Newspaper: U.N. IPCC chair Rajenda Pachauri faces sexual harassment charges – story then disappears from website

From the this sounds familiar department…comes this hot, steamy, but not climatic turn of events, along with the near immediate disappearance of the story down the memory hole.

Via Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. on the front page of India’s The Economic Times comes word of the charges:

TERI director-general RK Pachauri faces harassment charges by 29-year-old female employee 

The complainant, who works as a research analyst at the New Delhi-based energy think tank, has cited unwanted physical advances.

Pachauri_sex-harrassmentOddly, the link to the original story at The Economic Times, here…

…seems to have been disappeared, and now displays a “404”. Using web search on The Economic Times still reveals the existence of the story Fortunately, I was able to archive a copy from Google cache, and it is in the PDF below:

TERI director-general RK Pachauri faces harassment charges by 29-year-old female employee – The Economic Times (PDF via Google cache)

Update: The article can still be found here:

pachauri-readerwebsite-story(h/t to reader Bart)

So either the editors learned that somehow the story wasn’t true and pulled it, or there has been some legal or political pressure, perhaps from the U.N., to quash the story. It seems the original article didn’t contain any mention of Pacahuri’s U.N. IPCC involvement, only his role in TERI.

Maybe they seriously believed this claim from the article:

Pachauri has denied all the allegations and said he’s been a victim of hacking. “The said email has indicated misuse of my computer resources and communication devices, without my permission or consent,” he said in a response to ET’s queries. “From your email, I have come to know the factum that my computer resources including my email ids, mobile phone and WhatsApp messages have been hacked and that unknown cyber criminals have gone ahead and have unauthorisedly accessed my computer resources and communication devices and further committed various criminal activities.”

UPDATE: From The Economic Times Twitter Feed comes this announcement:


But, this episode is reminiscent of Pachauri’s steamy potboiler sex novel A Return to Almora:

IPCC now in Bizarroland: Pachauri releases “smutty” romance novel

The book, which makes reference to the Kama Sutra, starts promisingly enough as it tells the story of a climate expert with a lament for the denuded mountain slopes of Nainital, in northern India, where deforestation by the timber mafia and politicians has “endangered the fragile ecosystem”.

But talk of “denuding” is a clue of what is to come.

By page 16, Sanjay is ready for his first liaison with May in a hotel room in Nainital. “She then led him into the bedroom,” writes Dr Pachauri.

“She removed her gown, slipped off her nightie and slid under the quilt on his bed… Sanjay put his arms around her and kissed her, first with quick caresses and then the kisses becoming longer and more passionate.

“May slipped his clothes off one by one, removing her lips from his for no more than a second or two.

“Afterwards she held him close. ‘Sandy, I’ve learned something for the first time today. You are absolutely superb after meditation. Why don’t we make love every time immediately after you have meditated?’.”

A book review about this potboiler had this to say:

Lucky for him, Sanjay never encounters any serious criticism in this book.  No one accuses him of scientific fraud, no one seriously disagrees with his ‘research’, no one takes him to task over the fee structures of his Meditation Huts (or whatever he calls his 400 plus franchised enlightenment outlets).  It seems likely that if controversy ever came Sanjay’s way he would respond badly.  First he’d try lofty, above it all condescension; when that failed to stifle opponents he’d result to angry and unthinking vituperation.  In neither case would he show much talent for detailed, evidence-based argument.  At the end, he would vanish from the scene, looking and sounding hurt, and go off to seek inner peace among the forgiving silence of the Himalayan hills. There, where the Force is strong, he would heal.  The gurus and saddhus would throw themselves at his feet; women would batter down his door; memories of his past incarnations would distract him from unpleasant events; from time to time he would consider ways to help the poor and spread the light.

Speaking of Guru’s The Love Guru has this relevant quote from a hockey team member: “there’s no connection between hockey and my love life”

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M Courtney
February 18, 2015 7:51 am

It may be true.
It may be false.
Shall we speculate or let the courts decide?
And who thinks that personal morality affects the climate anyway?

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 8:02 am

Sure if the judges are trustworthy. But we know what pressure the IPCC and the UN can put pressure on people who question them. So maybe the judges are honest, or maybe a huge amount pressure is coming down to bear on them .

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 8:03 am

Good point, but it would constitute a kind of pattern. He probably got to be IPCC chair by claiming he had two PhDs. Even though he does not.

Reply to  TobiasN
February 18, 2015 11:18 am

He got to be IPCC chair because the Bush administration wanted to get rid of the incumbent, Robert Watson, who had been supported by the Clinton administration. His PhD was jointly in Industrial Engineering and Economics.

Reply to  TobiasN
February 18, 2015 11:27 am

Yes, Bush agreed to having Pachauri. But keep in mind that:
1. There are tens of thousands of appointments that any president makes or supports, and
2. Often they don’t turn out as expected.
Look at the Supreme Court nominees that turned out to be far different than expected. Pachauri was probably a sneaky devil, telling everyone whatever they wanted to hear. Many of them do that.
Now the problem is getting rid of this reprobate. Maybe this will be sufficient cause — but I personally doubt it. There will be tremendous pressure brought to bear on the accuser, both the carrot and the stick. Most people will take the easy way out.

Reply to  TobiasN
February 19, 2015 6:05 am

Suggestions at the time were that as well as getting rid of a credible chairman who was a Clinton appointee by appointing Pachauri they would reduce the IPCC credibility.

Leonard Weinstein
Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 8:08 am

Morality is one (but not the only) defining feature of a persons character. If a person lies, cheats, or otherwise behaves badly, the person is likely less reliable in other ways. Since Pachauri is an important cog in IPCC, this reflect poorly on him and his claims from his work at IPCC. I have read much of the IPCC detailed report, and it seems mainly to be good work, with much useful information. However, the summary is pure political bull, and greatly distorts from the actual details. In addition, the propaganda (news media and from statements from individuals) coming out of the IPCC report, some of which is from Pachauri, does not correspond well with what facts are known.

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 8:08 am

This. Regardless what we feel of Pachauri and his involvement with the IPCC, if we believe in the jurisprudence our own country practices – i.e. innocent until proven otherwise – benefit of doubt should be extended until/unless a relevant court of law proves otherwise.
We have plenty we can castigate Pachauri for without descending into the gutter, as well.
Of course, if it IS proven, all bets are off.

Ben of Houston
Reply to  mdmnmdllr
February 18, 2015 10:41 am

It was an idle curiousity until the article was removed. People behaving badly is one thing, but potential official corruption is something else entirely.

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 8:20 am

Let’s speculate! It seems to be OK to speculate when the newspapers are reporting on Bill Cosby.
And here’s an oldie but goodie.

M Courtney
Reply to  dbstealey
February 18, 2015 8:53 am


Let’s speculate! It seems to be OK to speculate when the newspapers are reporting on Bill Cosby.

Not to me, it didn’t.
Not even for Cliff Richard either.
Innocent until proven guilty should even apply to those I don’t like.
That’s the thing about principles. You can’t just change them when they become inconvenient.

Reply to  dbstealey
February 18, 2015 3:07 pm

Yeah! Speculating is so much more fun. No need to worry about evidence, facts, or procedures to reach entertaining conclusions. And so appropriate in this case. It’s the Global Warmers’ way.

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 8:42 am

Personal morality doesn’t affect the climate? Not the actual temperature and precipitation, but the research and reporting and recommendations it absolutely does. Of course, no one could ever manipulate data and statistics!
A man who shows lack of integrity in one area of life should at least come under suspicion for lack of integrity in other areas of his life. The Clinton treatment is a joke, a person lies brazenly in one ‘compartment’ of life but is completely truthful in others? what a fool believes ♫
Which is probably what is happening here because he is not getting the Clarence Thomas treatment that’s for sure. There is a greater issue at stake, something is being protected beyond this man’s personal life. The press is no longer a reporting entity, it is a means of promoting agenda, on both sides of the political spectrum.

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 12:03 pm

Well put, M Courtney, and you are right of course. But one of the warmists’ principal weapons has been the Ad Hom. It would be poetic justice if their house collapsed because of this one.

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 1:21 pm

Sorry but ..

“who thinks that personal morality affects the climate anyway?”

f can’t think of anyone who’d think that whatever Pachauri does or does not do affects climate the least.
However, what he does affect, and very actively pursues, is politics which serve to infringe on ordinary peoples freedom, their lives and wallets.
Anyway, the cat is out of of the bag, now it’s news. Whichever way the truth lies it’s a juicy and despicable story. Shall we pretend it is not out there? When do we ever await a judges ruling before we acknowledge that there is indeed a story?
So sorry, I don’t buy into the notion that we should refrain from noticing (or speculating) before the courts decide. Only keeping in mind that that is indeed what we are doing; considering consequences under very heavy premises of ‘what if’ …
But keep in mind: Very little of what is brought up under ‘climate’ or ‘climate change’ is in any way related to climate or that and how it does change …

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 1:39 pm

The courts did decide. They decided that story should disappear.
And that is now a story more interesting than any speculation about possible workplace shenanigans.

Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 4:10 pm

Quote: “And who thinks that personal morality affects the climate anyway?”
Just ask any of the “Warmests” what they think. You can use any CAGW skeptic’s name for bait.

Robert B
Reply to  M Courtney
February 18, 2015 6:59 pm

M Courtney – Personal morality does not affect the climate. It does affect the method that is called ‘science’. It seems that ‘science’ to you is just the fiddly bits that come after the conclusion.
We know that the same reporting would not be the case if a prominent sceptic or conservative was accused. Look at the media treatment of Prince Andrew.
The Guardian – “Lawyers seek evidence of Prince Andrew’s support for billionaire paedophile”
I think Epstein pleaded guilty to to soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14 so ephebophile rather than hebophile and definitely not a paedophile. Its not just semantics, I’m pointing out that the media are jumping at the chance to stick it to Prince Andrew instead of waiting for the courts.

Reply to  M Courtney
February 19, 2015 1:27 am

We need a consensus on this.

Reply to  M Courtney
February 20, 2015 1:04 pm

I have already seen what happens when people with influence and the Morals of an Ally Cat are sprung.Bill Shorten our Opposition Leader was just recently accused of Rape but the Police said they woun’t charge him because it was too long ago when it happened.One rule for thee and another for Me.

Mike Bromley the Kurd
February 18, 2015 7:57 am

Christiana Figueres is about to have a cow.

Bart Tali
February 18, 2015 7:58 am
Reply to  Bart Tali
February 18, 2015 8:19 am

I saved screen-captures, see
I don’t think WP lets my links display inline….

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Ric Werme
February 18, 2015 6:30 pm

The “my accounts were hacked” is all well-and-good as an excuse…until you get to the handwritten note and the allegations of repeated and inappropriate physical contact against her wishes.

February 18, 2015 8:05 am

Not really certain that this story belongs here until more is known, and see little point in mentioning his book, let alone quoting from it.

Scottish Sceptic
February 18, 2015 8:05 am

It’s rather like climategate. That some academics got carried away and told the world to commit economic suicide when they couldn’t use excel – that’s a dog bites man story – you get idiots like that everywhere.
But that certain people in the British establishment then conspired to prevent a full and frank investigation and disclosure and ensure that all academics in future worked to appropriately high standards – that was a man bites dog story.
So if Pachauri did harass some woman, he’s certainly got his comeuppance (assuming no one was actually hurt), if he didn’t we shouldn’t go on about it.
However, if people have been leant on AGAIN to cover up yet another story, it’s another conspiracy to pervert justice and that’s not tolerable.

Reply to  Scottish Sceptic
February 18, 2015 2:49 pm

“computer was backed”
That’s one amazing hacking, which can do what? Create some sort of Pauchari doppelganger that runs around kissing and caressing young women?
Too Funny. Voodoo science? How about voodoo excuses?

Mike Jowsey
Reply to  pokerguy
February 18, 2015 9:37 pm

Haha! Brilliant: “voodoo excuses”. By a delinquent teenager to boot.

Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 8:08 am

50 shades of green
Article says:”Pachauri is also chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.”
Where there is smoke there is fire. Soft porn writer, sex harasser, willful liar…..I say there is much more.
What a creep.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 8:19 am

Let me put it this way, If this man offered me his home cooked vindaloo I would instantly reject it.

Reply to  FrankKarrvv
February 18, 2015 9:34 am

From what I hear it wasn’t his goat.

Dave VanArsdale
Reply to  FrankKarrvv
February 18, 2015 1:03 pm

SlFrank said,
“Let me put it this way, If this man offered me his home cooked vindaloo I would instantly reject it.”
Ahh, but don’t tempt me with a slow cooked Rogan Josh!

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 8:25 am

Paul W says:
Morality is one (but not the only) defining feature of a persons character. If a person lies, cheats, or otherwise behaves badly, the person is likely less reliable in other ways
Seems to apply to one M. Mann, too. Character matters… whether one has it, or whether one doesn’t.
[And re: “50 shades of green”. Very good! ☺].

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 7:18 pm

I agree. Pachauri must be aware that the AGW “debate” is a scam therefore he is dishonest to the core of his being . That at the base of your integrity along with as you say his desire to write down his sexual fantasies and openly advertise them shows enormous lack of judgement for a man in such a position. The appalling photos of him don’t help!

February 18, 2015 8:08 am

‘The complainant, who works as a research analyst at the New Delhi-based energy think tank, has cited unwanted physical advances.’
Just looking at Pachauri I would think that just about all physical (polite way of putting it, isn’t it?) advances would be unwanted.
On a more serious note, it’s sad that this scandal absolutely pales in comparison to the truly horrific scandals that have emanated from those brazen halls. Maurice Strong and Tariq Aziz for a start?

February 18, 2015 8:11 am

Perfect front figure for an organization of science-corrupters, he seems.

February 18, 2015 8:12 am

He seems to be in standard damage control mode: 1) deny everything, 2) blame hackers. Probably soon to be followed by 3) attack the character of the complainant.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  PaulH
February 18, 2015 8:20 am

You could add (and what better proof than what’s found in this thread:)
4) Attack anyone who reports the issue.

Reply to  PaulH
February 18, 2015 8:38 am

Deny what you can and make it sound like everything. While Pachauri addressed the computer issues (someone hacked his computer to harass a new employee), he ignored the full article’s references to a handwritten note and allegations of physical contact.

John ;0)
February 18, 2015 8:13 am

New name WUWTT (watts up with that tabloid) ;0)

Reply to  John ;0)
February 18, 2015 9:44 am

Sadly, yes.

Reply to  John ;0)
February 18, 2015 10:37 am

And since the moral relativism crowd will always try to sweep it under the rug, a much needed communications channel.

February 18, 2015 8:26 am

With poor ratio of true/false sexual harassment allegations against men in general, I’d give him full benefit of doubt. He may not be much of a scientist, or a person, but I’d wait till the whole matter becomes clear. The track record of false allegations against men, especially in India, is just absurd.

Reply to  Hlaford
February 18, 2015 8:32 am

Hlaford says:
I’d give him full benefit of doubt.
Like Bill Cosby, right?

Alan Robertson
Reply to  dbstealey
February 18, 2015 8:33 am

Bill Clinton?

Reply to  dbstealey
February 18, 2015 12:14 pm

Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

Reply to  dbstealey
February 18, 2015 12:26 pm

Innocent until proven guilty. Besides, being a bad climatologist is generally unrelated with being a sexual harasser. It is also completely silly at his age.
Regarding sexual harassment, India is a very special place. Go check The Sexual Harassment of Women At Workplace Act of 2013. Feel free to be amazed at low rape rate in India, and simultaneously high accusation rates. Also don’t miss the Section 498A dowry law to get a full picture. Those women are wielding immense power to ruin any men’s life. They know it, and they use it. Therefore, I’d give Pachauri full benefit of doubt.

G. Karst
February 18, 2015 8:28 am

One woman coming forward usually “breaks the ice jam” and many others find the courage to come forward. Schadenfreude then rules. GK

February 18, 2015 8:34 am

Who cares Anthony? Honestly sexual harassment charges are the last resort and sometimes the go to strategy of the politically motivated and dishonest. It’s the method used by corrupt politicians to take down their enemies.
Don’t become that guy, just get them on the science.

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  sabretruthtiger
February 18, 2015 9:46 am

I think it is Pachauri who has lied to the world, cost everyone trillions, caused deaths by way of UN policy, all while he stood on an ivory tower or eco-moral superiority looking down at we, the sinful. We too are frail and corrupt in our own ways, but there is something unseemly about his public, grandiose, and international scale that begs us to admonish him, not for our schadenfreude, but for his sake and the sake of the world.
I think the proper procedure is to approach him privately first. Seems to me that was done. Then to use the proper administrative authority to seek redress.. Seems to me that was done also. Pachauri is relying on the good will of the naive as a sanctuary.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
February 19, 2015 10:15 am

“…cost everyone trillions.”
How did you arrive at that figure?

Mike Jowsey
Reply to  sabretruthtiger
February 18, 2015 9:42 pm

“It’s the method used by corrupt politicians to take down their enemies.” E.G. Julian Assange.

February 18, 2015 8:38 am

It was the red silk hanky again. Don’t go anywhere near Pachauri, if you see a red silk hanky in his top pocket….

February 18, 2015 8:46 am

To be fair. If it was a high profile “denier” it would be all over the internet with the man proven guilty in the court of public opinion. No way would it get squashed or disappeared.
It’s interesting, and I’m fine with waiting to see the outcome. If that makes the news at all.

Gentle Tramp
Reply to  NancyG22
February 18, 2015 4:29 pm

Yes, that is the real travesty of this affair:
It always makes a big difference WHO is accused of such things. Any “evil” CAGW sceptic would instantly be smeared most brutally by the whole liberal press of the globe, but a “good guy” like Pachauri will get full sympathy of the united journalistic do-gooders unless his guilt is proven beyond any doubt…
As Orwell expressed it with pinpoint accuracy in his novel “Animal Farm”:

February 18, 2015 9:03 am

Is it an appropriate time to bring up the governor of Oregon?

Reply to  TomE
February 18, 2015 9:41 am

Not if s/he is a Democrat and did something naughty.

Reply to  TomE
February 18, 2015 10:08 am

Absolutely! Show the world the correlation of being elitist liars like the socialist club really is. Joe Biden, (see recent NYT, FOX, etc) another public servant much like of Wiener, etc. Do as I say, not as I do. And where are all the progressive women man hate groups when their socialist pals commit the sin? Gone hiding, like they did with Clinton. The only surface when those with opposing their cause step out of line. The left is good at demonizing someone else’s activity; but it is usually a redirection of a reflection of their own malfeasance.

February 18, 2015 9:23 am

“The said email has indicated misuse of my computer resources and communication devices, without my permission or consent,” he said in a response to ET’s queries.”
Not a good sign when someone immediately goes to the Weiner defense.

February 18, 2015 9:27 am

The poor man has enough problems without this nonsense.

Joe Chang
February 18, 2015 9:29 am

A friend of a friend worked at the UN. She got the job by agreeing to be the kept “person” of the managing director of that particular department. So unlike being paid by a rich person directly, the MD was using UN funds to do so. I understood that a disproportionate percentage of the staff was F gender, and that this was not unusual in other directorates.

son of mulder
February 18, 2015 9:36 am

The lengths that one can go to in search of The Topospheric Hotspot.

February 18, 2015 9:43 am

I’m of the opinion that this article has no place on this web site.
For a start, it has nothing to do with AGW, climate change, IPCC; whatever. Publishing an uncorroborated story like this, especially one that is pulled down so quickly due to a court injunction, is a character smear. Nothing more, nothing less.
Some of the AGW mob enjoy character smears, and there is no reason at all for our side to sink to that level. Especially when the AGW mob have the upper hand, media wise. Reprinting this can bite in the arse at unexpected and usually inconvenient times. Additionally, creating a connection between this story and his book is creating a strawman argument; doing so opens us up to the “playing the man not the ball” criticism.
Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that the story is correct and dozens of other complainants come forward. Let’s further suppose that the allegations are found to be true. What the hell does this have to do with AGW, the IPCC or whatever? A whole bunch of hot air is expended on a sideshow whereas the real act is quietly taking advantage of the diversion and embedding itself in further.
A comment earlier said something along the lines of character matters. It certainly does; we need to show character ourselves, not demonstrate our lack of.
And whilst all this is going on, is anyone looking at WeatherBell and reading the arguments Joe Bastardi is making over the AMO flip? The comments by Dr Mann and Bastardi’s rebuttal on the Cape Cod sea temperatures and the resulting snowfalls? Nope? Instead, we have this tabloid story.

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  Neil
February 18, 2015 9:53 am

The UN / IPCC climate mob are responsible for the deaths of millions by way of numerous policies over decades. This is long past polite chatter with brandy and cigars. All if fair in love and war. Anyone have pictures of him?

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 10:12 am

I don’t disagree with you regarding the UN and the IPCC. Both organizations are well past their use-by date; they seem to exist to allow little tinpot despots the oxygen to bash western democracies.
However, let’s suppose this tar-and -feathering runs to it’s completion, and he’s chased out of the IPCC and the UN.
What’s changed? Nothing. The UN is still there. The IPCC is still there. The policies and recommendations are still there.
It’s not even a Pyrrhic victory; the net result is nil on their side, much effort and focus on ours. For nothing of any consequence.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 10:52 am

The IPCC is the UN. The organization is the UN/IPCC.

Reply to  Neil
February 18, 2015 10:10 am

You could just not visit again…. or comment….”Neil”.

Reply to  Kitefreak
February 18, 2015 10:18 am

It’s always an option. I’d prefer WUWT to go back to arguing science than tabloid headlines. The stuff that Eschenbach and Tisdale write is always worth reading.
Our opponents like to ridicule WUWT as an anti-science blog. Stories like this don’t help that view.

Reply to  Kitefreak
February 18, 2015 10:42 am

“Thick as a brick eh?”
“Nothing to see here!” etc etc.

Reply to  Kitefreak
February 18, 2015 11:17 am

Just skip the articles you disagree with. But lots of readers liked this one.

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  Kitefreak
February 18, 2015 12:33 pm

I don’t gage my interests based on perceived critics amongst my enemies. I am confident in my science/politics/economics. Pachauri is a dirt-bag poster boy of the IPCC excesses.

Reply to  Neil
February 19, 2015 8:18 am

Tabloid story? Which tabloid carried it. If my suspicions are correct Huff Post created a special merger to cover it–one which would not alert its regular readers but which would allow a search to find it so it could claim it covered it:

Reply to  Neil
February 19, 2015 12:51 pm

Respectfully, I disagree in part.
First, however, I agree that this is and should be a case of presumed innocence. (At the same time, the allegations include unwanted, unwelcome and unceasing physical contact, plus handwritten notes, and the response from the alleged harrassor offers an explanation/excuse that “someone else did it”. Then there’s the fact that the story was torpedoed…
With all that said, in my experience, a person who lies, cheats, makes excuses about major things (such as sexual harassment, rape, etc.) on the “personal” side is also very likely to do the lie, cheat, steal, etc., on the “professional” side. Of course, in cases where people have celebrity status, the “personal” and “professional” facets of their life become quite blurred. As such, my opinion is that this is a noteworthy mention (though some of the comments here go off the deep end with regard to outright character assault). More precisely, if this case goes forward and there is action against Pachauri (though I rather doubt it will ever get that far), the matter would indicate a great deal about the person’s strength of character and reliability … or lack thereof.

Robert of Ottawa
February 18, 2015 9:54 am

I put this story in the Wednesday what-the-heck? category. Amusing for its schadenfreude.
But as someone else mentioned, this is the man who heads an important UN organization?

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
February 19, 2015 5:38 am

Reminiscent of the head of the IMF being arrested in NY after an accusation of sexual assault by a hotel employee, the case was dropped: “The charges were dismissed at the request of the prosecution which pointed out serious doubts in Diallo’s credibility and inconclusive physical evidence”. Suggestions at the time in France were that he had been set up by political rivals.

February 18, 2015 9:54 am

Very disappointed with this posting. I always thought better of WUWT responders, and regarded them above this sort of character assassination. This seems to be sinking to the level of skeptical science or saucy sue or whatever her name is. Don’t get me wrong – I certainly hold no torches for this chap, but many comments here unnecessary.

Reply to  Otteryd
February 18, 2015 10:20 am

When a particular group of political greedy money grabbing fools that preach CAGW and with malice dispense constant and continuous condescending accusations at defenders of truth in science, one should take note of the character of such individuals as a whole. If Mr. Mann, et al serve nothing more than purveyors of deceit, there has to be more response than just turning a cheek.

February 18, 2015 9:58 am

He who lives by the sword, shall die by the sword.
‘Sandy, I’ve learned something for the first time today’
(unofficially known as “Superstorm Sandy”)…by Wiki. [/sarc]
Whereas it is true
Being no broken law
[ ??? .mod]

Martin R
February 18, 2015 10:00 am

If he has to step down from the IPCC maybe Peter Gleick is available.

Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 10:08 am

Turn this around, just for one second. Pick a white dude, a AGW skeptic, married with kids, a regular joe, like our host Anthony. Now put him on a seat in a subway with sunglasses and he could just as easily be shoved to the floor, handcuffed, and arrested for “thinking rape” because he was “manspreading” and being a creepy middle aged white dude.
Then…the thought police leftists, would have a field day especially if he was an AGW a$$-kicker. There would be mob rule outside his solar powered home, effigies burning on the end of a hangman’s nooses, followed by legislation to make “Watts” a swear word.
I see that is not just a possibility, but a fantasy to be engineered & enjoyed by the likes of Mann and Jone and Gleick.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 10:12 am

Absolutely spot on sir.
Well done.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
February 18, 2015 10:32 am

Well said. But “manspreading” in winter is could result in diminishing returns… 🙂

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  highflight56433
February 18, 2015 12:19 pm

I must admit, I just learned this term. I didn’t know that sitting on a chair such that I don’t injure myself with the weight of my own inner thighs was rape. I just found out that men.. sitting… is rape. And Sunglasses is a “stare-rape” tool. I can see it happen…Imagine if Anthony is pulled over for littering!!! The entire EPA will be on him.

jim hogg
February 18, 2015 10:18 am

Presumption of innocence . . . ?

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  jim hogg
February 18, 2015 12:20 pm

That is an Anglo-American concept. It ain’t green.

Reply to  jim hogg
February 18, 2015 12:35 pm

That’s the null hypothesis!

Reply to  Sleepalot
February 18, 2015 3:07 pm

It is. So we should apply it.
Partisan politics is no reason to abandon one’s principles.

February 18, 2015 10:21 am

I guess before addressing the issue of whether or not he is innocent or guilty, one should ask whether it is known whether he and his fellow IPCCers have been known to smear opponents in a cold, calculating and cruel manner??

February 18, 2015 10:35 am

Over the past several years I have made a conscious effort to not be cynical about climate focused stories.
But today I glory in cynical ecstasy at the implications coming from the play out of the media charades on a report of U.N. IPCC chair Rajenda Pachauri being involved with sexual harassment.
Time to write a smutty fable where one of the climate change cause’s emperors has no clothes . . . . oops

February 18, 2015 10:51 am

Pachauri talks about hacking. But fails to address these bits in my bold. Maybe a handwriting expert can take a look.

The complainant, who works as a research analyst at the New Delhi-based energy think tank, has cited unwanted physical advances besides being the recipient of SMS and WhatsApp messages, emails and a handwritten note with dates and time that began soon after she joined TERI in September 2013.

This has nothing to do with climate but imagine if a well known sceptic was accused by his female employee. There would be no end to it.

February 18, 2015 11:18 am

Let me explain this.
There’s no evidence, there’s an allegation. It was duly reported, with what appears to be rather normal tones (not a witch hunt, just a description of the allegations). Then after an investigation it was found he was “hacked”, and cleared of all wrongdoing.
Except, WAIT! That last bit didn’t happen. An attempt was made to “disappear” the story without any resolution.
That is [why] this is wrong, and why it needs to be exposed.

Reply to  CodeTech
February 18, 2015 11:19 am

Isn’t it odd how my brain can say “why” (last sentence), but my fingers type “what”…

February 18, 2015 11:53 am

Reminds me of the end of the movie “Chinatown”:

Steve Thayer
February 18, 2015 11:56 am

The last paragraph in the article on the harassment complaint should be the first paragraph. She is claiming he has grabbed her body many times and forcibly kissed her, that is sexual harassment, and that is obvious to the reader. All the rest of the article about e-mails and other unwanted written communication should be after the physical harassment is detailed. The baloney claims he makes about his computer accounts being hacked into are almost irrelevant because the physical harassment is not related to computer accounts.

Reply to  Steve Thayer
February 18, 2015 6:35 pm

the computer hacking tends to show that something was going on.

Mac the Knife
February 18, 2015 12:24 pm


Reply to  Mac the Knife
February 18, 2015 12:57 pm

Mac the Knife,
. . . & ennui?
Oui mais… non. This is Clintonesque; so it’s entertainment.

Mac the Knife
Reply to  John Whitman
February 18, 2015 4:41 pm

Then you will enjoy this as well:
Patchouli is a creep. So is Bin Biden. We already know that. There are all kinds of creepy men and women in politics, as reported daily in the tabloid press which they do well.
Finding tabloid jourinalism on this blog – WUWT? Meh…..

Reply to  John Whitman
February 18, 2015 6:49 pm

Mac the Knife on February 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Mac the Knife,
Yeah, I can understand that the science focused high road is primarily desired at WUWT, but I can also understand that clowns are a natural cause of laughter. And, if a clown acts out while in the avant guard of the climate change corps . . . . then LMAO : )
NOTE: at the same time any victim of any harassment hopefully is being given all due consideration.
Take care.

February 18, 2015 1:46 pm

Whereas Bolin and Watson were powerful chairmen of the IPCC, Pachauri’s incompetence has long ago reduced him to a largely irrelevant figurehead. He was on the way out anyway. Still, he is the public face of the IPCC and therefore his gaffes, the whiff of financial improprieties and now personal ones too can only further degrade the public image of climate research.
Depending on your position in the climate debate, Pachauri is the gift that keeps on giving — or with friends like Pachauri, who needs enemies.
As to the current allegations, insiders will wonder what took them so long.

Reply to  Richard Tol (@RichardTol)
February 18, 2015 3:07 pm

Richard Tol (@RichardTol) on February 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

If the allegation resonates by additional reports from other women in other countries then this will go super viral. Then it could not be suppressed by the local legal system in India.

Reply to  Richard Tol (@RichardTol)
February 18, 2015 3:47 pm
Can’t say it adds anything other than comic irony. At any rate as others are pointing out had it been a sceptic the warmists would be all over this.

February 18, 2015 2:01 pm

Clinton ran the country well.
Well, Clinton ran the country.
Nice guy Bill, I personally like him, despite his politics.
Pauchari, nary a clue. Hate his politics.
Fair enough to put the article up, I guess, it is in the press.
I would close debate on it here.
It is not a Climate story but it will run well in the press. Guaranteed..
Enough commentators will make snide comments in the months to come without having 500 free hits here on the man.
Tamino did a set of similar blogs on his site awhile ago.
Why I will not organize a #YesAllWomen rally I’m not going to. Because my wife asked me not to.
Posted on June 2, 2014 . He stopped posting for 4 months.
Do you want to fall into the same moral vacuum.
Message across. Close story.
Or listen to the tripe for 3 more days..

Mark Nutley
February 18, 2015 2:03 pm

[trimmed, off topic.] How shite is this guys writing?

February 18, 2015 2:03 pm

Hey, we are all being harassed by this jerk.

February 18, 2015 2:27 pm

Not interested in mud slinging and gossip mongering about private lives. Stick to science please.

February 18, 2015 2:36 pm

The Indian legal system really does not work [too] well for those that wish to take on powerful men , and its local power that matters , so even if true I would not hold my breath for its legal system that can kick a can a very long indeed in the future , years even decades are not usual time spans for court cases. Meanwhile the lady herself gain little out of this process while she could lose quite a bit , so its being quietly dropped is most likley . But the ‘hacking’ claim stinks to hell , but form an head of organisation where BS and self-preservation is the number one objective , it is to be expected .

February 18, 2015 2:52 pm

Numerous peer reviewed studies report aberrant behavior attributable to climate change. Poor Rajenda, undoubtedly his behavior has been caused by climate change.

Bill Illis
February 18, 2015 3:48 pm

I think it will be interesting to see if the pro-global warming supporters now close ranks and continue to support Pachauri. Nobody ever gets thrown under the bus in this movement if they continue to believe.

TImo Soren
February 18, 2015 4:41 pm

Wow, the hacker hacked his desktop computer, his mobile phone, got access to all his mobile device ids, emails and WhatsApp and all his communications devices. I say wow, seems like a lot of things for a hacker to go after. Wonder if he also, copied his car keys, pin numbers and passport.

Reply to  TImo Soren
February 18, 2015 5:14 pm

maybe they even copied his words?

Mac the Knife
February 18, 2015 4:50 pm

We should be talking about this:
Great Lakes Ice Coverage Tops 80 Percent in Consecutive Years For First Time Since 1970s
Ice coverage on the Great Lakes reached 82.3 percent on Feb. 17, marking the second winter in a row that ice coverage has exceeded 80 percent. Of course, last year the Great Lakes went on to record their second highest total ice coverage in records dating to 1973.

February 18, 2015 5:54 pm

Without knowing the Indian legal system, it’s impossible to say whether the injunction was nefarious or not. It may be that such charges are heard by jury and the take down order comes so that jury selection is not prejudiced.
As much as I might dislike the guy I have to assume innocence. As others have pointed out, we can’t dump principles because they are inconvenient at times. I notice that some have compared it to the Null Hypothesis in science. Interesting that both law and science share a similar fundamental concept when both are also pretty unique in the planets history. Makes you wonder if there was a philosophical connection in the formative period.
I give the computer hacking excuse only a 4. While possible it lacks originality and imagination. Compare it to the far superior story from former Australian politician Craig Thompson, that his house was broken into twice. Once to steal his credit card and use it to pay for prostitutes and the second time to return the card to his wallet. (The dastardly thieves apparently did this three times, making 6 break ins in all.)

M Courtney
Reply to  JohnB
February 19, 2015 2:01 am

It may be that such charges are heard by jury and the take down order comes so that jury selection is not prejudiced.

That is certainly what happens under English law and Scottish law.
So I would expect it to be the case under Indian Law too.

barry b
February 18, 2015 6:20 pm

Pamela Gray
February 18, 2015 6:47 pm

Icky Icky Icky

Claude Harvey
February 18, 2015 8:50 pm

What does “inappropriate touching” mean anyway. Did he grab her by the shoulders from behind and whisper in her ear? “Smokin’ Joe” Biden did that, right out there in front of God and everybody according to recent news stories.

February 18, 2015 10:31 pm

Guess what? Everyone wants to rule the world, kill all the men, and pollenate all the pretty girls. The next question is how do you govern this. The next question has never been answered.

Reply to  gymnosperm
February 18, 2015 10:40 pm

gymnosperm, dbstealey, janice moore

Guess what? Everyone wants to rule the world, kill all the men, and pollenate all the pretty girls. The next question is how do you govern this. The next question has never been answered.

It is answered by the simple reply “Moral behavior by men, not men acting as animals.”
But then again, that is why today’s liberals refuse to allow moral behavior, condemn it when they find it, and are encouraging in every domain immoral and adolescent and animalistic behavior.
Because, in truth, behaving like animals is easier, more fun, and offers faster rewards.

Reply to  RACookPE1978
February 19, 2015 12:11 am

… and happens far less often than the media lets you believe. There is an enormous discrepancy between reality and propaganda. Based on the same lie by Mary Koss many years ago based on “because I say so” reference (1 in 8 women raped) the latest is that we have even more horrific lie of 1 in 3 in Croatian propaganda (because no reference at all), and it catches on. By virtue of Woozle effect soon every women should be raped at least once in her life. So if you are a woman, and you are not raped yet – there must be something wrong with you, right?
The vast majority of men do not do such things, and instead are very protective on women. It boils down to maybe 1% or less that do all such crimes. But pumping the numbers only normalises the lie and makes lives to the 1% of rotten apples much easier. It is very much like diluting the responsibility to everyone so that the real troublemakers may roam free, raping here and there, while everyone else is responsible for actions of the few.
Cry wolf if you may…

February 19, 2015 2:51 am

It was just on the Huffington Post of India but was pulled unfortunately did not save. Obviously Google is attempting to kill this story urgently. The damage to the AGW would be enormous ie Obama could not meet head of IPCC leader Nobel ect. Me thinks AW should have keep this as top posting.

February 19, 2015 5:10 am

There’s no chance of this ballooning into another Strauss-Kahn affair, with more women being emboldened to come forward and make complaints against him, since Pachauri’s reputation with regard to how he treats ladies of the opposite sex is quite legendary in climate circles. It really is.

Pamela Gray
Reply to  Pointman
February 19, 2015 6:02 am

Loved your article. Until now I was capable of nothing but gagging in response to any thought of this slimy greasy character engaging in awkward unwanted advances. You have brought me back to reasoned discourse.

February 19, 2015 6:59 am

Again, no mention of the IPCC

February 19, 2015 7:14 am

“Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi did not respond to phone calls. The complaint was lodged on February 13 and was first reported by The Economic Times in its February 18 edition. The story was withdrawn from the website of this paper on Wednesday morning, after the Hon-‘ble Delhi High Court issued an injunction late on Tuesday night after the edition went to press.”

Owen in GA
February 19, 2015 7:17 am

Wow, he even used the Anthony Weiner defense of “someone hacked my phone!” That is a hilarious. Of course maybe he did get hacked…that’s what happens when all your passwords are “redistribute”.

February 19, 2015 8:23 am

Did Huff Post cover it? Don’t think so. Can they say they did? Yes, with an unlinked special ed.:

Jameel Ahmad Khan
February 19, 2015 12:37 pm
February 19, 2015 12:38 pm

Very interesting. These phone and computer apps are apparently getting very good. Now they can evidently grab people in person, hug them, write notes long hand, forcibly kiss … and all while looking like the person in question. Fabulous.
Michael Jankowski, I concur…

George Devries Klein, PhD, PG, FGSA
February 19, 2015 3:13 pm

Looks like the man who encourages “futzing” of data and models got caught in the act!
BTW, Dr. “P” was supposed to address a climate event at Yale University this past week but the event was cancelled because of the large snowfalls in the area.

Reply to  George Devries Klein, PhD, PG, FGSA
February 19, 2015 3:39 pm

Was St Gore supposed to be there too?

Reply to  dp
February 19, 2015 6:06 pm
Reply to  dp
February 20, 2015 7:48 am

Instead of “404” the story now reads …
The RK Pachauri story has been removed following an injunction from the honourable Delhi high court.

February 20, 2015 5:10 am
February 20, 2015 5:13 am

If the innocent until proved guilty could be applied to CO2 as well , I,d be happy to go along with that .

February 21, 2015 11:43 am

From a legal perspective, i.e. harassment by an employer, this is the email I’ve seen which is the most damaging.
Email on Nov 14, 2013:
“Dearest meri jaan, you came to me at the loss of your earlier job as a measure of desperation. In the context of your injury, what faith have you shown in me? You have been going to the gym against my explicit advise. Even you must know that even if I don’t marry you, I am yours for life.”
1. I gave you a job and now you won’t f#$% me?
2. Attempting to control her personal life.
Although I’m sure the physical molestation was at least equivalent, just harder to use in court.

February 21, 2015 5:44 pm

This story has not gone away. The Daily Mail published an article today.

February 21, 2015 11:05 pm

Well no wonder they withdrew it, reminds me of the Vivienne Louise Dye saga when she released information that she was bringing charges against two executives for sexual harassment, assault, sexual prejudice, etc. One of the chief executives took one paper to [task] because it was not only untrue but it was pre-judicial. Two nationals admitted they were wrong and offered apologies, but Rupert Murdoch’s lot believed her. They realised their mistake and withdrew and the plaintiff whose career in banking was ruined for the time, was paid heaps. The real trial went on for ages, and she had be found more than wanting and even her mother lied for her and was found out. Then she went too appeal, and another when that was rejected. I knew her and told her this was the paper’s fault. Anyway, after millions of dollars she was proven wrong,had lied, and over 6 million $$s damages awarded against her. So at this stage the paper editor’s were correct in withdrawing the article.
Mud sticks though.

February 23, 2015 6:40 pm

Another update at Donna Laframboise’s blog – excerpt:

Meanwhile, a story in the Calcutta-based Telegraph suggests that Pachauri has long treated female staff members “like little girls” by lifting them off the ground as one might do with toddlers in North America. Based on the above two women’s accounts, plus “interviews with two long-term [TERI] employees,” the article implies that physical contact and sexual innuendo have long been part of Pachauri’s modus operandi.
Vrinda Grover, a New Delhi-based lawyer who specializes in women’s issues, told The Telegraph that others have contacted her with similar tales: “I know of at least three such cases, and the pattern is the same in every case.”

February 24, 2015 3:43 am

Seems He’s finally waved the little white flag……… He’s resigned………
Don’t know why but it’s a little anti-climactic (forgive the pun) I personally wanted him to resign over the really poorly presented science and the political advocacy rather than this…. but hey ho… I guess I’ll take what I can get

February 24, 2015 5:20 am says
The head of the United Nations climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations.
A spokesman for Mr Pachauri told the IPCC that he had resigned from his position with immediate effect.
Indian police are investigating a complaint from a 29-year-old woman working in Mr Pachauri’s office in Delhi.
Mr Pachauri has denied the allegations.
Lawyers for the woman say the harassment included unwanted emails as well as text and phone messages.
On Monday, the 74-year-old had pulled out of a high-level IPCC meeting in Kenya because of “issues demanding his attention in India”, as an IPCC spokesman put it.
The IPCC has since confirmed that the meeting will instead be chaired by its vice-president Ismail El Gizouli.
Mr Pachauri had chaired the IPCC since 2002. In 2007 he collected the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organisation for its work in the scientific assessment of the risks and causes of climate change.

February 25, 2015 11:00 pm

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March 3, 2015 3:49 am

Anybody notice that the anagram of Almora is Amoral?? How fitting

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