Pachauri's TERI institute golf course – water hog in a city desperate for fresh water

Richard North of the EU Referendum reports on this bizarre twist with IPCC Chairman Rajenda Pachauri’s use of land that was designated for public use, now runs afoul of the grant terms under which the land was given. Plus a lot of water in a city that has water shortages. So much for sustainability.

Pachauri, famous for telling other how to live sustainable lives has a private chauffeur, spurns his electric cars provided for him, and once said in a newspaper interview:

‘Unfortunately, “social and environmental issues are often left without effective support when economic growth takes precedence,” he added.’

So, that’s why you charge memberships to your golf course and keep out the public from land given to you designated for public use?

It’s time for Pachauri to go. He’s dirty, deceitful, and dim witted. His personal life is hypocritical of what he preaches to the rest of the world via his IPCC position and is a public relations disaster.


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“Happiness in life is based on expectations,” writes Rajendra K Pachauri on his own blog. And if your expectations include ownership of a nine-hole golf course, then Dr Pachauri must be a very happy man indeed.

The ownership is reported today by the Indian newspaper the Mail Today which tells us that R K Pachauri’s “not-for-profit” TERI – imbued with a mission to “work towards global sustainable development, creating innovative solutions for a better tomorrow” – is the proud owner of a water-guzzling nine hole golf course in Gual Pahari on the outskirts of Gurgaon a satellite town to the southwest of New Delhi.

This much is not new. It was described in glowing terms by the Business Standard in February 2007, when we were told of a “beautiful golf course” that precedes the entrance of a “completely different world from the precincts of Gurgaon”.

It is part of the “amazingly landscaped 36-hectare TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) campus at Gual Pahari.” And nestled inside this campus is an unassuming building called The Retreat, a training and recreation centre for TERI staff and executives.

Furthermore, TERI has made no secret of the facility, noting in its Annual report 2006/7 that the golf course had been created “with the intention of promoting golf amongst TERI personnel residing in Delhi and Gurgaon.” It was then that the six-hole golf course was being upgraded into a nine-hole green. A 200-yard driving range was “an added attraction” and there was a nine-hole putting course adjacent to the Retreat building.

But, it appears, TERI is harbouring a guilty “secret”. The five-acre golf course is part of the 69 acres of institutional land it acquired from Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in 1985 (below – Google Earth), for the exclusive use of TERI staff. Commercial exploitation is prohibited.

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Yet the paper has found that the golf course has been opened up to selected members of the public who are being charged Rs 25,000 (£350) for membership.

According to Gurgaon’s district town planner Vijender Singh Rana, commercial activity through sports on institutional land is illegal. “HUDA gave this land to TERI for institutional or public and semi-public purpose.”

Rana said. “Though they have asked for change of land use (CLU) regularly from HUDA, permission cannot be given for any sporting activity. If TERI is selling golf course memberships, it is wrong.” Rana said the conditions for use of institutional land were clear. “If TERI uses it for its own purpose, there is no problem. But it cannot use it commercially and sell golf memberships,” he said.

Equally contentious is the water usage to keep the golf course green. As chair of the IPCC, Pachauri is voluble in demanding of governments around the world that they cut down on carbon emissions and save water, among other things, to sustain the environment. He is equally voluble about potential water shortages in his home country, arising from melting glaciers and all that.

TERI claims that water conservation measures on the campus include “an efficient central rainwater harvesting system in accordance with water conservation guidelines such as drip water irrigation, early morning and late evening half circle sprinkling to minimise water evaporation and loss.”

But with the golf course and environs requiring up to 300,000 gallons a day during the summer to keep the lush greenery in condition (pictured above), questions are being asked about the sustainability of the facility, which would have difficulty in meeting the volume required solely from harvested water.

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harvey

“He’s dirty, deceitful, and dim witted.”
Right, its all about the science….
REPLY: Indeed, if it were about the science, Pachauri would have come clean on the 2035 glacier melt issue right away, he wouldn’t need a chaffeur, and he wouldn’t be involved in all sorts of questionable enterprises that detract from the work of the IPCC. But go ahead, defend the man if you must. I’m sure you can find a way to link his smutty romance novel to global warming science. – Anthony

Doug in Seattle

Synonyms for a person of Pachauri’s ilk from thesaurus(dot)com:
Pharisee, actor, attitudinizer, backslider, bigot, bluffer, casuist, charlatan, cheat, con artist, crook, deceiver, decoy, dissembler, dissimulator, fake, faker, four-flusher, fraud, hook*, humbug, impostor, informer, lip server, malingerer, masquerader, mountebank, phony, playactor, poser, pretender, quack, smoothie, sophist, swindler, trickster, two-face, two-timer, wolf in sheep’s clothing

R. de Haan

We all know how Golf sports brings up the “best” qualities of man.
Who cares about little water! We only use battery powered Golf Carts.
Tiger Woods, Pachauri, Gore and Obama, they truly are the biggest hypocrites and liars the world has ever seen.
An Al Gore Golf Shirt anybody? Order it here:
http://www.cafepress.com/scarebaby.95283964

Al Gore's Holy Hologram

The IPCC should be able to see from that satellite photo that if they want to offset sea level rise all you have to do is irrigate land.
That will take people out of poverty and make lots of golf courses for their buddies.
Oh forget that point about taking people out of poverty though. They might want to use our energy resources. So leave them to live poor, diseased and in harmony with Gaia!

R Shearer

That explains why he wears to pair of pants.

crosspatch

I am wondering how long it will take some enterprising engineer with the city to change the kind of water that is delivered to that golf course.

David L. Hagen

Paucharia’s illegal actions are wasting water in the midst of Delhi’s desperate water shortage. See:
Delhi for Water petition

There is no water in Delhi. By 2015, Delhites will be killing each other for water. The Yamuna is nearly dry. Underground water has nearly dried up. Everyday huge buildings are constructed demanding more water. The water situation is desperate and has been a crisis since 2005. More than 2,000 people are coming and settling down in Delhi every day. This sort of pressure on water demands cannot be met

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Rainwater Harvesting Drive

The present demand for water in Delhi is around 800 MGD whereas the supply from all the available sources is about 650 MGD. The gap between demand and supply is partly being met by extraction of ground water through wells, tubewells, deep bore hand pumps etc. . . .#
Over-exploitation of ground water resources has resulted in decline in water levels by 4 to 10 metres in the last decade alone. . . .

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Delhi water

Unplanned urbanisation and spiraling population have resulted in severe water crisis in Delhi. . . . .The state-run water utility, DJB, is fighting a losing battle to plug the gap between demand and supply. Majority of the citizens depend primarily on groundwater to meet their daily requirements, as DJB’s service is inadequate and erratic. A large portion of the city is not even connected to the Boards’ supply network.
Result: groundwater levels in most parts of Delhi have dipped precariously. Over dependence on groundwater has also led to fluoride and nitrate contamination in many blocks. To add to this crisis, over 40 per cent of the treated water transported through DJB’s distribution system is wasted due to leaking pipes and pilferage.

TERI’s water use alone is 0.05% of Delhi’s supply.

Patrick Davis

IPCC motto, “Do as I say, not as I do”.

tokyoboy

Like Al Capone, the big and evil can do anything.

Norm/Calgary

Do as I say, and not as I do.

mr.artday

Doug in Seattle; You left out hypocrite and (neologism alert) hyperhypocrite.

harvey

I am not defending the man.
I am looking at what YOU do in the circumstances
REPLY: Indeed, if it were about the science, Pachauri would have come clean on the 2035 glacier melt issue right away, he wouldn’t need a chaffeur, and he wouldn’t be involved in all sorts of questionable enterprises that detract from the work of the IPCC. But go ahead, defend the man if you must. I’m sure you can find a way to link his smutty romance novel to global warming science. – Anthony
What I see is not a response on the science, but a response on his personality.
It cuts both ways Anthony. If you want to fall to personal attacks so be it, but it is a reflection upon yourself.
REPLY: Well I’m not the one that has to defend misuse of public funds, public properties, and public science. The criticisms are valid. Just as valid as criticisms of the failings of Tiger Woods, or any other public figure who violates public trust.
“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
– Anthony

RockyRoad

harvey (20:13:20) :
“He’s dirty, deceitful, and dim witted.”
Right, its all about the science….
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Reply:
I’ve never heard Pachauri say anything intelligent about the science. I fully believe he’s clueless when it comes to anything regarding climate science.
So its absolutely, irrevocably NOT about the science. He’s just scratched enough backs to have that chair, but certainly none of the respect.
But without a doubt, he’s the best friend we climate realists could ever have. I hope he keeps his job and continues to drag the IPCC through the dirt as long as he can.

harvey

Forget these personal attacks Anthony.
Or some day they will come back and haunt you.
Or do you enjoy destroying yet another persons life and career?
I want to see know and understand what is going on. These political machinations do not in anyway help this situation. Too me its just a smoke screen.
Attack the person, and not the science.

crosspatch

Harvey, the simple fact of the matter is that the man has no integrity. He has been lining his own pockets. He has been boosting his own position. He has been in a position where he can personally profit from his “work” on climate change. His advocacy then seems to be more about enriching his own personal bank account than about saving the planet in any way.
When it turns up that grants to his own operations resulted from IPCC quoting of his own employees, it begins to become more a matter of stealing from the public.

iceFree

harvey (21:04:42) :
Forget these personal attacks Anthony.
Or some day they will come back and haunt you.
Or do you enjoy destroying yet another persons life and career?
What is that old saying, All is fair in love and war.
Well Harvey old boy this is a war, and guess what we are going to win it.

harvey

REPLY: Well I’m not the one that has to defend misuse of public funds, public properties, and public science. The criticisms are valid. Just as valid as criticisms of the failings of Tiger Woods, or any other public figure who violates public trust.
“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
– Anthony
Well this is not what I expected…
Its like replying to my statement that 3+2 is 5
by saying 4 +7 is 11.. So There
WHATS UP WITH THAT?
The value of attacking a person is in destroying his political or cultural position.
It has nothing to do with the facts.
So this implies that you really do not care about what is really going on, but rather to just score points.
I want to evaluate and understand what is going on, not to read these soap opera attacks.
REPLY: It’s not soap opera. The man preaches sustainability, yet acts like a mega consumer of water, flies around the world in a private jet, misuses land granted to him for public use by closing it to the public and then profiting from it, lied about it when he knew about the 2035 glacier issue, and profited from the lie with grants to study the non-problem, and writes smutty romance novels.
If you can’t see the glaringly obvious problems with all that related to his position in the IPCC, then you are inept at understanding the value of character and integrity as it relates to leadership positions. Let me spell it out: The IPCC science is flawed because the leader hasn’t enough personal integrity to correct such things, even when made known. He’s all about the money, not the science. – A

harvey (20:53:48) :
The fact that you consider exposing mendacity and corruption a despicable personal attack says quite a bit about you.

Adam from Kansas

Here’s the secret if you want to know when it comes to reducing carbon emissions to the levels of a century ago.
Become a member of the world’s uppercrust class of people, then you can emit as much Co2 as you want. The trick is to get everyone else to slice their Co2 emissions to almost nothing and bring an end to modern society, then the uppercrust will all gather in a development around that golf course where they not only have their own personal factories producing goods and new technology for them to enjoy, but if you’re lucky you can be a servant with your own outdoor hut.
Pretty much joking around here, they may just as likely plug everyone else into the Matrix (which would be solar powered), so you would think you’re in a place of freedom, but monitored by their law enforcement program titled Agent Smith.

Doug in Dunedin

Harvey
‘Forget these personal attacks Anthony.
Or some day they will come back and haunt you.
Or do you enjoy destroying yet another persons life and career?’
Harvey. Harvey. Harvey. Give me a break – pleeeeeese! Spare me the crocidilian tears1 Destroying Pachauri’s career? Pray tell me which of his careers do you have in mind? Perhaps the one in Teeside – you know – the one where he ripped the heart out of the town of Redcar transferred the factory and 1,700 jobs to India as a favour to Europe’s effort to save the planet? Now that’s a great career to keep!

par5

May I change my handle?
REPLY: sure, par 6?

crosspatch

Science isn’t a democratic process. It doesn’t matter what the “majority” believe to be true. There is only that which is. So far there is no evidence to show that human created CO2 emissions are doing anything harmful to the environment, no matter how many believe they do.

John F. Hultquist

The golf course is there but what are the big circles with faint rectangles near the middle:
28.427305 N, 77.147956 E (in Google Earth)
Maybe horse related?
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My say: If you can’t trust the man, you can’t trust his science.

Jaye

harvey what’s the issue here? The man is obviously corrupt, unethical and an unmitigated scam artist. It is what it is. If you can’t see the issue here then as another poster said, I think you have a problem.

It seems the only green Pachauri is familiar with is the one on his golf course..

Sera

Xeroscaping the course would help- obviously these people don’t know anything about real enviromentalism.

John F. Hultquist

Can someone tell Google to develop a reverse search – that is, I want to place the coordinates on a spot and have it identified.
For example, east of the TERI Retreat Center,
what are these four things?
28.425161 N, 77.155253 E
REPLY: They are buildings with central courtyards. Probably another institute or school of some sorts

Raving

harvey (20:13:20) :
“He’s dirty, deceitful, and dim witted.”
Right, its all about the science….
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Yeah right, its all about the science of swindle, posture and pork barrel. That’s your 21st century ‘Science’ for you “harvey (20:13:20)”.
Carnival shill …
Buy this “IPCC Certified” product. It’s real because the “IPCC” and “Royal Society”certify it is genuine.
Spin the image of a credible, quality product. Shame on the buyer for being fooled by the tinsel foil, window dressing. Dare to be dubious and risk getting labeled as intellectualy defective, ‘creation scientist’ type.
Time for me to quit calling myself a scientist. I want none of the sick deceitfulness that science has become.

Patrick Davis

“keith (21:53:39) :
It seems the only green Pachauri is familiar with is the one on his golf course..”
He’s familiar with the other type of green too (The greenback that is).

Memory Vault

Icefree
While I agree with you that it’s a war, we are nowhere near winning. In fact, we are losing where it really counts.
The whole climategate/IPCC thing is a minor skirmish. If you want a glimpse of the “real” war, google “climate change lesson material”, and take a look at what the kids are being taught in the schools in your part of the world.
Drop in on http://www.teachingclimatechange.com for a look at the “recommended material” for junior high school students downunder here in OZ. Check out the “exercises” at the end of Module 5, for instance.
This is produced by the Australia Institute. Call at their website – http://www.tai.org.au and check out their board of directors, and see what/who we are up against.
If that doesn’t convince you, keep in mind this has all been going on for twenty years, and the teachers “teaching” this stuff as “science” are themselves products of the same propaganda/brainwashing.
We may be winning a few skirmishes and bagging a few scalps. But where it counts the high priests are still busy programming their next generation of mindless climate-bots with impunity.
Frankly, they don’t give a stuff what happens to Pachauri or the IPCC as long as they are being left alone to get on with the job.

Raving

harvey (20:13:20) :
“He’s dirty, deceitful, and dim witted.”
Right, its all about the science….
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About the science? No It is about turning science into a business that sells desirable, quality, ephemeral pipe dreams.
“Buy this bond because it certified, insured and backed by the Better Business Bureau”. It is about the deliberate crafting of an image that is easily marketable.
That’s the whole thing about this *new* science harvey. The science has become irrelevant.

crosspatch

“the only green Pachauri is familiar with is the one on his golf course”
Or in his bank account.

James Allison

Hi Harvey
Are you for real or are you just taking the piss? If you are not taking the piss then please spend some time reading previous posts on this subject. If you are taking the piss then just piss off.

Daniel H

Let’s see, at 300,000 gallons per day (during summer) that translates to about one Olympic swimming pool’s worth of water every two days. That must be one hell of a catchment system!

Doug in Seattle

mr.artday (20:53:32) :
Doug in Seattle; You left out hypocrite and (neologism alert) hyperhypocrite.

The thesaurus list I supplied is for “hypocrite”.

Willis Eschenbach

The Basic Water Requirement is generally given as 25 litres per person per day. Since the golf course is using 300,000 gallons per day, that works out to enough water to supply 50,000 people …

J.Hansford

It doesn’t suprise me that Pachauri has done this…. It’ s normal behaviour of tyrants and despots…. and there are always sycophants like Harvey who defend them…..

Willis Eschenbach

harvey (20:13:20)

“He’s dirty, deceitful, and dim witted.”

Right, its all about the science….

I don’t understand this comment. Despite being described by the BBC as ““considered the top climate scientist in the world“, Pachauri is not a climate scientist of any kind. He has a joint Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Economics. I do not know of any work at all that he has done in climate science. He is a manager and a politician, pure and simple.
As a result, there’s nothing “about the science” that anyone could say regarding Pachauri … so your comment is nonsense. All we can comment on is his management and his politics, and those (as Anthony says) are both anti-scientific and deceitful.

J.Hansford

Wow…. It isn’t hard to see where the parasitical bureaucracy resides and plays. Just look for the green bits… Here in Oz the farms would be green and the rest dry… ‘cept the ovals… gotta have green ovals for cricket.

harvey (21:20:27) : edit
“Well this is not what I expected…
Its like replying to my statement that 3+2 is 5
by saying 4 +7 is 11.. So There
WHATS UP WITH THAT?
The value of attacking a person is in destroying his political or cultural position.
It has nothing to do with the facts.
So this implies that you really do not care about what is really going on, but rather to just score points.
I want to evaluate and understand what is going on, not to read these soap opera attacks.”
Harvey, cut the crap. We skeptics have been dealing with personal attacks on our character, to the point of being accused of being holocaust deniers, for years now. The facts are that your and other warmists personal attacks were utterly false, but these FACTS about Pauchauri’s behavior, corruption, fraud, misuse of public funds and assets, malfeasance, among other CRIMINAL activities, are not attacks, they are facts. It’s not like we are accusing him of having a dozen supermodel girlfriends or of sleeping with 12 year old boys…. Get real.

Daniel H

@harvey
“The value of attacking a person is in destroying his political or cultural position. It has nothing to do with the facts.”
Pachauri’s hypocrisy is a FACT which needs to be exposed, discussed, and condemned. If a doctor is caught violating his Hippocratic Oath he is similarly condemned because it shows that he puts a low value on human life (the antithesis of what we would expect from a doctor). When the head of the IPCC uses fraudulent science to deceive the world while enriching himself and his cronies, that is a grotesque abuse of the public’s trust. In other words, that makes Pachauri a scumbag.
Attacking the character of a corrupt public official is standard practice in western democracies precisely because we expect public officials to be working for us, not against us. Since Pachauri is guilty of the latter, that makes this personal — Got it?

Sera

A population can not exceed its annual rainfall. I think it was Willis who reminded me of that…

Raving

harvey (21:20:27) :
The value of attacking a person is in destroying his political or cultural position.
It has nothing to do with the facts.
So this implies that you really do not care about what is really going on, but rather to just score points.
I want to evaluate and understand what is going on, not to read these soap opera attacks.
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Who cares about soap operas?
Why not go and argue with some ‘facts’ henry.
I mean, only a true Cnut would do such a thing.
Those ‘facts’ don’t listen. They cannot be convinced. That is their great saving grace.

aMINO aCIDS iN mETEORITES

harvey
it’s important to show the character of the people involved in global warming. It shows how reliable they are.
“A tree is known by its fruits.”
For example, Al Gore had poor grades in science. His house used more electricity than 10 households (before he went ‘green’ after people found out about it) . James Hansen has accepted political award money and has endorsed a politician. He has also testified in court that vandalism is alright and he has been arrested at a coal protest.
All of these things reveal something about the people involved in global warming.
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“He’s dirty, deceitful, and dim witted.”
Right, its all about the science….
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The fact that Pachauri didn’t reveal the truth about Himalayan Glaciers at Copenhagen says that for Pachauri it has nothing to do with science.
Would you contact Pachauri and tell him it’s all about science? Because apparently for him it is about other things.

aMINO aCIDS iN mETEORITES

Pachauri’s TERI institute golf course – water hog in a city desperate for fresh water
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Let them drink Perrier.
Let them eat cake.

Mari Warcwm

Harvey, if you really want to understand what is going on try nov55.com. This site explains how CO2 works and how it cannot cause disastrous warming, and why science has become corrupt – funding is only available for research to prove some point, not discover the facts; scientists lose their jobs if they rock the boat.
If you are being paid to spread anti sceptic propaganda and defend the status quo, it wouldn’t surprise me. This seems to be how science works now.

SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS – George Orwell from “Animal Farm”

aMINO aCIDS iN mETEORITES

harvey
The value of attacking a person is in destroying his political or cultural position. It has nothing to do with the facts.
come on harv, it’s satire.

Daniel H

@mikelorrey
“It’s not like we are accusing him of having a dozen supermodel girlfriends or of sleeping with 12 year old boys…”
Pachauri wrote a softcore porn novel that features 76 year old Shirley MacLaine as one of the central characters. It’s hard enough to top that.

Daniel H
2010/02/20 at 11:32pm
@mikelorrey
“It’s not like we are accusing him of having a dozen supermodel girlfriends or of sleeping with 12 year old boys…”
“Pachauri wrote a softcore porn novel that features 76 year old Shirley MacLaine as one of the central characters. It’s hard enough to top that.”
Sure, but he was PROUD of THAT… its not like we exposed any deep dark hidden secret, like…OMG! Overwatered Golf Course!!!

Daniel H
2010/02/20 at 11:32pm
@mikelorrey
“It’s not like we are accusing him of having a dozen supermodel girlfriends or of sleeping with 12 year old boys…”
“Pachauri wrote a softcore porn novel that features 76 year old Shirley MacLaine as one of the central characters. It’s hard enough to top that.”
Meh, romance (I reserve “softcore porn” for publications that have pictures) novels… so easy a caveman can do it…
As for the golf club memberships, thats really just a matter of poor thinking… any idiot running a non-profit schtick knows those perks are merely benefits to “donors” of a certain level… selling actual memberships shows a real lack of imagination…

Steve Koch

Pachauri is the gift that keeps giving. He’s hurting the AGW movement by putting a face on the venal, corrupt, incompetent side of AGW.