IPCC’s Chairman Pachauri Conflicted

Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chairman

A new paper by the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) explores recent revelations of the commercial links and associations of IPCC Chair Dr Pachauri, including his direct involvement with carbon trading as advisor to the Chicago Climate Exchange and as chairman of its Indian subsidiary.  SPPI is a Washington, D.C. non-profit research and education organization.

In Dr Rajendra Pachauri and the IPCC – No Fossil Fool, author Dennis Ambler shows that the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) directly benefits energy companies in India with which Pachauri has previous or present connections, demonstrating a very clear conflict of interest with his position as head of IPCC.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established in 1988 to investigate the pre-determined and contentious conclusion that anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are causing unprecedented warming of the planet. It has delivered four assessment reports on the state of climate science and is currently preparing a further, fifth report. The first three reports were used to underwrite the political objective of carbon trading, which translated into the Kyoto Protocol, whereby developed countries agreed commitments for reducing their emissions relative to 1990.

The protocol is due to expire in 2012, which means that the legal basis for carbon trading would then end and lucrative carbon markets would be lost unless a successor is produced. The pressure continues to try and secure a binding agreement in Cancun, Mexico, later this year.

Reports Ambler, “At stake is the long-term UN agenda of wealth transfer from rich nations to poor nations. As one of the main beneficiaries, India is in the fortunate position of having the head of one of its major energy institutions, Dr Pachauri of TERI, in charge at the IPCC, a post he has held for the last eight years. During his tenure he has actively campaigned for emissions control legislation in western countries, particularly the US. On occasions this has been in private meetings with US legislators.”

One of the many unacceptable features of the CDM, is the way in which international  policy advisers, often contributors to the IPCC, and often former UN bureaucrats, suddenly appear as carbon trading consultants, in prime position to benefit from the policies they have been advocating. Says Ambler, “In a different environment this would be described as insider trading.”

Dr Pachauri has ridden the recent criticisms and vowed to stay in post until the completion of the IPCC fifth report, in 2013 or 2014. He has called for extra funding of $1 million for the IPCC to pay for spin doctors to sell the UN/IPCC message.

Concludes Ambler, “It is time for the public to realize they are being deceived on a massive scale and insist that their legislators opt out of policies which will have zero effect on climate but massive impact on their daily lives.”

The full paper can be read at: (http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/no_fossil_fool.html)

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56 Responses to IPCC’s Chairman Pachauri Conflicted

  1. evanmjones says:

    But we already know that global warming is caused by the wickedness of children.

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

    Damn! I thought the title of the post was “IPCC’s Chairman Pachauri CONVICTED”!

    I’ve done a fair amount of consulting on the Clean Development Process, the whole affair was a mess. Pachauri and his ilk were the only ones to get any benefit, all of my European carbon aggregator clients are now bye-bye. Nice work while it lasted, anyway.

  3. Bulldust says:

    What’s this I see? Coming Down Under Mr Watts?

    http://climatesceptics.com.au/watts.html

    I look forward to your Perth visit … BTW as a weatherman you do realise this is the crappiest time of year to visit Australia, right? tsk, tsk ;)

  4. Stirling English says:

    I am no fan at all of AGW, IPCC or Pachauri, so came to report with great anticipation.
    But I fear it is a poor piece of work. There may well be nuggetts of gold hidden within it, but it actually reads like a blogger’s rant, rather than a serious attempt to show any malpractice.

    The author’s clear (and maybe well justified) dislike of Pachauri comes through so strongly that it biases the entire paper. It would not persuade a neutral observer of anything other than antipathy.

    If anything it will strengthen Pachauri’s position as an example of the worst that can be thrown at him being poorly argued.

    In the end I was surprised that it was not written in green ink and in capital letters

    Very disappointing.

  5. kim says:

    Wrong! He has no conflicts. His interests are all to his own benefit.
    =======================

  6. pat says:

    pachauri delivering a lecture organised by the Institute of Rural Research and Development -

    11 May: OneIndia: Global efforts mandatory to save environment, says Dr. Pachauri
    “This is what is happening to glaciers in the world and we know that decrease and have contributed about 28 percent of sea level rise since 1993, but what’s particularly significant in this part of the world is the fact is the reduction in the mass of ice is going to lead to the reduction in the flow of water in several of our northern rivers of the subcontinent,” said Dr. R K Pachauri….
    The latest analytical report highlights India’s growing role as a key player in the UN-led climate negotiations on a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol and the need to include big developing nations in global efforts to fight climate change.
    “As matter of fact, if we keep damaging the environment then what we measure as economic growth itself, will be jeopardised. I think the time has come for us to realise that protecting the environment is really the first step to ensuring economic welfare,” said Dr Pachauri…
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/05/11/globalefforts-mandatory-to-save-environment-says-drpacha.html

  7. Derek B says:

    The SPPI exposing commercial influence? Sounds like an own goal.

    Anyway, all warmists have a vested interest. They like the planet as it is.

  8. pat says:

    to think ABC Australia is funded by taxpayers! no program is safe from CAGW references, no day passes without some new doom and gloom story:

    12 May: ABC Australia: Josh Bavas: Fears climate change may wipe out threatened species
    A James Cook University (JCU) researcher says longer heatwaves and pollution could contribute to the extinction of a variety of endangered species in north Queensland…
    JCU Professor Stephen Williams says the only species adapting to changing temperatures are weeds and pests…
    He says Australian species rank at the top of the list as the most endangered.
    “A whole range of things from things like golden bowerbirds, the ring-tailed possums, which are the really iconic species for the region. There’s [also] frogs,” he said…
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/12/2896985.htm

  9. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

    It becomes clearer all the time that there is big money involved in ‘global warming’. Glenn Beck has been doing a series called “Crime Inc.” on that very topic. What he reveals is worse than we thought. He is doing another show in the series tomorrow, 5/12/10. This one is on international connections. I am wondering if Rajendra Pachauri will be part of the show.

  10. UK Sceptic says:

    UN Clean Development Mechanism? Surely you mean Unclean Development Mechanism…

  11. Mike Fox says:

    That photograph of Pachauri looks like a mug shot. Maybe soon enough it will be! ;-)

  12. Kate says:

    Dr Rajendra Pachauri, UN climate change guru, has questions to answer about business deals.

    The head of the UN’s climate change panel – Dr Rajendra Pachauri – is accused of making a fortune from his links with carbon trading companies.

    No one in the world exercised more influence on the events leading up to the Copenhagen conference on global warming than Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and mastermind of its latest report in 2007. Although Dr Pachauri is often presented as a scientist -once he was even described by the BBC as “the world’s top climate scientist”- as a former railway engineer with a PhD in economics he has no qualifications in climate science at all.

    What has also almost entirely escaped attention, however, is how Dr Pachauri has established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organizations dependent on the IPCC’s policy recommendations.

    These outfits include banks, oil and energy companies and investment funds heavily involved in ‘carbon trading’ and ‘sustainable technologies’, which together make up the fastest-growing commodity market in the world, estimated soon to be worth trillions of dollars a year.

    Today, in addition to his role as chairman of the IPCC, Dr Pachauri occupies more than a score of such posts, acting as director or adviser to many of the bodies which play a leading role in the international climate industry. It is remarkable how only very recently has the staggering scale of Dr Pachauri’s links to so many of these concerns come to light, inevitably raising questions as to how the world’s leading climate official can also be personally involved in so many organizations which stand to benefit from the IPCC’s recommendations.

    The issue of Dr Pachauri’s potential conflict of interest was first publicly raised when, after giving a lecture at Copenhagen University, he was handed a letter by two eminent climate skeptics. One was the Stephen Fielding, the Australian Senator who sparked the revolt which recently led to the defeat of his government’s “cap and trade scheme”. The other, from Britain, was Lord Monckton, a longtime critic of the IPCC’s science, who has recently played a key part in stiffening opposition to a cap and trade bill in the US Senate.

    Their open letter first challenged the scientific honesty of a graph prominently used in the IPCC’s 2007 report, and shown again by Pachauri in his lecture, demanding that he should withdraw it. But they went on to question why the report had not declared Pachauri’s personal interest in so many organizations which seemingly stood to profit from its findings. The letter, which included information first disclosed December 13th’s Sunday Telegraph, was circulated to all the 192 national conference delegations, calling on them to dismiss Dr Pachauri as IPCC chairman because of recent revelations of his conflicting interests.

    The original power base from which Dr Pachauri has built up his worldwide network of influence over the past decade is the Delhi-based Tata Energy Research Institute, of which he became director in 1981 and director-general in 2001. Now renamed The Energy Research Institute, TERI was set up in 1974 by India’s largest privately-owned business empire, the Tata Group, with interests ranging from steel, cars and energy to chemicals, telecommunications and insurance (and now best-known in the UK as the owner of Jaguar, Land Rover, Tetley Tea and Corus, Britain’s largest steel company). Although TERI has extended its sponsorship since the name change, the two concerns are still closely linked.

    In India, Tata exercises enormous political power, shown not least in the way it has managed to displace hundreds of thousands of poor tribal villagers in the eastern states of Orissa and Jarkhand to make way for large-scale iron mining and steel-making projects.

    Initially, when Dr Pachauri took over the running of TERI in the 1980s, his interests centered on the oil and coal industries, which may now seem odd for a man who has since become best known for his opposition to fossil fuels. He was, for instance, a director until 2003 of India Oil, the country’s largest commercial enterprise, and until this year remained as a director of the National Thermal Power Generating Corporation, its largest electricity producer.

    In 2005, he set up GloriOil, a Texas firm specializing in technology which allows the last remaining reserves to be extracted from oilfields otherwise at the end of their useful life.

    Since Pachauri became a vice-chairman of the IPCC in 1997, TERI has vastly expanded its interest in every kind of renewable or sustainable technology, in many of which the various divisions of the Tata Group have also become heavily involved, such as its project to invest $1.5 billion (£930 million) in vast wind farms.

    Dr Pachauri’s TERI empire has also extended worldwide, with branches in the US, the EU and several countries in Asia. TERI Europe, based in London, of which he is a trustee (along with Sir John Houghton, one of the key players in the early days of the IPCC and formerly head of the UK Met Office) is currently running a project on bio-energy, financed by the EU.

    Another project, co-financed by our own Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the German insurance company Munich Re, is studying how India’s insurance industry, including Tata, can benefit from exploiting the supposed risks of exposure to climate change. Quite why Defra and UK taxpayers should fund a project to increase the profits of Indian insurance companies is not explained.

    Even stranger is the role of TERI’s Washington-based North American offshoot, a non-profit organization, of which Dr Pachauri is president. Conveniently sited on Pennsylvania Avenue, midway between the White House and the Capitol, this body unashamedly sets out its stall as a lobbying organization, to “sensitise decision-makers in North America to developing countries’ concerns about energy and the environment”.

    TERI-NA is funded by a galaxy of official and corporate sponsors, including four branches of the UN bureaucracy; four US government agencies; oil giants such as Amoco; two of the leading US defense contractors; Monsanto, the world’s largest GM producer; the WWF (the environmentalist campaigning group which derives much of its own funding from the EU) and two world leaders in the international carbon market, between them managing assets worth more than $1 trillion (£620 billion).

    All of this is doubtless useful to the interests of Tata back in India, which is heavily involved not just in bio-energy, renewables and insurance, but also in carbon trading, the worldwide market in buying and selling the right to emit CO2. Much of this is administered at a profit by the UN under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) set up under the Kyoto Protocol, which the Copenhagen treaty was designed to replace with an even more lucrative successor.

    Under the CDM, firms and consumers in the developed world pay for the right to exceed their ‘carbon limits’ by buying certificates from those firms in countries such as India and China which rack up ‘carbon credits’ for every renewable energy source they develop – or by showing that they have in some way reduced their own “carbon emissions”. It is one of these deals which is enabling Tata to transfer three million tonnes of steel production from its Corus plant in Redcar to a new plant in Orissa, thus gaining a potential £1.2 billion in “carbon credits”, while putting 1,700 people on Teesside out of work.

    More than three-quarters of the world carbon market benefits India and China in this way. India alone has 1,455 CDM projects in operation, worth $33 billion (£20 billion), many of them facilitated by Tata – and it is perhaps unsurprising that Dr Pachauri also serves on the advisory board of the Chicago Climate Exchange, the largest and most lucrative carbon trading exchange in the world, which was also assisted by TERI in setting up India’s own carbon exchange.

    But this is peanuts compared to the numerous other posts to which Dr Pachauri has been appointed in the years since the UN chose him to become the world’s top climate change official:

    In 2007, for instance, he was appointed to the advisory board of Siderian, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm specializing in “sustainable technologies”, where he was expected to provide the Fund with “access, standing and industrial exposure at the highest level”.

    In 2008 he was made an adviser on renewable and sustainable energy to the Credit Suisse bank and the Rockefeller Foundation. He joined the board of the Nordic Glitnir Bank, as it launched its Sustainable Future Fund, looking to raise funding of £4 billion. He became chairman of the Indochina Sustainable Infrastructure Fund, whose CEO was confident it could soon raise £100 billion.

    In the same year he became a director of the International Risk Governance Council in Geneva, set up by EDF and EOn, two of Europe’s largest electricity firms, to promote “bio-energy”. This year Dr Pachauri joined the New York investment fund Pegasus as a strategic adviser, and was made chairman of the advisory board to the Asian Development Bank, strongly supportive of CDM trading, whose CEO warned that failure to agree a treaty at Copenhagen would lead to a collapse of the carbon market.

    The list of posts now held by Dr Pachauri as a result of his new-found world status goes on and on. He has become head of Yale University’s Climate and Energy Institute, which enjoys millions of dollars of US state and corporate funding. He is on the climate change advisory board of Deutsche Bank. He is Director of the Japanese Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and was until recently an adviser to Toyota Motors. Recalling his origins as a railway engineer, he is even a policy adviser to SNCF, France’s state-owned railway company.

    Meanwhile, back home in India, he serves on an array of influential government bodies, including the Economic Advisory Committee to the prime minister, holds various academic posts and has somehow found time in his busy life to publish 22 books.

    Dr Pachauri never shrinks from giving the world frank advice on all matters relating to the menace of global warming. The latest edition of TERI News quotes him as telling the US Environmental Protection Agency that it must go ahead with regulating US “carbon emissions” without waiting for Congress to pass its cap and trade bill.

    It reports how, in the days before Copenhagen, he called on the developing nations which had been historically responsible for the global warming crisis to make “concrete commitments” to aiding developing countries such as India with funding and technology – while insisting that India could not agree to binding emissions targets. India, he said, must bargain for large-scale subsidies from the West for developing solar power, and Western funds must be made available for geo-engineering projects to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.

    As a vegetarian Hindu, Dr Pachauri repeated his call for the world to eat less meat to cut down on methane emissions. As usual, he made no mention of what was to be done about India’s 400 million sacred cows. He further called for a ban on serving ice in restaurants and for meters to be fitted to all hotel rooms, so that guests could be charged a carbon tax on their use of heating and air-conditioning.

    One subject the talkative Dr Pachauri remains silent on, however, is how much money he is paid for all these important posts, which must run into millions of dollars. Not one of the bodies for which he works publishes his salary or fees, and this notably includes the UN, which refuses to reveal how much we all pay him as one of its most senior officials.

    As for TERI itself, Dr Pachauri’s main job for nearly 30 years, it is so coy about money that it does not even publish its accounts – the financial statement amounts to two income and expenditure pie charts which contain no detailed figures.

    Dr Pachauri is equally coy about TERI’s links with Tata, the company which set it up in the 1970s and whose name it continued to bear until 2002, when it was changed to just The Energy Research Institute. A spokesman at the time said “we have not severed our past relationship with the Tatas, the change is only for convenience”.

    But the real question mark over TERI’s director-general remains over the relationship between his highly lucrative commercial jobs and his role as chairman of the IPCC.

    TERI have, for example, become a preferred bidder for Kuwaiti contracts to clean up the mess left by Saddam Hussein in their oilfields in 1991. The $3 billion (£1.9 billion) cost of the contracts has been provided by the UN. If successful, this would be tenth time TERI have benefited from a contract financed by the UN.

    Certainly no one values the services of TERI more than the EU, which has included Dr Pachauri’s institute as a partner in no fewer than 12 projects designed to assist in devising the EU’s policies on mitigating the effects of the global warming predicted by the IPCC.

    But whether those 1,700 Corus workers on Teesside are so happy to lose their jobs to India, thanks to the workings of that international carbon market about which Dr Pachauri is so enthusiastic, is quite another matter.

  13. jorgekafkazar says:

    Stirling English says: “…But I fear it is a poor piece of work…it actually reads like a blogger’s rant, rather than a serious attempt to show any malpractice. The author’s clear…dislike of Pachauri comes through so strongly that it biases the entire paper. It would not persuade a neutral observer of anything other than antipathy. If anything it will strengthen Pachauri’s position as an example of the worst that can be thrown at him being poorly argued. In the end I was surprised that it was not written in green ink and in capital letters. Very disappointing.”

    Your comment is a poor piece of work…it actually reads like a blogger’s rant, rather than a serious attempt to show any errors in the posted article. Your clear…dislike of Dennis Ambler comes through so strongly that it biases your entire comment. It would not persuade a neutral observer of anything other than antipathy. If anything it will strengthen Ambler’s position, as an example of the worst that can be thrown at him being poorly argued. In the end I was surprised that your comment was not written in green ink and in capital letters. Very disappointing.

  14. Northern Exposure says:

    Ugh…

    Is this porn-novelist still kicking around ?!

    [snip]

  15. Alan the Brit says:

    EU Referendum has been documenting the good Dr Pachauri’s intersets fare & wide for some time, it’s well worth a look some time. This “world’s leading climate expert” does seem to have many a finger in as many pies, but of course, it’s all perfectly innocent & he personally never benefits from any money received by TERI for his good works! Yeah, right! I don’t mind being conned when I am stupid & foolish, it’s when I know & can see I am being conned, that I get rather vexed over it all!

  16. Alan the Brit says:

    Forgot to add, this is the guy who lives in New Delhi’s Millionaires Row!

  17. Pompous Git says:

    Bulldust wrote:
    “What’s this I see? Coming Down Under Mr Watts?

    http://climatesceptics.com.au/watts.html

    I look forward to your Perth visit … BTW as a weatherman you do realise this is the crappiest time of year to visit Australia, right? tsk, tsk ;)”

    Wowsers! Anthony’s coming to Hobart! Wonders will never cease. I look forward to this event with great relish :-)

    BTW, Bulldust, I find visiting places like Melbourne & Brisbane at Christmas, presumably the uncrappiest time, to be too wearing. Forty plus degrees at night is more than I can stand.

  18. tarpon says:

    Everybody wants their cut. It’s depressing how the elites think they are entitled.

    Of course if you look back at oil for food, then you begin to understand how the UN operates.

  19. Lawrie Ayres says:

    Thanks Kate for a well researched summary. I knew he was well connected but the mind boggles. How does he find the time?

    I sometimes feel completely overwhelmed by the forces arrayed against the non-believers. Our only weapon is the truth and of course the earth itself. At a political level the one advantage we have is the fact that any CC policy will cost the average household a lot of money at a time when the average household is struggling with the fundamentals of life; mortgage, utilities and living expenses.

  20. Warrick says:

    Half Earth ‘uninhabitable’ in 300 years
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/3679476/Half-Earth-uninhabitable-in-300-years

    “Australian scientists warn half the planet could “simply become too hot” for human habitation in less than 300 years.”

    A safe prediction unless medical advances make huge longevity strides suddenly!

  21. Harbinger says:

    Forget Pachauri for a moment and look at what is going on with carbon trading. Look at the involvement of Lord Stern and others, who are promoting CO2 taxes and then benefiting from the result. That’s the message coming out of this, Pachauri is merely the face on the tin.

  22. Bill Tuttle says:

    Northern Exposure: May 12, 2010 at 12:46 am
    Is this porn-novelist still kicking around ?!

    Unfortunately. And it’s *us* he’s trying to kick around…

  23. Jimbo says:

    More from GloriOil

    “He is an internationally recognized figure in energy and sustainable development, having served on numerous boards and committees including Director of the Oil and Natural Gas Company of India; Director of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited;…
    Source: http://www.glorioil.com/advisors.htm

    “Our chemical lab in Houston is state of the art, custom built for purpose with one goal in mind – to supply the US oil industry with world class biotechnology to increase oil recovery from mature fields.”
    Source: http://www.glorioil.com/technology.htm

    “Our research facility in India focuses primarily on long term R&D projects such as heavy oil degradation, methane biogeneration from coal beds, and other initiatives.”
    Source: http://www.glorioil.com/company.htm

  24. Vincent says:

    jorgekafkazar,

    you held a mirror up there. Absolutely spot on.

  25. brc says:

    Climate Craziness of the week:
    Today listening to Triple J FM (ABC Australia ‘youth’ [and very leftwing] channel) they ran a story saying how someone had spotted a gray whale in the Mediterranean, something which hadn’t been seen for hundreds of years.

    They immediately linked this to climate change, the reason being is that now the ice has melted the Gray whales can now swim to the Med.

    Never before have I heard such twisted logic to support a theory. If there has been no whales for a few hundred years, and the only way the whales can get to the Mediterranean is if ice has melted, then, logically, it was as warm or warmer 100′s of years ago as it is now, ergo : the climate hasn’t changed.

    I suppose an international ban on whaling wouldn’t have anything to do with the re-appearance of whales, would it? You’d think the greenies would celebrate that whales have spread again, rather than take it as an omen of planetary death.

  26. Sam Norton says:

    Readers here might be interested in something I’ve written, drawing a parallel between Luther and McIntyre, and defending the right of outsiders to investigate climate science: http://elizaphanian.blogspot.com/2010/05/time-for-reformation-of-science.html

    “The issue is whether the current practice of peer-review is sufficient for establishing truth, or whether, in this particular case as an exemplar, the process of peer-review has been corrupted, allowing vested interests to control the flow of funding and research. In other words, in just the same way as the medieval church preserved the rhetoric of Christianity whilst collapsing into corruption and turning salvation into a cash-cow, is the scientific establishment now colluding in the covering up of malpractice in order to keep the lines of funding open?”

  27. @Stirling English (thumb up)
    @jorgekafkazar (thumb down)

    Conflict of interest is a matter of ethics not a judiciary issue if the activities it invokes are within the framework of the Law. Period.

    Regards

    P.S. Every child knows the UN is replete with crookism, nepotism, cronyism, intelligence agency-ism, and so on. IPCC is not THE exception, it is downright PROOF (material evidence). Why to wonder the Sun sets on the West? :(

  28. jack morrow says:

    Lots of the US Senators and Congressmen are up to their neck in these carbon schemes and other similar things too. How do so many of them start out moderately well off and retire super rich? It’s time to clean house. Where are the Nathan Hales and Thomas Paines? Alas.

  29. Enneagram says:

    Can´t help seeing a DOBERMAN!

  30. Henry chance says:

    Pachuri is just another scamster. If his “pretend science” held up on it’s own, he wouldn’t need social networking to protect his interests. He uses his name to sell soft porn. He sure isn’t Mother Theresa and he isn’t doing a single thing selflessly.
    One reason many are slow to turn their back on him is they will be ashamed and embarassed.

  31. MostlyHarmless says:

    I’ve considered nominating the last IPCC report for the UK’s Booker Prize, a contemporary fiction award, but I’ve now been told there are at LEAST three facts in it. Also it has more than one author, but perhaps the judging panel will stretch a point for an important work with TWO authors?

  32. Anthony Hanwell says:

    Dear Mr Huhne, congratulations on your cabinet appointment. I understand that you are an ardent believer in the theory of man made global warming. Now that you are in a position to take major expenditure decisions on behalf of the electorate, more than half of whom do not share your belief, can I ask you to at least study the many criticisms of AGW currently on the blogosphere. The main stream media have swallowed AGW whole and are not doing their questioning job properly.

    Many of us believe in conserving the Earth’s resources,in recycling and in energy conservation but do not believe that man understands, never mind can control, the climate. It behoves you to study carefully that this so called “settled science” is fully credible before you commit our limited financial resources to a costly climate control policy.

  33. eholmana@ya says:

    Insider trading is not illegal, it just requires certain timing and disclosures.

  34. Max Hugoson says:

    To the comment that the SPPI paper seems like a “blogger’s rant”: No, this is disinformation at it’s best.

    It is well written, has vitually NO inflamatory language, and has references and sources for everything in it.

    If you want RANTS, see http://www.realclimate.org

    Max

  35. Stirling English says:

    @jorgekafkazar

    I have no personal views about Ambler whatsoever. Until this morning I had never heard of him, nor of his institute. I neither like nor dislike him as an individual. I know nothing about him.

    All I did was to read his article, and give my view of it. I was very disappointed with the quality of what I found.

    As one who often writes and occasionally commissions, professional reports, this one is a long way from cutting the mustard. The subject would be far better served by a less emotional, calmer and more evidence-led treatment.

    I recall a respected colleague’s criticism of one of my early and over-emotional attempts…’You are trying to present a rational and persuasive rationale for a particular and difficult course of action. You should not treat it like an argument in the Saloon Bar after too many bevvies’

    Sadly it seems that Ambler has not yet learnt this lesson. Perhaps he is not alone.

  36. Stirling English says:

    And in case there be any doubt, my personal opinion of Pachauri is that he and the recently departed British Prime Minister both come lower than used car salesemen, journalists, estate agents and Tony Blair in my estimation. (For those outside UK, these are not professions held in high esteem on these shores). But Ambler’s piece is not a persuasive tract.

  37. Douglas Dc says:

    CRS, Dr.P.H. says:
    Yes, I saw”convicted” too-my” fruedian slip ” is showing…

  38. Nolo Contendere says:

    Patchy needs to be tried, convicted and emprisoned like the thief he is. Too bad we can’t go for capital punishment for crimes against humanity.

  39. David S says:

    At first glance I thought the headline said; “Chairman Pachauri Convicted”. I guess that was just wishful thinking.

  40. David Ball says:

    The massive corruption throughout mankind ( government, religion, U.N.) is astounding to me. The wastefulness of it all. Is anyone immune to the temptation? Where is the accountability? Part of me just wants to lay down in a fetal position (think Radiohead’s video for “Just”) and the other part wants to storm the “Bastille”, so to speak. I’m certain that Pachauri (and Gore, etc.) have no inner turmoil with their conscience, mainly because you have to have one.

  41. Henry chance says:

    Great confessions. Freudian slip is mentioned. Anthony and the team are brilliant is playing with words.

    The point regarding conflicted vs convicted actually ties to the science or pretend science.
    It is called selective perception. The reflex response for the warmistas is to selectively see every newsworthy event as a confirmation of global war,ming. Snow in Denver today is warming. A chill into New england today is warming. The fluud in Nashville was warming as was the much lower rainfall amounts 100 miles from Nashville were also warming. Malfunction of the bomb at Times Square was tied to pollution that came from warming and hampered the flash point of the bomb.

  42. Enneagram says:

    Patchouli was a New Age perfume which came from India, Pachauri is a New Age prophet who came from India too but he doesn´t smell as good as Patchouli.

  43. Enneagram says:

    Gail Combs says:
    May 12, 2010 at 5:19 am
    They are the most selected representatives of how to achieve the “american dream” (at least its New Age version -a more philosphical one which it does not involve working hard -that part was removed because it was too dirty for fine and nice people-)

  44. Enneagram says:

    Can´t help thinking he needs a bath!

  45. geo says:

    Judith Curry for head of IPCC. She may be an AGWer, but at least she has an open mind and a willingness to engage in respectful dialogue.

  46. martyn says:

    I guess this is all old news, but here it is anyway

    Intercontinental Exchange Announces Acquisition of Climate Exchange

    Under the terms of the acquisition, Climate Exchange shareholders will receive 7.50 pounds Sterling in cash for each share in Climate Exchange held at today’s date, valuing the entire existing issued and to be issued share capital of Climate Exchange at approximately 395 million pounds ($604 million(1)).
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/intercontinentalexchange-announces-acquisition-of-climate-exchange-92483854.html

  47. Janice says:

    Enneagram says: “Can´t help seeing a DOBERMAN!”

    Which is the answer to the question: “What is brown and black, and looks good on Chairman Pachauri?”

    [Disclaimer: recycled lawyer joke]

  48. R Shearer says:

    Guess who can buy an even bigger mansion in Montecito? (Keeping up with the Gores.)

  49. roger says:

    Anthony Hanwell says: Re Huhne the new climate tzar…..
    Better still he might consult the following website http://www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp_home.htm
    and scroll down to the “generation fuel type table – wind” to discover that today the total contribution to the national grid from those nonsensical excrescences was 0.2% – exactly the same as the average that they contributed from mid December to mid March, the coldest period of the UK winter.
    I have no doubt that this blog is monitored by the Dept. of Energy and Climate Change and I challenge them here and now to justify the investment in the currently operating plant and to present their case for the planned expansion of a further £100Bn on 7,500 bird shredders.
    They seem to have enough money to take full and sometimes double full page adverts in the national press on a regular basis, so why not dedicate just one of these to a cogent fully costed input and output account so that we the taxpayers can make our minds up.

  50. Mike J says:

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=118953

    “Another carbon-trading scam tying back to Pachauri involves Great Britain’s richest man, Lakshmi Mittal, an Indian citizen who resides in London.

    Mittal stands to gain a £1 billion windfall, not from the operation of his ArcelorMittal steel company, but from carbon credits given his company – at no cost – by the EU emissions-trading scheme.”

  51. Bulldust says:

    Pompous Git says:

    Nah Spring and Autumn (Fall for our US friends) are the best times of year. Personally I prefer the latter because I get hayfever in spring.

    Hope I didn’t spoil the surprise… I don’t remember an Aussie tour being mentioned here.

  52. wiki says:

    Let’s see. Climategate. Rigging the “global average temperatures.” IPCC was wrong about the Himalayan glaciers melting. No warming for 15 years. GCMs no where near the “mark.” IPCC conflict of interest. Hmmm, lots of black eyes for climate science lately. Is there anything we CAN believe?

  53. Pete H says:

    Christopher Booker and Richard North over at the UK’s Telegraph really dug the dirt on Pachauri and his associates.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/7007891/The-curious-case-of-the-expanding-environmental-group-with-falling-income.html

    Pachauri blustered, moaned, threatened legal action (we wish!) and then got busted with the Glacier incident (amongst others). He then did an Al Gore and crept under a stone to hide from the glare of the publicity that he so loves. (It was also noticeable that none of the associates went for legal action against Booker or North).

    How someone, as patently crooked as he is, can be allowed to continue just shows what the UN is really about and I often wonder why the United States continues to host this bunch of self serving bureaucrats.

  54. WWIII says:

    Ref: Harbinger says at 12.32 on 12th May:

    Could you please point to the documentation about Lord Stern and his carbon dealings? If the carbon credit business can be brought to a halt – or rather initially seen by the big players to be coming to an end – the whole edifice of CAGW will crumble. The only reason for the inception of the IPCC was a political vehicle to produce, ultimately, the carbon credit scheme – which, in turn, would lead to wealth and power on an unimaginable scale. Just look at the names of the founders of the Chicago Carbon Exchange and where their tentacles reach…

  55. wayne says:

    Pete H says:
    May 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    How someone, as patently crooked as he is, can be allowed to continue just shows what the UN is really about and I often wonder why the United States continues to host this bunch of self serving bureaucrats.

    It only shows just how deep and broad this corruption really goes.

  56. Harbinger says:

    WWIII says:
    May 13, 2010 at 1:33 am

    It’s in the paper: He fails to mention that also on the Advisory Council is his good friend, Mr Ratan Tata, head of TATA Sons, the TATA holding company and chairman of the Indian Investment Commission.

    One of his companies, the Tata Power Trading Company is engaged in providing a full range of CDM services. They handle the whole package of CDM funding from initial proposal, validation of projects, to bringing in the money. They also offer carbon trading services via the carbon exchanges.

    Pachauri also fails to mention that Mr Nitin Desai, “Distinguished Fellow” at TERI is an advisor with a carbon ratings company, IdeaCarbon, along with Lord Nicholas Stern, who gave his name to the influential Stern Review, commissioned by the UK government in 2006.

    Nitin Desai has a strong UN history, first as Senior Adviser and principal draftsman for “Our Common Future”, the Report of the Brundtland Commission on Environment and Development and then as Deputy Secretary-General for the Rio Earth Summit, (1992) the manager of the Commission on Sustainable Development for its first decade and as the Secretary General for the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. He is currently Chairman of the UN Advisory Group on Internet Governance28 and Special Advisor to Ban Ki Moon on that subject.

    He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science, (LSE), UK, where Lord Stern is Chairman of the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. This is how IdeaCarbon describe their work:

    “IDEAcarbon is an independent provider of ratings, research and strategic advice on carbon finance. Its services are designed to provide leading financial institutions, corporations, governments, traders and developers with intelligence and analysis of the factors that affect the pricing of carbon market assets.”

    IdeaCarbon will be involved in carbon trading29 on the Indian Multi-Commodities Exchange, (MCX), which estimates that by 2020 the market for project based carbon offsets is estimated to grow to at least €200bn.

    They have set up a subsidiary to handle these activities, known as the Carbon Ratings Agency. They openly boast of their highly influential30 management team and ratings committee:
    “which includes ratings experts, financial market professionals, UN climate change negotiators and former senior managers from development agencies such as the World Bank, a combination which ensures that the full range of risks facing carbon projects are taken into account by the ratings process.”

    Welcoming the launch of the service, Lord Stern, Vice Chairman of IDEAglobal Group, said: “The carbon markets are showing their potential to reduce global emissions and should form a key plank for any future global climate agreement.

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