Patchy refuses to resign, intends to complete next IPPC report

From the BBC’s Richard Black:

And the train keeps on chugging along…

But while some figures outside the IPCC have called for Dr Pachauri’s head, government delegates here supported him continuing in post.

“I not only have the mandate to oversee the completion of AR5, but having been one of the two parties that requested a review by the IAC (the other being the UN), I now also have a commitment to oversee the implentation of the reforms that have come out of the review process.

“So I have every intention of staying right until I have completed the mission I accepted voluntarily to carry out, namely the conclusion of AR5 in 2014.”

– Rajenda Pachauri

….

The revised guidance emphasises that in future, authors must assess both the quality of research available and uncertainties within that research.

It urges authors to be careful of “group-think”, but maintains that it “may be appropriate to describe findings for which the evidence and understanding are overwhelming as statements of fact without using uncertainty qualifiers”.

Enhanced guidance on the use of “grey literature” – material not published in peer-reviewed scientific journals – has also been drawn up, and will be finalised by chairs of the IPCC’s working groups in the coming months.

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66 thoughts on “Patchy refuses to resign, intends to complete next IPPC report

  1. Black’s BBC article:
    “The aim (IPCC) is to reach agreement on these issues at the next full meeting in May 2011.
    The next assessment will be the fifth since the panel’s inception – and the (IPCC) assessment procedure begins next month.”

    —————–
    The IPCC is not actively engaging in the recommendations of the IAC.
    That is not acceptable.
    John

  2. Who needs a wheel taper?
    That’s the best news ever……..he will be able to witness his own slow motion train crash.

  3. This is the best news that skeptics of “man-made climate disruption” could hope for. A more discredited and disreputable leader there is not.

  4. The “good ol’ boys” network is alive and well at the IPCC et al.
    What is it going to take to wake these ignorant politicos up??
    What a bunch of Jerks……..
    VY 73, pRadio

  5. I know of only one other public figure who is as absolutely clueless as Pachauri, and I will not mention his name. Pachauri does not understand science, organization management, the public, ethics, or most things. Apparently, he understands how to glom onto a governmental flow of cash and hold on with all his might and at all costs. Pachauri’s unwillingness to leave is the worst news that the IPCC or the UN will receive for some time.

  6. Like the other posters, I consider this good news as it weakens the IPCC’s credibility and he is a poor PR frontman.

  7. …but maintains that it “may be appropriate to describe findings for which the evidence and understanding are overwhelming as statements of fact without using uncertainty qualifiers”
    Boy, that sounds like science. No more error bars. No more confidence intervals. Just declare it as “The Truth”. That’s the ticket!
    That will sink their ship for sure. Good job Patchy.

  8. Good news for us sceptics I think!
    Nothing better than a lame duck Chairman to ensure the train comes off the rails. Perhaps this issue will do to damage to the UN too… here’s hoping.

  9. We also have to remember that the Warmists will claim that the deniers/cynics/fence sitters would have found reason to celebrate regardless of his decision. Staying on will mean he can do more damage, but stepping down would mean he admits defeat and/or wrong-doing.
    Another shining example of the spin control machine at work. You just can’t win an argument with someone that can talk out of both sides at the same time.

  10. They still don’t get it. The internet has changed the world for ever, but the people in authority do not understand this. They think that they can carry on as if nothing had changed. The evidence is there in all the recent enquiries and now the IPCC thinks that it will be ok just as long as they make token gestures of reform.
    I think this is a big mistake, but i am not surprised.

  11. The IPCC thought that they were putting a Pach on the hugh leak of their credibility – but it won’t hold. All the better for all of us who are skeptics.

  12. Excellent news! A bit like attaching lead weights to an already poor swimmer whose armbands have deflated. I shall have a glass of mulled wine to celebrate (it’s getting colder here in UK).

  13. Is patchy protecting his investments? Does he really think that the next report will not see the same scrutiny that the last one saw? The planet will have a lot to do with his notoriety by 2014, as cooling continues. This should be really fun.
    I really wanted him to stay. He is such a good poster-child for the arrogance and corruption that is the IPCC process.
    Until they trash the upper levels of management and open up the process to a prevent the current scientific inbreeding, nonscientific collaboration and data massaging, and incestuous attitude towards science, the process will still be not ready for prime time. At least we will know where all the “climate scientists” are.

  14. LAST TRAIN TO ALMORA via San Fernando, Cancun and all points gone west..
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PszSocNLxY&fs=1&hl=en_US]

  15. This is great news. Pachauri would be, what, in his early to mid seventies by 2014? I have long been a believer that people can continue useful and productive lives well beyond the statutory retirement age. He should be an example to all us baby boomers as we approach that milestone. Oh, and the IPCC is doomed.

  16. PET Cemetery Literary Red-Green Review:
    Patchy and Doha*.
    Excerpt:
    It was a dark and stormy night, and Patchy, whimpering, hearing bells on the green-ivied roof, sprang limply from his comfy-fur bed to see what was the matter.
    Doha*, ‘xclaimed Mao Stlong. Gotcha in bed with your silky jammies in a deadlock, and your dead-end results dangling from your ….
    …-
    “Patchy refuses to resign, intends to complete next IPPC report” (WUWT?)
    …-
    Doha*:
    “Climate Talks Limp Toward Doha-Like Deadlock”
    “UN climate change negotiations in Tianjin lacked Copenhagen’s excitement yet ended with a similar whimper”
    “(Tianjin) – A battered and scarred negotiating text lay limp on the table at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Tianjin. Negotiators staring down at the pages clearly understood the need to narrow differences and expand consensus if they hoped to lay a foundation for the next global conference in Cancun, Mexico, scheduled for the end of the year.
    As in the past at climate talks, however, the Tianjin convention was marked by international friction and little action. Negotiators refused to make concessions and instead repeatedly broadcast pessimistic signals. Scars on the text remain.
    The October 4-9 event at the Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center was the first hosted by China in the 20-year history of the talks, which are designed to reduce man’s impact on the planet’s climate. But there was nothing new about the dead-end results.
    Sino-U.S. Dispute”
    http://english.caing.com/2010-10-14/100188334.html
    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/015102.html

  17. Pachauri pressured to resign? Nah. No Pressure.
    Can there be any other person more qualified to drive the (C)AGW train over the cliff?

  18. Shub Niggurath says:
    October 14, 2010 at 9:28 am
    Some more details of the story as it developed
    ====
    It’s also interesting to take a look at the written “responses” from various delegations to the IAC. It’s quite clear that some actually read the IAC report (understood and gave some thought to) the recommendations – while others either didn’t read or just don’t get it!
    Of all the responses, though, perhaps the most signs of things (not) to come probably lie in the “comments”/responses “Submitted by the IPCC Chair on behalf of the E-team”.
    http://www.ipcc.ch/meetings/session32/inf06_review_of_IPCC_Processes_Procedures_IAC_Report_eteam.pdf
    It’s most unfortunate that the delegations did not have an opportunity to view the recent research from Donna Laframboise regarding the “train wrecks” inherent in AR4’s chapter on “species extinction”
    http://nofrakkingconsensus.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/another-ipcc-train-wreck-species-extinction-part-1/
    The notorious (and nurtured by Nature, of course) “Thomas” report (on which much of the chapter was based) could well be considered as WG II’s Mann & his “hockey stick” equivalent.
    Another highlight (from my reading of Donna’s work) is the fact that of the 10 lead authors, 5 have links to the WWF (along with 3 of the contributing authors).

  19. Julian in Wales says:
    October 14, 2010 at 9:48 am
    Wow – this is really bad news for the IPCC.

    Not really. If you take the stink out of a skunk, it no longer stinks, but then it is no longer a skunk either.

  20. Everday he stays is another day of reducing the credibility of the AGW movement by simply exposing it for what it is.

  21. And if the unmitigated, undiluted, extreme rubbish that flowed out of the sewers of NASA GISS about CO2 being the primary and most powerful driver of climate change is anything to go by, the AR5 is going to be the most alarmist and extreme report yet, calling on policy makers to make drastic measures amounting to returning the Western nations to a technological equivalent of the Stone Age.
    Well, all I can say is, the more extreme the better, as nothing will wake the public up more than when Governments start forcefully taking their cars from them.

  22. I disagree. He should stay in office and complete his mandate. His efforts will have sufficiently discredited any reports produced to render them useless. We all need a bit of humor in our lives and he is providing that. I think this situation should be milked for what ever it has by skeptic; since that is exactly what Pachauri is doing milking it for his own personal gain. Side benefit of him staying on, he is drawing the fire others can breath easier.

  23. Malaga View 10:41
    Blimey, Johnny Duncan! What a great record that was – and what an ancient old wrinkly I feel for being able to remember it!

  24. Sceptical Butch: Hey, wait a minute.
    Sundance: What?
    SB: Did you see Pachauri out there?
    S: Pachauri? Sure. He’s still there.
    SB: Oh, good. For a moment there I thought we were in trouble.

  25. From hro001 on October 14, 2010 at 11:10 am:

    Another highlight (from my reading of Donna’s work) is the fact that of the 10 lead authors, 5 have links to the WWF (along with 3 of the contributing authors).

    Ah, that’s just one of those “odd statistical coincidences” that leads people to imagine questionable motives. Like I have heard said, it’s not that the media has a liberal bias, it’s just that those of a liberal bent are more likely to pursue journalism. Those who are certain Mother Earth is in obvious danger from mankind are more likely than not to be those working with the WWF, the IPCC reports are about detailing an obvious danger to Mother Earth from mankind, those working on the IPCC reports are more likely than not to be those who are certain Mother Earth is in obvious danger from mankind who are also those more likely than not to be those working with the WWF.
    Nope, no “conspiracies” here, nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing to see here, move along people…
    😉

  26. Even with public faith in the IPCC and AGW continuing to drop well below half of the people in the west, Pachy and friends see their problem as one of communication.
    Public confidence, once lost, is rarely recovered. In the case of the IPCC, a lot influential people read the CRU emails, and many more have read the Bishop’s HSI or the CRUtape Letters. These have devastated public trust in anything coming out of the mouths of any person or organization central to the the facts, including Pachy and the IPCC.
    Pachendra is the perfect poison to ensure the death of the IPCC. I welcome his decision to remain as head through 2014. I sincerely hope that Mr. Ban Ki-Moon of the UN does not read WUWT.

  27. “I not only have the mandate to oversee the completion of AR5, but having been one of the two parties that requested a review by the IAC (the other being the UN), I now also have a commitment to oversee the implentation of the reforms that have come out of the review process.”………
    – Rajenda Pachauri
    ====================
    Translation:
    This is my monster, I should be given the chance to bring it under control.

  28. Enhanced guidance on the use of “grey literature” – material not published in peer-reviewed scientific journals – has also been drawn up, and will be finalised by chairs of the IPCC’s working groups in the coming months.
    Considering how much the members control the peer review itself, as discovered during climategate, is this a case of going worse to bad? Still… an improvement

  29. Pachy may still be in control of the IPCC, but it appears that William Connelley (the weasel known as stoat) has been banned by Wikipedia (story at the Bishop’s Blog).

  30. Maybe he thinks if he stays in there long enough we will all remember how to spell his name when we are asking for his head??

  31. I don’t think patchy has to worry about grey literature … most of it is now making it through pal … er … peer review.

  32. Pachauri and big oil:
    Dr. R.K. Pachauri
    Founder and Science Advisor of GLORIOIL.
    Source: Glorioil
    http://www.glorioil.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=10
    —————————————————–
    Oil Industry Restructuring Group, ‘R’ Group, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (1994). ”
    “He was on the Board of Directors of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (June 2006 to June 2009)”
    “He was on the Board of Directors of the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (January 1999 to September 2003)”
    Source: TERI
    http://www.teriin.org/about/cv_rkp.htm
    —————————————————–
    OTHER AFFILIATIONS
    Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P.
    Rockefeller Foundation, The
    Credit Suisse Group
    Deutsche Bank AG (Climate Chage Advisory Board)
    Asian Development Bank
    Íslandsbanki
    Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd.
    North Carolina State University
    Gail India Ltd. (Largest gas transmission and marketing company in India.)
    Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.
    NTPC Ltd.
    Chicago Climate Exchange, Inc.
    The Energy and Resources Institute
    Siderian Ventures (Biochar startup: strategic
    Source: Source: Bloomberg Business Week
    http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=9089242&privcapId=22361&previousCapId=138823&previousTitle=General%20Catalyst%20Partners
    ————————————-
    “He has also been a Visiting Professor, Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University (August 1981 — August 1982);”
    Source: WebCite
    http://www.webcitation.org/5nC4oFAg6
    Now I know why Gore and Pachy are getting so desperate about Global Climate Disrusption. They have too much money invested for things to be spoilt by nasty sceptics. :o)

  33. I echo the glee expressed at Pachauri’s stubborn determination to stay in his position… the longer the better. The only way the situation could possibly be worse for the IPCC would be to add Gore as a chief scientific advisor and quote Pachauri’s racy novel in AR5 as a reference.
    The lil train that couldn’t…

  34. Well what did you expect from the U.N., just more glad handing and cronyism. I did not think he would step down or be fired. But one thing for sure is as others have said trust once lost is hard to get back. And as far as the U.N. is concerned i do not think much if any in this world have ever really trusted them to begin with. With that said , I am glad to be back after 2 and half months, my laptop was stolen and finally got a new one.

  35. He will spend the next 4 years using his post as Chairman “adjusting his financial position”. Pity the suckers who buy from him.

  36. Hey if they changed the captain of the Titanic would that make the ship anymore stable? Hey theres no more ice berg’s due to global warming, crash, bang, wallop.

  37. “So I have every intention of staying right until I have completed the mission I accepted voluntarily to carry out, namely the conclusion of AR5 in 2014.”
    I would personally add:
    “Plus the overseeing of ongoing funding to my charity, grants, donations, publishing and investments”

  38. You say the “train keeps on chugging along” I take it that is the gravy train of funding, trips and sponsorship? For him and his companies and study groups. He wouldn’t want to give that up, it all adds up to a “nice little earner” as Richard North points out at http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/

  39. He was never going to go,
    “In spite of this report being all things to all men, it did not criticise the IPCC process and whilst many have seen it as a call for Dr Pachauri to resign, panel chairman Harold Shapiro, was at pains, in a recent interview, to insist that no such interpretation should be made:
    “It was beyond our charter to even look at whether the current leadership was adequate or inadequate or super-terrific, and so we did not look. This suggestion [of term limits], from our point of view, does not come from any lack of confidence in the current director. It’s something we simply did not address.
    We don’t recommend any change in the director’s position. We do propose a new position called executive director, who would head the secretariat in Geneva. We believe that should be a senior scientist, responsible for day-to-day operations of the secretariat and of the overall assessment.”
    http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/ipcc_endangered_by_iac_report.html

  40. During WW11 Churchill decided to proscribe all attempts to assassinate Hitler as he figured The Allies would have a better chance of winning with the enemy led by an incompetent military commander.

  41. This should be given a wider airing: The reseach was done by Richard Northa year ago and involves and in an indian court case where a judge ruled that Pachauri had “suppressed material facts and they have sworn to false affidavits”
    The original court document of the judement is here: http://www.indiankanoon.org/doc/290167/
    And this is a extract from Richard North’s EUREferendum citing the contents of court document:
    the judge was entirely unconvinced, declaring that the three officers of the Council, including Mr (sic) Pachauri, ” have suppressed material facts and they have sworn to false affidavits.”
    The Judge went on to say that the defendant had acted in a very arbitrary way, stating: “such things could not be tolerated in a democratic set up.” In a coruscating indictment, he then declared:
    And I am afraid, that the affairs and the efficient management of the Centre are not safe in the hands of officers like … Dr R K Pachauri … and they had ignored that the officers have to function as a public functionaries within the parameters of the Constitution.
    A year after that judgement, Pachauri was elected to become co-chair of the IPCC. He is still on the Governing Council of the Habitat Centre and between September 2004 and September 2006 was its president.
    http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2009/12/hypocrite-as-well-as-liar.html
    So there you have it, the chairman of the IPCC has been told he cannot be trusted to tell the truth under oath to the court.
    And then we have the conflicts of interest; the Voodoo Science smear; the TERI-Europe accounts that underrepresented the income of the charity by 85%.
    What does it take to make others on the IPCC panel sit up and say we cannot be associated with this man?

  42. Pssst………. maybe we can get him to retire from the IPCC if we all go out and buy his book and then nominate him for the next Nobel In Liturature. Of course everything would have to be in writing and it might be a good idea to get it on DVD too. He’s pretty shifty.
    PS: No you don’t have to read the book, heck you don’t even have to take it out of the brown paper bag; just toss it in the recycle bin, maybe someone else will have better luck with the ink and paper. Think about it! Nothing in life is free. Paying off a worthless politician isn’t new science. And, who knows, maybe they won’t even appoint a new chair; maybe they’ll actually have the committee VOTE on something all by themselves.
    PPS: No! No! No! The Nobel Prize doesn’t mean anything any more, it’s just a bribe money outlet for the latest European Blue Blood Save-The-Earth Cause Of The Day. They’ll vote for anyone, for anything, any day of the week. Remember Al Gore?

  43. “And the train keeps on chugging along…”
    That’s the gravy train that keeps money rolling in for Patchy and TERI.

  44. The UN is so corrupted by greed and power it’s mind boggling. Patchy fits right in. The entire organization should be abandoned. That someone as obviously corrupt as Patchy doesn’t get the boot after being caught red-handed over and over in conflicts of interest is hard evidence that there is little interest in cleaning it up.

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