphere increase

    tic – Dr R. Pachauri to be investigated

    Remember that crocodile with the clock in its stomach that follows Capt Hook around in Peter Pan?

    tic – ? NCDC/NOAA temp data adjustment questions

    toc – ? GISS/NASA temp data adjustment questions

    tic – ? Legal action against EPA Endangerment Findings

    toc – ? US midterm elections strengten Rep over Dems

    tic – ? more open climate science environment spawns countless new studies that reveal bias approach of UNIPCC, US gov’t and NGOs funded studies

    toc – gulp, burp

    John

  39. Robinson says:

    Do we really need another whitewash?

  40. johnnythelowery says:

    Gore. Calling Gore……….Come in Gore. Are you out there Darling? It’s all gone a bit quiet over at his Palace.

  41. E O'Connor says:

    From the Telegraph article -
    “The two agencies [UNEP and WMO] are expected first to approach national academies of sciences and to ensure that it examines the management of the organisation as well as its scientific procedures.”

    And what has been the climate change position of the Academies up to the present?

  42. Peter Miller says:

    If the ‘review’ is not a whitewash – and there is always a very small chance of that – then Pachauri will undoubtedly play the race card.

    In the meantime, there is absolutely no way the actual accounts for his TERI organisation will be released, so we can see how much he and his cronies are personally milking our gullible governments.

    It is normal practice for professional organisations anywhere in the world to release audited annual: i) income statements, ii) balance sheets, and iii) salaries/benefits of the principals.

    Obviously, TERI does not consider itself to be a professional organisation or it would publish these figures.

  43. ML says:

    IMO the picture of Pachauri is photoshoped. Jail numbers at the bottom are missing. LOL

  44. Ruhroh says:

    Will the USEPA be privy to the supersecret proceedings?

    Who do VooDoo? Do you?

    RR

  45. DirkH says:

    They will probably try to replace Dr. Pachauri with a different politician and reanimate the AGW cult, and it will range from the painful to the funny to watch it. Going on balancing honesty with efficiency.

  46. RockyRoad says:

    If this bozo won’t go, toss the whole crew. Serves ‘em right.

  47. JonesII says:

    Why do these guys behave like billionaires, spending a lot of OUR money?, Can´t they make their jamboree in a cheaper location? Don´t you think this has gone too far, considering their ethical level is after Climate-Gate?
    Wouldn´t it be better if this investigation is made IN A POLICE STATION of any decent country?

  48. David says:

    With (utterly insincere) apologies to Tamino:

    When AGW fraud becomes so obvious that Joe sixpack can no longer deny it — which will happen before this decade is out — the backlash will be ugly. I hope it doesn’t reach the heights of abusiveness that struck the nobility class after the French revolution — but I wouldn’t bet on it. Even pacifists like myself will probably be unable to stem the thirst for revenge.

    My advice to Pachauri: prepare to flee the pitchfork-and-torch-carrying mob.

  49. Jimbo says:

    A bit more detail from the Guardian Newspaper

    “Nick Nuttall, of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) told Reuters: “It will be [made up of] senior scientific figures. I can’t name who they are right now. It should do a review of the IPCC, produce a report by, say, August and there is a plenary of the IPCC in South Korea in October. The report will go there for adoption.””

    He added: “There’s no review panel at the moment. Yesterday, it was clear from the member states roughly how they would like this panel to be – fully independent and not appointed by the IPCC, but appointed by an independent group of scientists themselves.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/26/ipcc-independent-scientific-review

  50. Skeptic says:

    This investigation will be another carefully planned and orchestrated whitewash. The climate change alarmists now have experience with this sort of thing with Mann and CRU. Pachauri will come out of this exercise with a ringing endorsement, more money and broader powers

  51. JonesII says:

    Why don´t they donate all their expected expenditures (caviar, and rented sex workers included) for alleviate the hunger of the starving children y Africa?
    Perhaps they at least participate in the new recording of the song “We are the world”.
    Think the time has come for these guys to receive an exemplary lesson…
    A stake with a big carbon footprint would work ok…but if they wanna something greener we can suggest, instead, a brand new mechanical Guillotine.

  52. Wayne R says:

    PJB:

    There should be no problem with all those flying pigs. Just carry a robust umbrella.

    ==Wayne

  53. Unconvinced says:

    Do you suppose they held their IPCC (Global Warming Advocacy) meeting in Bali, on a S. Pacific tropical island… because the UN’s HQ in NY is SNOWED IN?!… LOL!…

  54. GeorgeTetley says:

    Dr. Pachauri,
    who has no mirrors in his house, has one fear, that someone will look under his mattress, living in a million$ mansion, ( staff of 17 ) private 9 hole golf coarse, 2 (yes 2 ) private cricket pitches, private badminton court, etc, etc,. his ‘institution’ is a charity, millions in, no taxes out, Dr. Richard North at ‘eureferendum’ has listed his ‘known’ assets and given a very good account of the millions of taxpayers $ that he has squirreled away.

  55. magicjava says:

    NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    NOT PATCHY!

    I LUVS ME SOME PATCHY!

    *shakes fist at cold, uncaring world*

    There is no God.

  56. Alan the Brit says:

    I like it. I’ll try the same tack when I go into a supermarket & say that taking that £10 note out of the till was a mistake, but taking that bunch of fivers was merely a misunderstanding! I wonder if it would stand up in court?

    Old Chairmen of the IPCC never die, they don’t even have the decency to resign! Will he jump or does he have to be pushed?

    What I think is that as we British drive vast chunks of the IPCC machinery in all sorts of ways, (nobody creates paperwork like we do), they should get the UEA, Hadley, & Met Office experts to investigate it all, headed up by well known independent expert, Sir Evers O’Slightly-Biased! Guess what the outcome would be? No one did anything wrong, no rules or laws were breached, it really all was just a misunderstanding, carry on as normal & hide the decline! I’m proud to be English, (prouder still if we beat the Irish tomorrow at Twickers) & proud to be British, after all, who’s been the best at telling porkies over the last 13 years?

  57. JonesII says:

    Andrew30 (06:12:56) :
    there is a plenary of the IPCC in South Korea in October
    May I humbly suggest North Corea instead, on a atomic bombs test field?

  58. Christoph says:

    @ Mark Fawcett

    Whales, the forests of the ocean. Now I’ve heard everything.

    What insane lunatics.

  59. DirkH says:

    “Mark Fawcett (05:41:22) :
    [...]
    Off topic – now it’s the whales (or at least the hunting thereof): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8538033.stm – ”

    Excerpt:
    “A century of whaling may have released more than 100 million tonnes – or a large forest’s worth – of carbon into the atmosphere, scientists say.

    Whales store carbon within their huge bodies and when they are killed, much of this carbon can be released. ”

    Talk about impressive numbers. A SMALL FOREST! OMG!
    Ok, so that’s a sign of desperation. How do we convince the masses? Let’s try whales, that usually works.

  60. Henry chance says:

    Here is the US EPA referring many times to the IPCC for endangerment.

    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/recentac.html

    Remember Our pal gal Judith is an IPCC reviewer. Lisa Jackson is now lying and saying the EPA never relied on the IPCC and Pachauri.

    Back peddle time. Like the IPCC back peddled on 2035 for Indian glaciers?

    Pachuri is turning his gravy train into a trainwreck and Judith, Jackson and Boxer were on the train. Was Judith not thinking?
    Now Pebody Coal made the deadline and filed a protest in court regarding the EPA comments period. There are 16 lawsuits.

    Follow the crooks.

    WWF and greenpeace write Poely bear articles
    IPCC publishes them and tosses in some glacier melt stories
    The EPA buys in and says it is Our aerosols showing up in India.
    Now the head of climate bails from UN
    Pauchauri is facing eviction hearings
    The EPA acts like they never heard of the IPCC.

  61. DirkH says:

    “DirkH (06:56:14) :
    [...]
    Talk about impressive numbers. A SMALL FOREST! OMG!”

    Oh, sorry, LARGE forest, large. Don’t want anybody to think i’m belittling things, no Sir, the situation’s too serious for that.

  62. Robert M says:

    If only we could invest in whitewash, these guys are sure using a lot of it. It is too bad that they don’t understand that the stain will show through no matter how much they use.

    Is it me or are some of these guys starting to be a bit pathetic?

  63. They are running scared!

    The Climategate scandal has exposed the dark, shadowy outline of an international alliance of politicians [US’s Al Gore, UN’s Rajendra Pachauri, UK’s Tony Blair, France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, Germany’s Angela Merkel, etc.], news media [BBC, PBS, CBS, CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times], public research agencies [NAS, NASA, NOAA, DOE, etc], and research journals [Nature, Science, etc.] that seek to use science and scientists as a propaganda tool to control the world.

    Dr. Rajendra Pachauri will be sacrificed.

    But a cornered animal is dangerous. So beware if the sacrifice fails to quiet public outrage.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Emeritus Professor of
    Nuclear & Space Studies
    Former NASA PI for Apollo

  64. Henry chance says:

    Here is the most recent rendition from the EPA. It summarizes many of the consequences of Pachauri and pretend science. There are many references by the EPA using the IPCC AR$ for endangerment findings.

    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/endangerment/downloads/Federal_Register-EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0171-Dec.15-09.pdf

    The EPA is clear in declaring cox, sox, nox CH4 and some CFCs and other gases for ENDANGERMENT.

    “The Administrator’s reliance on the global temperature data is a reasonable indicator of Human induced climate change

    Page 58.

    SO the EPA actually thought Mann, Jones, Pachauri and the gang are honest and accurate.

    Thanks again Anthony for this blog. It reveals at many levels the dishonesty backing environmental claims and regulation. Lisa Jackson will have her day in court and be allowed to demonstrate endangerment.

    There may be a dozen deaths driving a fast toyota. Estimates are 40,000 have died by reason of meeting CAFE standards. Survival of the fittest. Driving a mini car means the bigger car almost always wins.

  65. geronimo says:

    With bureaucracies there is no need to follow the money, they have that, follow the “self-service”. I think he’d be as safe as houses if he hadn’t upset the Indians, and still safe if the Indians hadn’t set up their own PCC, but that latter action is what has sealed his fate. The IPCC would be faced with a rival, and given the shenanigans at the IPCC and it’s clear agenda and advocacy of a green socialist revolution, the Indian PCC would stand a good chance as replacing the IPCC as the voice of the science. Bang go all those hundreds of thousands of miles and carbon footprints the size of a small country for each member of the IPCC. So he will be thrown to the wolves and the Indians persuaded not to set up their own PCC.

    Just a guess, of course they may be outraged by the perversion of the science and the use of advocacy groups to foretell the future, but I’ll let you make up your mind which is the most likely of the two.

  66. RipVan@63 says:

    Oh well, all things must pass … back to the day job:

    http://www.d-boss.com/patchy/mahapatchy-01.jpg

  67. Sordnay says:

    JAW: Jet Another Whitewash?
    “they do not in any way undermine the basic science behind global warming.” How would they even dare? It’s not science, it’s rock solid faith.

  68. Stacey says:

    Junket science in Bali well there’s a surprise? What does not come as a surprise is the proposal for another dependant (sic) enquiry.

  69. Tom Moriarty says:

    “Participants in the unprecedented meeting … were sworn to secrecy”

    What is it about secrecy with these guys? If their decisions and scientific conclusions are so important to the world’s environment and economy, then the the doors should be wide open.

  70. boballab says:

    What’s that Beeping sound I’m hearing?

    Oh its the back up warning beeper as the UN is in the process of throwing Patchy under it. Tom Fuller called this months ago that Patchy was done and it was a matter of time, he gave him I think until June. Whats amazing he missed Yvo jumping ship.

  71. So they will hold an enquiry into Pachauri. One of two things will happen:

    There will be a whitewash that exonerates him of guiilt, blames the incompetence of some unfortunate minion, mildy notes that he may have made a small error of judgment because of pressure of work, and ringingly endorses him.

    OR

    He will resign and be replaced. And the first thing his replacement will do is to go on the attack and denounce skeptics as paid mercenaries of evil forces who would see Earth destroyed. Jones of the CRU was replaced by Prof Liss. Anyone remember the first thing Liss did?

  72. jack morrow says:

    Will you please refrain from putting his picture up anymore!
    In other news-Gore reelected to board of Apple. Another reason not to use a Mac.

  73. aMINO aCIDS iN mETEORITES says:

    independent inquiry….

    independent is a relative term

    anyone got a mirror and comb for him?

  74. Rhys Jaggar says:

    Ah, now I wonder who’s the biggest payer of the IPCC’s dues?

    The good ol’ US of A, by any chance?? Or is it my motherland, Blighty, Her Britannic Majesty’s United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland??

    Perhaps a quiet word in the ears of a few feisty Senators, MPs, MEPs and Congressfolks to suggest a few suitable names might be in order??

    How about S. McIntyre?? The Chair of IOC Winter Olympics committee???? A Russian Bear?? An ex-Exxon Mobil exec??

    Only joking.

    If I’d had a glass or two of wine, I was serious. But I’m sober………

  75. Mike Haseler says:

    I remember sitting in the Scottish Parliament Renewable Energy Group at one of my first meetings, and a civil servant came along and said: “how high do you think the taxpayer funding of renewables should be”.

    At first I thought it was a rhetorical question, and before they told us what they had decided, but it soon transpired that they were serious! They were actually asking a room filled with a few politicians and a lot more invited renewable energy people to vote on how much of MY money to give to these guys, and as far as I remember it was the figure that became law!

    Only later did I learn that the Scottish Parliament Renewable Energy Group was being run by the head of the wind energy lobbyists who personally stood to gain millions from wind, and I was told he had already bought up the rights to most of the lucrative wind farm sites in Scotland. Conflict of interest? Apparently not!

    I still can’t fathom that. Lobbyists were being paid money by the parliament to run a meeting at which they lobbied politicians, and the group was organised by an individual who personally stood to gain millions – and they were being asked by civil servants to set the level of taxpayer funding to wind.

    And yes, I did file an official complaint but of course it was rejected – twice I think. So I guess I was wrong to think it was corrupt – just as it wasn’t corrupt to hide the decline, etc.

  76. Roger Knights says:

    GeorgeTetley (06:46:19) :

    Dr. Pachauri,
    who has no mirrors in his house, has one fear, that someone will look under his mattress, living in a million$ mansion, ( staff of 17 ) private 9 hole golf coarse, 2 (yes 2 ) private cricket pitches, private badminton court, etc, etc,. his ‘institution’ is a charity, millions in, no taxes out, Dr. Richard North at ‘eureferendum’ has listed his ‘known’ assets and given a very good account of the millions of taxpayers $ that he has squirreled away.

    Since ChooChoo didn’t take the hint when various warmist poobahs suggested that he quit, the hint-level has been escalated. If he still hangs on, the next level would be for the commission to request his full financial data. They’ll likely find something in there to hang him, or anyway embarrass him. So, if such a request is made, it’ll be curtains, probably.

  77. Chloro Phil says:

    Mark Fawcett (05:41:22):

    So, Whales = good. Cattle = bad.
    But what about the poor krill whose own carbon gets unsequestered by the whales? Perhaps whales really should learn to use chlorophyll.

    <>

    It’s mad enough to appear in the next IPCC report. Research grants all round.

  78. J.Hansford says:

    Not one more Australian or American dollar should go to the UN… The organization is too corrupt.

    We, the taxpayers, are being ripped off.

  79. John Mackie says:

    Trouble is… that these initiatives are NOT interested in protecting US, or the science, but THEIR (politicians etc.) investment in the ‘product/propaganda’ so far.

    Politicians NEVER admit to being wrong about anything and until they have a better strategy for achieving a global ‘political elite organisation’ brand.. they will stick to AGW.

    NOW is the time to be more aggressive in turning people (your average punter/idiot) to what this is really all about.

    Global religion of AGW as tool for global government with the current bunch of corrupt ‘political elite’ running things.

    Fortunately… this is also the weak underbelly of their scheme. POLITICIAN the world over have never been as reviled as they are in recent history. Name me ONE nationally admired and respected global leader? Name just one – apart from Vladimir Putin of course! ;)

  80. 1DandyTroll says:

    I think this meeting is about trying to save face by blame-game and salvage what can be salvage so that they still can try and go ahead with all your money is belong to the toothless tiger, er, UN.

  81. Viv Evans says:

    Nice – more of our money will be wasted, this time on an international white-wash exercise.

    Read this quote form the report carefully:

    “The ministers regard the mistakes as exaggerated, point out that they just concern a few sentences in a 3000 page report, and say they do not in any way undermine the basic science behind global warming. Their main concern has been over the aggressive way in which Dr Pachauri has responded to criticism …”

    What else does it mean but that ‘the science is settled’, carry on, but ditch Pachauri for being an arrogant b*stid?

  82. John Mackie says:

    If Guru Pachauri wants to save his ‘job’ he could start by getting a makeover. That absurd unkempt Indian Sadhu (holyman) look has to go! Haircut please. And lose the beard of course.

  83. Tenuc says:

    It was the cover-up of Watergate that caused the most damage.

    Here’s hoping the same thing will happen with Climategate and it’s disastrous knock-on effect on the CAGW scam!

    In the long term politicians can only rule by consent of the people and if this affair ‘goes large’ they are skating on very thin ice – expect to see revolutionary change to the political scene.

  84. Ed Moran says:

    O/T but may be of interest.

    The intrepid and silly Pen Hadow is reported to be heading back to the Arctic, this time to focus his immense scientific intellect on the acidification of the oceans. We all wait with bated breath.

  85. Richard Sharpe says:

    I think the IPCC will be irrelevant by August, so the inquiry will simply be more wasted time and money. I can hear the stampede of money leaving the sustainability and climate change investment scam now. (What they can recover, of course.)

  86. Mark Fawcett says:

    Christoph (06:54:08) :

    @ Mark Fawcett

    Whales, the forests of the ocean. Now I’ve heard everything.

    What insane lunatics.

    It’s good isn’t it :o)

    I am now waiting for the paper that reveals that cremation of the dead has (over the course of human history) released N-Gt of carbon into the atmosphere…

    …I think I see a business opportunity developing: “Recently bereaved? Feel bad about global warming? Don’t worry, here at Rest-In-(Green)peace we solve both problems, by weighting down Granny with some bags of coal and chucking her into Challenger Deep you can reduce your own personal carbon footprint and help to save the planet.”

    Cheers

    Mark

  87. Guy Harris says:

    Whether the investigation results in Dr. Pachauri’s leaving his post or not, I fear the purpose is damage control, and not a search for truth.

  88. JAN says:

    Daniel H (04:59:05) :

    “Well they sure as hell aren’t very good at keeping a sworn secret if it has already been leaked to the media! (Mental note: Never tell a UN bureaucrat my deepest darkest secrets.)”

    What makes you think the information has been leaked? Let me tell you that the information was STOLEN. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Stolen by the Russians. Or the Chinese. Or both.

  89. Steve says:

    Pachauri on the front page of the Wall Street Journal’s print edition this morning.

    Article about IPCC’s increasingly obvious political motivations, rush to “judgement,” and over-simplification.

  90. PaulM says:

    I wonder who will be conducting this “independent review”?
    Lets have a guess.
    Geoffrey Boulton
    Michael Mann
    Gavin Schmidt
    Jim Hansen?

  91. davidmhoffer says:

    Don’t be fooled, this is not yet victory. They will no doubt jettison Pachauri. Its what happens AFTER that to watch out for. They’ll take months to appoint someone new, perhaps longer. No bad press gets generated during that time period because everything has to be reviewed by the “new guy” who hasn’t been appointed yet. The media gets bored and stops paying attention. When “new guy” is finally appointed, brief flurry of activity while his credentials get examined, but no new science. More months of boring nothing as the “new guy” reviews, restructures, and so on. Perhaps two or three years down the road…suddenly a new wave of studies, reports, conclusions and recommendations.

    Might the new guy be honest and the new wave of studies sincere? Don’t know, have to wait and see. Past track record of, for example, replacing a totaly corrupt human rights body with a new restructured, totaly corrupt human rights body suggests not. The UN is only relevant if it has “things to do” for the planet that they can run. Oil for food…. Those who work for the UN will seek the answers they want. With the amount of money at stake, someone will step up and tell them what they want to hear.

  92. g smiley says:

    I’m afraid the UN may not giving up the ghost yet (according to a paper published in December 2009) see:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,587426,00.html

    the original paper is here:

    http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/022510_greeneconomy.pdf

    However seeing that paper was put out in December and much has cometo light since then. They may reconsider or try to repackage the product.

  93. Robert Burns says:

    “Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director said that the IPCC faced a “crisis of confidence” with the public.”

    The lack of trust and confidence is not due to poor PR or spin, it is due to poor science. The IPCC is a politic animal masquerading as a scientific organization. And most politicians and bureaucrats are not involved in the IPCC for altruistic reasons, but are after money and power.

  94. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    “John Whitman (06:13:01) : ”

    tic – Brilliant

    toc – excellent summary

  95. Sharon says:

    “Still, the meeting ended on a positive note as attendees were delighted to find signed copies of Pachauri’s novel, Return to Almora,?i>, among their conference materials. One delegate was overheard to say, ‘Should make for a good read on my long flight home. I hear it’s a very uplifting tale.’”

  96. Milwaukee Bob says:

    OT
    SurfaceStation.org makes front page of FoxNEWS!

    ARTICLE FOLLOWS -
    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/02/26/climate-data-compromised-by-heat-sources/

  97. Ray says:

    Talking of the UN…

    Leaked planning documents (PDF) obtained by Fox News lift the lid on the UN’s plan to impose global governance by the time of their 2012 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio, which will mark the 20th anniversary since the notorious “Earth Summit” held in the same city.

    http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/022510_greeneconomy.pdf

  98. CRS, Dr.P.H. says:

    Actually, I think Pach welcomes the opportunity to leave the IPCC as a wealthy man…

    Soon, he’ll be free to produce, direct, and star in the movie version of “Return to Almora.”

    Ugh! I don’t know which hurts humanity worse, Pach and his AGW act, or starring in a porn movie!!

  99. James Chamberlain says:

    Independent inquiry – yeah right.

    Whether he keeps his job or loses it, it will not be independent.

  100. fabius says:

    The snake has more than one head

  101. Methow Ken says:

    While there could be variants on the theme, the realist (or cynic) in me sez that the above by DavidMHoffer is the most likely scenario; i.e.:
    ”Don’t be fooled, this is not yet victory.”

    ClimateGate has I believe progressed to the full-blown FUBAR stage; to where somebody pretty signficant is going to have to be designated as the sacrificial lamb. But as also pointed out above:
    Never forget that this is the UN we’re talking about.

    In that regard the above by Robert Burns is also on the mark:
    ”The IPCC is a politic animal masquerading as a scientific organization.”

    Stay tuned……

  102. George E. Smith says:

    Well it is usual for the varmints; once being exposed, to discover that they need to spend more quality time with their families; and that gives them their cue to exit stage left taking all their ill-gotten gains with them.

    It would be unseemly for any shyster to sneak off with the loot, before he has been uncovered; after all, that implies he is leaving something else on the table, that he could be taking with him.

    Miscreants have to be chased out.

    I presume that the august panel who put the Saddam Hussein oil for food hoods behind bars; will deal with this situation ; or did I just imagine that something happened to those international thieves.

  103. vukcevic says:

    HUGE ICEBERG BREAKS OFF ANTARCTICA
    Scientists say a vast iceberg weighing billions of tonnes which broke off the Antarctic continent this month poses a potential threat to the circulation of the world’s oceans.
    They say the 2,500 square kilometre iceberg, floating south of Australia, could block an area that produces a quarter of the world’s dense and very cold seawater, known as bottom water.
    This water drives ocean currents, and scientists say weather patterns could be affected in decades to come.
    Dr Neal Young is a glaciologist at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre in Tasmania.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2010/02/100226_iceberg_wt_sl.shtml

  104. RockyRoad says:

    Maybe Penn State could do the inquiry into Pachauri, and the UN could finish it off for Mann at Penn State. That would be fair, wouldn’t it?

  105. GaryPearse says:

    The fine word mistake (miss take) has been destroyed by the irreparably corrupted social sciences, corrupted by the same agenda driven ideologue virus plaguing the phycical sciences. Mistake used to indicate inadvertence but social workers,( who developed the doctrine of the miscreant as a victim) co-opted the innocent word mistake to describe the act of a bank robber (who has been caught) or drug dealer or any other deliberate perpetrator.

    This is the kind of mistake made in IPCC reports and the essential part of being caught fits perfectly with the meaning as applied to felons.

  106. barbee butts says:

    Off Topic but…Cudos for making the Fox News.Com Headline!

  107. Can someone tell me why these meetings occur in Bali, Barcelona, Vienna, etc. etc.? These U.N. freeloading bureaucrats are having the time of their lives on our tax dollars for little worthwhile gain.

  108. Henry chance says:

    “Participants in the unprecedented meeting … were sworn to secrecy”

    That is kinda the law on meetings about personell matters.

    I suspect they want to salvate the UN and think sacrificing pachauri (choo choo) may do the trick. He could be a scape goat. The whole Climate mess is on trial.

  109. Henry chance says:

    Guy Harris (08:14:52) :

    Whether the investigation results in Dr. Pachauri’s leaving his post or not, I fear the purpose is damage control, and not a search for truth.

    Bingo!! And what is the damage? Bonus question for 500 dollars.

    It is saving face, The loss of face or status is the greatest fear.

  110. JackStraw says:

    Is it possible to overdose on schadenfreude?

  111. JonesII says:

    vukcevic (08:58:32) : That iceberg seems still at the “parking lot”.

  112. Sean Peake says:

    vukcevic (08:58:32) :

    HUGE ICEBERG BREAKS OFF ANTARCTICA

    Oh great! Pachauri can now safely leave the IPCC because he can head-up the new UN panel to force the western nations to either glue the thing back or haul it to the Himalayas.

  113. Douglas DC says:

    Well Engineer Pachauri- looks like your boiler’s about to explode, and the
    Fireman and Brakeman just bailed….

  114. UK Sceptic says:

    Will this “independent inquiry” be the similar to the CRU “independent inquiry”? Enquiring minds would like to know…

  115. UK Sceptic says:

    A miracle! Huge iceberg breaks off from Antarctica and the BBC News went to great pains to inform us that…takes deep breath…GLOBAL WARMING ISN’T TO BLAME!

    Gosh…

  116. kwik says:

    Oh no! Not my Love Guru!

    Where am I gonna get smutty novels now????

  117. Jryan says:

    Well, knowing the IPCC as I do I have to assume that the short list for Pachauri’s replacement is as follows: Al Gore or Phil Jones.

  118. davidmhoffer says:

    and call me a conspiracy theorist if you want but….

    If I was a behind the scenes power broker at the UN, I wouldn’t just be planning to jettison Pachauri right now. I would ALSO be quietly looking around for his replacement. I would be seeking out climate scientists (several of them, I need lots of candidates to choose from) that I have some trust with and who have a known AGW bias, but aren’t discredited by some Mann or Jones type scandal. I’d quietly let them know that there’s a plumb job coming up in a year or two to replace Pachauri. I’d quietly let them know that the job will likely go to “someone like you” but that the “best” candidate would be “someone like you” but who had some sort of track record making them acceptable to both sides. Someone who could show that they were half way between the two camps. Someone who had a track record of trying to foster communication and trust between the two sides. That might not be you right now, but you could get yourself positioned over the next few months. Find some way to publicly establish that track record of outreach, and you could be the right man. Oops. Or woman.

    Sound like anyone you know?
    Someone floats Dr Curry for IPCC chair to replace Pachauri and I will just freak.

  119. Allan M says:

    “crisis of confidence”

    Maybe we shouldn’t worry too much about the environment on this planet; they’re obviously talking about the one that they live on.

    ——-
    Mike Haseler (07:46:18) :

    I read somewhere, possibly from Richard North, that most of the greenie NGO’s are now funded by the EU taxpayers, to the tune of half their budget in some cases. This is just organised crime.

  120. P Gosselin says:

    The ICSU (whoever they are) thinks the IPCC is doing in pretty good job.
    http://klimazwiebel.blogspot.com/2010/02/statement-by-icsu-on-controversy-around.html

  121. Rhoda R says:

    UK Skeptic — give them time.

  122. Roger Knights says:

    Sean Peake (09:43:00) :

    vukcevic (08:58:32) :

    HUGE ICEBERG BREAKS OFF ANTARCTICA

    Oh great! Pachauri can now safely leave the IPCC because he can head-up the new UN panel to force the western nations to either glue the thing back or haul it to the Himalayas.

    There’s a third option: haul Patchy to the iceberg and leave him there. If there are any Inuits appointed to the IPCC’s independent inquiry, he should start to sweat.

  123. Jimbo says:

    Ouch!
    From the Wall Street Journal

    “Take sophisticated and sometimes inconclusive science, and boil it down to usable advice for lawmakers. To meet that goal, scientists working with the IPCC say they sometimes faced institutional bias toward oversimplification…
    ….
    “I was suspicious of the hockey stick,” Mr. Christy said in an interview. Had Mr. Briffa’s concerns been more widely known, “The story coming out of the [report] may have been different in tone and confidence.”
    ….
    In September 2000, Filippo Giorgi of the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, wrote a worried email. He said he felt pressure to cite simulations that hadn’t yet been published in a scientific journal. He worried it showed a relaxation of standards.
    ….
    The data were the subject of heated back-and-forth before the IPCC’s 2001 report. John Christy, one of the section’s lead authors, said at the time that he tried in vain to make sure the report reflected the uncertainty.

    The IPCC’s rules “have been softened to the point that in this way the IPCC is not any more an assessment of published science (which is its proclaimed goal),” he wrote in the email. Mr. Giorgi added: “At this point there are very little rules and almost anything goes. I think this will set a dangerous precedent.””

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704188104575083681319834978.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

  124. Indiana Bones says:

    WANTED: more space under the bus. The housecleaning has just begun.

  125. manfredkintop says:

    After Reading Pauchari’s smutty new novel “Return to Almora”, I thought “Don’t quit your day job….oh wait”.

  126. JonesII says:

    A silly question perhaps: How many bottles of champagne will be needed during all this “inquiry”? Any thoughts?

  127. JustPassing says:

    Great mugshot photo, I’m almost subliminally filling in him holding his ID board for the police camera.

  128. R.S.Brown says:

    …and yet another opportunity for a buddy-system
    investigatory white-wash followed by loud proclaimations of
    a Warmista leader being proven innocent.

    These folks have no shame.

  129. Daniel H says:

    @JAN

    “What makes you think the information has been leaked? Let me tell you that the information was STOLEN. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Stolen by the Russians. Or the Chinese. Or both.”

    Please don’t mention this to Barbara Botoxer because she’s already got her hands full investigating “Email-Theft-Gate” and she can’t afford to simultaneously investigate “Balinese-Secrets-Theft-Gate” until the botox has fully sunken into her brain.

  130. Henry chance says:

    My biggest laugh of the day. Pachuri (choo choo) is a tool for socialism. world governance. Central planning. Where is the most recent experiment in energy rationing and central planning?

    Our friend Caesar Chavez in Venezuela. In the middle of a rant about George Bush, the power blacks out.

    Priceless.

    http://www.elnuevodia.com/chavezsequedasinluzenplenodiscurso-678052.html

    There must be a God.

    Chavez is overly committed to Hydro power and el Nino has given him drought and low water supply. We have plenty of snow if he needs some. in NYC.

  131. Oslo says:

    Great, another “independent” review!

  132. Al Gore's Holy Hologram says:

    The UN’s charter says no employee, representative or official of the UN an be charged with any offence whatsoever. They are immune. That’s why they steal and rape wherever they go.

  133. Zorro says:

    “Unprecedented meetings” in reponse to the unprecedented collapse in AGW.
    Keep it up boys!

    Actually looking forward to the day where with genetic modification mankind can breathe in CO2 and breathe out oxygen, after all if plants can do it?

  134. Vern says:

    Environment and Climate ministers meeting in closed session in Bali last night…….. and a row surrounding Dr Pachauri’s robust response to his critics……Participants in the unprecedented meeting…..

    Two words that the IPCC and CRU have taught me to hate….. ‘robust’ and ‘unprecedented’…

    In other news, for those who haven’t seen the interview with James Inhofe the other day, it is well worth the time to check it out. It is split into two and halfway through the second piece, he offers his theory about the roots of the climate scam. Some fascinating thoughts and highly pertinent to what is now going on in the IPCC.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/23/exclusive-hot-air-interview-inhofe-to-release-report-blasting-ipcc-on-climategate

  135. C.W. Schoneveld says:

    Slightly adapted from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet “Ozymandias” (1817)

    I met a blogger from new cyberland,
    Who said – “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert… Near them, on the sand
    Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown

    “And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

    “And on the pedestal, these words appear:
    ‘My name ‘s Dr Pachauri, King of Kings,
    Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

    “Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

  136. Holger Danske says:

    @JonesII: Not to mention the caviar and foie gras.

  137. Allan M says:

    Allan M (10:27:59) :

    Mike Haseler (07:46:18) :

    I read somewhere, possibly from Richard North, that most of the greenie NGO’s are now funded by the EU taxpayers, to the tune of half their budget in some cases. This is just organised crime.

    part ref.here:
    http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2007/07/eu-pays-to-be-lobbied-on-global-warming.html

  138. kyle says:

    Climate-L.org: A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change
    Content by IISD. Funding provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
    http://climate-l.org
    —————————————-
    Search results for ‘climategate’ http://bit.ly/bj6SYb

    Returned 0 results for “climategate”.

    Please try again…

  139. pat says:

    geoffrey lean is on the Advisory Council for LEAD International along with Pachauri, Maurice Strong, Crispin Tickell (moonbat’s mentor?), Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Anglo American plc; former Chairman, Shell Transport and Trading Company; and Melanie O’Neill, Vice-President, Information Management, GlaxoSmithKline (UK) among others
    http://www.lead.org/page/231

    LEAD is an international not for profit organisation with a fast growing network of 2000 leaders in more than 90 countries…
    New Product
    LEAD has launched three brand new training and development modules designed to enable individuals and organisations to become “climate change champions”.
    http://www.lead.org/

  140. PaulH from Scotland says:

    O/T, but WOW!

    The highly respected Institute of Physics submits it’s views on ‘Climategate’ to parliament.

    Finally, UK science grows a pair of balls. A must read!

    …………………………..

    Memorandum submitted by the Institute of Physics (CRU 39)

    The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia

    The Institute of Physics is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It has a worldwide membership of over 36,000 and is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences, from specialists through to government and the general public. Its publishing company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in scientific publishing and the electronic dissemination of physics.

    The Institute is pleased to submit its views to inform the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry, ‘The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia’.

    The submission details our response to the questions listed in the call for evidence, which was prepared with input from the Institute’s Science Board, and its Energy Sub-group.

    What are the implications of the disclosures for the integrity of scientific research?

    1. The Institute is concerned that, unless the disclosed e-mails are proved to be forgeries or adaptations, worrying implications arise for the integrity of scientific research in this field and for the credibility of the scientific method as practised in this context.

    2. The CRU e-mails as published on the internet provide prima facie evidence of determined and co-ordinated refusals to comply with honourable scientific traditions and freedom of information law. The principle that scientists should be willing to expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by others, which requires the open exchange of data, procedures and materials, is vital. The lack of compliance has been confirmed by the findings of the Information Commissioner. This extends well beyond the CRU itself – most of the e-mails were exchanged with researchers in a number of other international institutions who are also involved in the formulation of the IPCC’s conclusions on climate change.

    3. It is important to recognise that there are two completely different categories of data set that are involved in the CRU e-mail exchanges:

    · those compiled from direct instrumental measurements of land and ocean surface temperatures such as the CRU, GISS and NOAA data sets; and

    · historic temperature reconstructions from measurements of ‘proxies’, for example, tree-rings.

    4. The second category relating to proxy reconstructions are the basis for the conclusion that 20th century warming is unprecedented. Published reconstructions may represent only a part of the raw data available and may be sensitive to the choices made and the statistical techniques used. Different choices, omissions or statistical processes may lead to different conclusions. This possibility was evidently the reason behind some of the (rejected) requests for further information.

    5. The e-mails reveal doubts as to the reliability of some of the reconstructions and raise questions as to the way in which they have been represented; for example, the apparent suppression, in graphics widely used by the IPCC, of proxy results for recent decades that do not agree with contemporary instrumental temperature measurements.

    6. There is also reason for concern at the intolerance to challenge displayed in the
    e-mails. This impedes the process of scientific ‘self correction’, which is vital to the integrity of the scientific process as a whole, and not just to the research itself. In that context, those CRU e-mails relating to the peer-review process suggest a need for a review of its adequacy and objectivity as practised in this field and its potential vulnerability to bias or manipulation.

    7. Fundamentally, we consider it should be inappropriate for the verification of the integrity of the scientific process to depend on appeals to Freedom of Information legislation. Nevertheless, the right to such appeals has been shown to be necessary. The e-mails illustrate the possibility of networks of like-minded researchers effectively excluding newcomers. Requiring data to be electronically accessible to all, at the time of publication, would remove this possibility.

    8. As a step towards restoring confidence in the scientific process and to provide greater transparency in future, the editorial boards of scientific journals should work towards setting down requirements for open electronic data archiving by authors, to coincide with publication. Expert input (from journal boards) would be needed to determine the category of data that would be archived. Much ‘raw’ data requires calibration and processing through interpretive codes at various levels.

    9. Where the nature of the study precludes direct replication by experiment, as in the case of time-dependent field measurements, it is important that the requirements include access to all the original raw data and its provenance, together with the criteria used for, and effects of, any subsequent selections, omissions or adjustments. The details of any statistical procedures, necessary for the independent testing and replication, should also be included. In parallel, consideration should be given to the requirements for minimum disclosure in relation to computer modelling.

    Are the terms of reference and scope of the Independent Review announced on 3 December 2009 by UEA adequate?

    10. The scope of the UEA review is, not inappropriately, restricted to the allegations of scientific malpractice and evasion of the Freedom of Information Act at the CRU. However, most of the e-mails were exchanged with researchers in a number of other leading institutions involved in the formulation of the IPCC’s conclusions on climate change. In so far as those scientists were complicit in the alleged scientific malpractices, there is need for a wider inquiry into the integrity of the scientific process in this field.

    11. The first of the review’s terms of reference is limited to: “…manipulation or suppression of data which is at odds with acceptable scientific practice…” The term ‘acceptable’ is not defined and might better be replaced with ‘objective’.

    12. The second of the review’s terms of reference should extend beyond reviewing the CRU’s policies and practices to whether these have been breached by individuals, particularly in respect of other kinds of departure from objective scientific practice, for example, manipulation of the publication and peer review system or allowing pre-formed conclusions to override scientific objectivity.

    How independent are the other two international data sets?

    13. Published data sets are compiled from a range of sources and are subject to processing and adjustments of various kinds. Differences in judgements and methodologies used in such processing may result in different final data sets even if they are based on the same raw data. Apart from any communality of sources, account must be taken of differences in processing between the published data sets and any data sets on which they draw.

    The Institute of Physics
    February 2010

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmsctech/memo/climatedata/uc3902.htm

  141. R. de Haan says:

    “Participants in the unprecedented meeting – held at the annual assembly of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council in Bali – were sworn to secrecy over the decision and it is only expected to be announced after its detaled scope and composition have been worked out by UNEP and the World Meteorological Organisation, the two UN agencies that oversee the IPCC’s work”.

    So much for “open” and so much for “independent investigation”.

    You only have to take a look at the AGW propaganda commercial from the WMO that is aired by CNN right now to know that his will be another white wash operation.

    But maybe the investigation will encourage further investigation as requested by Senator Inhofe into the “American ClimateGate pending”.

  142. shirley123 says:

    Why all this attention to a “phony scandal that had been thoroughly debunked by the Associated Press months ago”?? http://bit.ly/cN7naK

  143. Redrum says:

    …this is what happens when you let a Klingon warlord have influence over economic regulation.

  144. RichieP says:

    @ Philip Foster (05:47:01) : “PS to Joe: I think it’s ‘Cavalry’ not ‘Calvary’ ? The latter refers to the Crucifixion!”

    Personally, I’m cool with either of these.

  145. johnnythelowery says:

    SHELTON EHRLICH lands one!

    APPLE SHAREHOLDER MEETING BUST UP! Gore tagged “a laughing stock.” to his face!!!!

    From a link on drudge….
    ‘…..At the first opportunity for audience participation just several minutes into the proceeding, a longtime and well-known Apple shareholder–some would say gadfly–who introduced himself as Shelton Ehrlich, stood at the microphone and urged against Gore’s re-election to the board. Gore “has become a laughingstock. The glaciers have not melted,” Ehrlich said, referring to Gore’s views on global warming. “If his advice he gives to Apple is as faulty as his views on the environment then he doesn’t need to be re-elected.” Another shareholder immediately got up to defend Gore and endorse his presence as an Apple director. And that wasn’t the end of it. Two different proposals from shareholders were presented in regard to Apple’s environmental impact. One was from the nonprofit As You Sow, which for the second straight year asked Apple to publicly commit to specific greenhouse gas reduction goals and publish a formal sustainability report; the second came from Herrington Investments, which proposed that Apple’s board establish a sustainability committee, just like a compensation or personnel committee. As You Sow’s representative, Conrad MacKerron, praised Gore, but also challenged him on not doing more to encourage the company to set specific public commitments. Forest Hill, Herrington Investment’s senior portfolio manager also addressed some of his comments directly to Gore, saying making board members responsible for Apple’s envronmental impact “would make Apple a corporate leader.” Neither Gore nor anyone else on Apple’s board of directors responded directly. Both proposals were ultimately rejected by shareholders…………..’

    No doubt the Escalade run to the local airport and the Gulfstream VII trip back to his palace soothed his aching, enviromentally tuned, conscience!!!

  146. Albert says:

    If we practiced “Voodoo Science”, many of us would have a voodoo doll of Al Gore stuffed in our freezers.

  147. John Whitman says:

    ”””’C.W. Schoneveld (12:40:41) : Slightly adapted from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet “Ozymandias” (1817) . . . ””””’

    CW,

    Hey, nice touch with that lovely old poem.

    First read it when I was 13. To this day more, than half a century later, it still pops into my mind occasionally.

    John

  148. JonesII says:

    Do you imagine such a kind of serious inquiry, under the palm trees, talking at a bar in a pool about us the deniers?
    What will come out of that but laughing about us stubborn blog deniers…hope no one of them suffers a heart attack from joking at us….

  149. Pete H says:

    Independent Enquiry? As in the UK’s “Independent” inquiry? Trust me I will not hold my breath!

    Just think it through. Do we really believe the IPCC will throw him to the wolves? The rest of this bunch realize that he knows who’s making money and it would be a very dangerous move to turn on him.

    As for Geoffrey Lean, well, he is just one of the hypocritical mouthpieces in the UK papers that seem to have no problem with lecturing us on reducing our “carbon footprint”, whilst he jumps on flights to Copenhagen and Bali and will no doubt already have his ticket booked to Mexico! He still thinks windmills are efficient!

    Time for my chill pill!

  150. Thomas J. Arnold. says:

    Geoffrey Lean, doyen of warmingista journos and general do gooder poley bear lover.
    Arch hypocrite and b******* merchant par excellence!
    Why is he………….?………. for heavens sake in Bali?
    Permanent vacation obviously.
    And;
    Have the ship’s rats decided before they abandon the sinking ship, that they must devour the dullard Captain (Pachauri) first?

  151. noaaprogrammer says:

    With all the required whitewash to cover the blackne$$ of their carbon intrigue, the AGWers may actually decrease the Earth’s temperature by increasing its albedo!

  152. wayne job says:

    The photo of Patchy reminds me of a character famous in history. He has the same looks and modus operandi. That would be Rasputin, just as devious as this blighter. The chances of an honest out come of any UN body is zero.
    This enquiry will be a convoluted new speak night mare. Thousands of pages of vague poli talk with no real villains, even talk of victims, set upon by deniers in the pay of big oil. Justice may never happen, except over time when the real truth comes out, and, that justice will be shame. History will see all those involved as infamous defrauders. That will be poetic justice.

  153. Douglas DC says:

    johnnythelowery (16:27:22) :

    “No doubt the Escalade run to the local airport and the Gulfstream VII trip back to his palace soothed his aching, enviromentally tuned, conscience!!!”

    Having met and delt with the Rich and Famous more than a few times,
    I agree whole heartedly.Turner,(both Ted and Hanoi,) Redford,Travolta,
    et.al. “do as I say” as opposed to “do unto others.”

  154. jnicklin says:

    We are talking about the UN, the chances of them unfeathering the nest of one of their own is remote. From the outside looking in, the whole organization looks pretty shady. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pachauri occupying his current post for the forseeable future.

  155. Tom Black says:

    Except It wasn’t an error it was a lie, I wonder why they make it easy on them?

    “Professor Georg Kaser, a glacier expert from Austria, who was lead author of a different chapter in the IPCC report, said when he became aware of the 2035 claim a few months before the report was published, he wrote to Dr Lal, urging him to withdraw it as patently untrue.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245636/Glacier-scientists-says-knew-data-verified.html#ixzz0giYGHZbF

  156. crosspatch says:

    [snip]

  157. crosspatch says:

    Re: snip

    We all have our moments, I suppose.

    I really don’t expect him to go anywhere unless he is explicitly fired. The man obviously seems to believe that he is above any standards that apply to “normal” people and can simply do as he wishes because, you know, he’s him!

    It would be quite fine with me if we simply never heard another word about him from anywhere. If he won’t go away, simply “route around the problem” and ignore him.

  158. DennisA says:

    They ain’t going away:
    http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2010/2010-02-26-01.html

    World Environment Ministers Vow to Invigorate Climate Change Efforts

    At the close of a United Nations Environment Programme gathering in Indonesia, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, (the Boy from Brazil), said he is optimistic that the conference had enabled the world’s environment ministers to find a “collective voice” again after the “great frustrations” in Copenhagen.

    “The ministers responsible for the environment … have spoken with a clear, united and unequivocal voice,” said Steiner. “Without that there would never be any progress,” he told reporters at the end of the three-day meeting.

    This is the knowledge transfer they are bringing to the third world:

    “With seed-funding from the World Bank Lighting Africa initiative, Nuru Design UK co-developed and field-tested the Nuru lighting system with villagers and local partners in Rwanda. Nuru means “light” in Swahili, and the system consists of portable, inexpensive rechargeable LED lights that sell for $5.

    Nuru lights can be recharged by solar panel or AC charger, but the primary recharging source is human power using the world’s first commercially available, locally-assembled, pedal generator, the Nuru POWERCycle. Gentle pedalling for 20 minutes using feet or hands, bicycle-style, can fully recharge up to five Nuru lights – each one lasting up to 37 hours. ”

    “We are also working with Climate Care/JPMChase Bank and others in the voluntary carbon offset market to get more stoves to people who need them,” Conway said.

    “I see the carbon offset markets as a great opportunity to fund millions of improved stoves for the three billion people who still rely on smoky, open fire stoves for cooking and heating with biomass.”

  159. DennisA says:

    Pachauri wears many hats……

    http://www.rkpachauri.org/moods.php

  160. garry rogers says:

    I think folks you have missed the point.The UN is the problem.It is not any longer the the organization that was set up after WW2 to bring peace and harmony upon the World.
    It is now a self serving monster with endless desires.
    The UN needs to be cut off at the knees.
    It only takes their biggest sponsor, the USA to deny the funds,and then they are just another NGO.
    If only.

  161. Bill Tuttle says:

    @ Mark Fawcett
    “Whales, the forests of the ocean. Now I’ve heard everything.
    What insane lunatics.”

    It’s good isn’t it :o)

    It’s better than good.

    I can’t wait to see Uncle Al’s latest Carbon Sequestering prospectus: “Yes, for only $1,500 a month, you can sponsor a *whale*! You’ll not only receive a PETA-approved picture of your whale, you’ll receive a genuine, printed-on-100%-post-consumer-cardstock certificate, digitally-signed by *me*, detailing how much carbon your whale has sequestered to date *and* how much carbon the IPCC estimates it will have sequestered by 2050! Act now, and you’ll receive this tastefully-engraved scrimshaw mouse pad!

    “But wait — there’s *more*!…”

  162. aylamp says:

    “Whosoever diggith a pit shall fall in it”!
    (Bob Marley)

  163. Bill Tuttle says:

    bob (03:43:40) :
    not sure what to make of this:

    From a dead whale? Copious quantities of nuoc mam, most likely.

    The Mekong and its sister rivers deposit a *lot* of slit at their mouths. I’d be more inclined to think the temples were further from shore because of silt extending the coastline than the sea level “receding”…

  164. Bill Tuttle says:

    “I see the carbon offset markets as a great opportunity to fund millions of improved stoves for the three billion people who still rely on smoky, open fire stoves for cooking and heating with biomass.”

    Those three billion people use biomass for cooking and heating because that’s what they can *afford*. But I guess the improved stoves will allow them to still use biomass, but will result in *improved* smokiness…

  165. jorgekafkazar says:

    Pete H (17:49:37) : “Independent Enquiry? As in the UK’s “Independent” inquiry? Trust me I will not hold my breath! Just think it through. Do we really believe the IPCC will throw him to the wolves? The rest of this bunch realize that he knows who’s making money and it would be a very dangerous move to turn on him.”

    For the UN this will be no problem. Hold the next IPCC coordinating meeting in Vienna:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1224377/British-nuclear-experts-17th-floor-UN-death-plunge-suicide.html

  166. johneb says:

    Pachauri doesn’t care about any of this. Just look at him. He knows he is one lucky bfugly dude that got to fly around the world getting as much green trim as he could handle. He knew he was on borrowed time years ago.

  167. Mauibrad says:

    Gore begins subtle shift to resource depletion arguments, cherry picks flaws in IPCC docs to respond to in Op-Ed appearing in Sun. Feb. 28th NYT’s at http://nyti.ms/a0ucIY

  168. Peter Pan says:

    Globally, most glaciers are reported to be diminishing more or less rapidly.
    Reports of “disappearing glaciers” have come from many parts of High Asia.
    However, this is not the case in the upper Indus and upper Yarkand River
    basins. Here, the glaciers have been holding their own for several decades
    and recently, in the Karakoram Himalaya, many have started thickening and
    advancing. Not only is this opposite to the broader picture for Eurasian
    glaciers, but also to what had been happening to Karakoram glaciers.
    Through most of the twentieth century they too diminished and retreated.
    There is no question that today’s behaviour is a regionally distinct response
    to climate change. It may sound like good news, given the dominant lament
    for the loss of glaciers, but that too would be misleading. Advancing glaciers
    bring dangers as well.

    http://www.chinadialogue.net/UserFiles/File/Glacier_Changes_2010_CD_ver4.pdf

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