Non-Quote of the week – what the IPCC didn't say about Pachauri's looming sex scandal

NQOTWAs more allegations come forward from other women, it looks as if the railway engineer turned fake Nobel Laureate is about to have a train wreck far beyond his resignation from the IPCC. Nonplussed, the IPCC goes into bunker mode and treats Patchy’s pants issue as if it didn’t exist at all. Even some veteran climate reporters who have reported on the IPCC in the past are now raising eyebrows:

jonathan_leake IPCC-sex-a-scandal-PRThe press release is here: http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ar5/P41_acting_chair.pdf

Good luck with the Streisand Effect, chumps.

Patchy’s resignation letter is a real hoot: http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ar5/150224_Patchy_letter.pdf

Donna LaFramboise writes of it:

Today, he finally exited the stage. In true Pachauri fashion, his resignation letter is a two-page love letter to himself. You wouldn’t know that recent allegations of sexual assault, stalking, harassment, and uttering threats suggest strongly that he is a longtime sexual predator.

Meanwhile, the world awaits the inevitable mug shot and the perp walk.

 

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94 thoughts on “Non-Quote of the week – what the IPCC didn't say about Pachauri's looming sex scandal

  1. I thought the IPCC was transparent. Even Pachauri’s organisation Terri says something on the issue of a complaint about Pachauri.

    TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)
    Internal Complaints Committee
    The Presiding Officer of the Internal Complaints Committee of TERI, established under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, received a complaint on February 9, 2015 from a female colleague. After due deliberations the Committee met the complainant on February 17, 2015. The Committee then handed over a copy of the complaint to the respondent on the same day. The Committee is proceeding with its work as per laid down procedure and timelines.”
    http://www.teriin.org/

  2. Is anyone surprised? The IPCC has been hidding things and denying truths for decades.
    Like the BBC and Savile, there will be the statements that no one at the IPCC knew about his behaviour.

    • It’s worse than you think. Here is Pachauri talking about how to treat other people. He warns us not to treat our fellow human beings as cattle.

      Guardian – 30 August 2010
      “What is the difference between Lomborg’s view of humanity and Hitler’s? You cannot treat people like cattle. You must respect the diversity of cultures on earth. Lomborg thinks of people like numbers … if you were to accept Lomborg’s way of thinking, then maybe what Hitler did was the right thing.” Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, interview, April 2004

      • I was about to write that some of the comments are a bit too harsh for someone that has yet to face the courts but his own comments suggest that I shouldn’t feel sorry for him.

  3. Pachaur’s lawyer sought anticipatory bail on grounds of his illness and on merits of the case.
    To this, the court inquired about Pachauri’s health and asked his counsel what kind of illness does Pachauri have. Appearing for Pachauri, senior advocate Sidharth Luthra said, “We have submitted all the medical records regarding his illness which include cardiac issues and UTI.”

    “UTI” is Urinary Tract Infection? No mention of dementia. At least he didn’t plead sex addiction and go into celebrity rehab.
    As one commenter observed:

    As his health is so poor , he should resign from all international committees immediately and stop the hectic travel schedule he followed so far! Take full rest either in a nursing home or in custody!

    I am unfamiliar with Indian law, but in general such charges are known as Sexual Harassment of Employee Allegations, and go by the acronym “SHEA”. There are of course different levels or gradations to such allegations, which can be quite numerous and difficult to remember.
    Reportedly Pachauri is negotiating a deal with the court to avoid a trial. It would involve appearing in a public service campaign to warn people about the intricacies of Indian sexual harassment law (among other things reminding them that “harass” is one word rather than two). The campaign is tentatively titled “50 Grades of SHEA”.

      • Jimbo: I think “cardiac issues” is a typo or misprint. What counsel meant to say is the Pachauri has “Cadillac issues” which is a well recognized allergy to anything less than first class accommodations. Fellow sufferers include Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and of course the entire US First Family.

      • It looks like India’s ‘penal code’ is hardening against this sort of thing (no pun intended).

        The Delhi police have booked Pachauri, 74, under charges pertaining to molestation, stalking and sexual harassment (Sections 354, 354A and 354D of the Indian Penal Code).
        India’s Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2012 under Section 354 came into force in 2013.
        Every employer is required to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee at each office or branch with 10 or more employees. Failure can invite punishments.
        http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ipcc-head-rajendra-pachauri-faces-sexual-harassment-charges-filed-by-colleague-1489038

    • Matters could reach a catastrophic boiling point if current trends continue.

      The Hindu – February 23, 2015
      ….However, advocate Prashant Mendiratta, appearing for the complainant, asked the court to put up the matter for hearing tomorrow.
      “IO can respond by tomorrow and the medical record could be verified very easily. The allegations against the accused are very serious in nature which include groping and physical assault on the complainant,” Mr. Mendiratta said. …..

    • UTI: I thought it was Unitary Testicular Indexation – like a certain house-painter in the 30s, he’s only got one b…. Which is probably one more than Mann.

  4. Are, perhaps, the IPCC senior staff, and/or the UN’s executive staff, also complicit in what must be a multi-decade cover up, and discarding or discounting, of complaints from many other women?
    While it appears they were fast and efficient in dealing with this one complaint, it was surely the straw the broke the camel’s back.

  5. I found this quote from his resignation letter interesting.

    For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma.

    So he admits that it is a religion?
    Also does he really mean “all species”? Tapeworms? Viruses?

  6. With better timing he could have paid off all his accusers with carbon tax money and redistribution of wealth proceeds.

  7. I wonder if we’ll be seeing an investigative report in the New York times or Nature magazine examining whether Pachauri “properly disclosed” that he is a sex maniac when he was appointed to the job.
    Come to think of it, UN application forms probably lack that checkbox.

  8. Among other questions to be dealt with by this week’s Session, the Panel will consider the
    recommendations of the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC, and take decisions on the size, structure and composition of the IPCC Bureau and any Task Force Bureau.

    TFB?? Sounds like an enforcement arm of the IPCC. \sarc maybe GK

  9. The fact that this Indian woman is making these allegations against a relatively rich and famous man is quite something. Furthermore he has not accused her of making stuff up. I wonder whether he will claim someone hacked his hands! There is a handwritten note apparently.

  10. Looks like the new boss is even more unqualified than Paruchi, if that’s possible
    http://motls.blogspot.com/2015/02/ismail-el-gizouli-new-ipcc-boss.html
    “This vice-chairman representing Africa is famous for this December 2013 YouTube video hit. It seems to be the only publicly available web page about this Gentleman and when I was embedding it into this blog post, it had 8 views (and 2 of them counted the electronic devices of your humble correspondent). Quite a rock star!
    In this video, he shows how excellent thinker, leader, speaker, and manager he is. “My name is Ismail El Gizouli and I come from Soudan. I joined the Working Group 3 in 2002. And I was elected again in two thousand sevyn. I like the IPC. The IPC is very good. The IPC has won a Nobel prize with Al Gore. It is a good achievement. I want to look to the climate change issue. And to specific issues.””

    • I like the IPC. The IPC is very good.
      True it good for his pay book and you be amazed what you can get away with as an official of the UN , start with never paying a parking ticket fine and work your way upwards.
      UN appointments are often done on the basis of ‘which countries turn is it now ‘ ability has little to do with it .

    • ooooh I was going to go look him up
      thanks for beating me to it
      well , seems hes probably OVERqualified for the job:-)

  11. Good find dccowboy. So the IPCC has declined to be led by a serial groper, but is now led by the representative of a country which permits routine full clitorectomy on its women. You couldn’t make it up.
    I had my doubts about Pachauri’s attitude to women when he published that risible ‘erotic novel’ a few years ago.

  12. Ismail El Gizouli but you can
    “Call me Ismail.”
    No doubt the quest for the great beast will continue as before.

  13. Pointman.
    I like your commentary – very amusing and droll, and with a serious note at the end. However, given the 2nd syllable of your nom du plume, suggesting male gender, I was surprised by your phrase “ladies of the opposite sex”. Can you get ladies of the same sex?

  14. Does anybody else think it is strange that those who hold themselves up in public as having the highest principles are so often those with the lowest, basest morals?

  15. In Pachauri’s letter of resignation from the IPCC he said,
    “. . . For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma.”

    If it looks like a religion, if it smells like a religion, if it feels like a religion, if it quacks like a religion and if it walks its talk like a religion then follow your dharma ‘cause it’s a religion all right.
    John

  16. “Patchy’s pants issue”?
    As they say, where there’s smoke …
    Note to future head of the IPCC – Speaking what the IPCC considers “truth” may require flame proof underwear.

  17. I don’t think the Weiner Defense will fly. He should have used the Clinton Defense: it’s a vast, right wing conspiracy, or the Obama Defense: racism.

  18. As I said elsewhere, as a strong believer in empirical science he was simply doing hands-on research for his next novel.

  19. UTI
    Hmmmmm.
    Who wants to take bets on VD (9 out of 10) or HIV (8 our of 10). Or the Consensus 97/100.
    ha ha

  20. Well, well, I wonder what the next framed award will be that Rajendra will be able to hang above his mantelpiece in his luxury Golf Links home in New Delhi where you need millions of US dollars to buy the cheapest of houses. But will he still be living there next year I wonder?
    According to Wikipedia his present award list includes:
    * India’s Padma Bhushan award.
    * NDTV Global Indian of the Year for the year 2007.
    * Nature News maker of the Year 2007.
    * UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador 2008.
    * The second-highest civilian award in India, the Padma Vibhushan 2008.
    * The ‘Order of the Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Star’ in recognition of his contribution to the enhancement of Japan’s policy towards climate change. He was bestowed with the decoration by Emperor Akihito.
    * Order of the White Rose of Finland from the President of Finland in recognition of his work in promoting international co-operation on climate change and sustainable development.
    * The French ‘Officer of the Legion of Honour’.
    * HEC Paris appointed Professor Honoris Causa 2009.
    * University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne appointed Professor Honoris Causa 2012.
    * The Pico della Mirandola Prize by the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Mirandola 2013.
    Please keep any suggestions dignified and remember these are only allegations.

  21. Although I am no fan of R. K. Pachauri, I also am reluctant to accept moral accusations against any public figure at face value. I would prefer to judge on the merits of the arguments rather than the reputation of the messenger. As they say “what is good for the goose is good for the gander.” Mr. Pachauri’s words and misdeeds during his tenure at the UN speak for themselves.

    • PMHinSC,
      I tend to agree with you. Look at the Cosby accusations. Maybe some are true, maybe not. But I’m skeptical that they’re all true.
      But with Pachauri, there may be a little more to this. Remember when Pachauri’s resignation was demanded a couple of years ago, over some wrongdoing? He dug in his heels and refused to even consider it, saying he would serve out his full term. Eventually the whole thing blew over.
      But now? This accusation has caused him to promptly resign. So there might even be more to it than we’ve read about. Time will tell. Or not…

    • It’s not just the accusation in this case, from what I can see he’s already made himself look guilty just by the ridiculous things he’s saying in public. Not really a bright spark, that one.

  22. “..his illness which include cardiac issues and UTI” (urinary tract infection).
    He’s really taking the piss if he’s using ‘UTI’ as an excuse for alleged “groping and physical assault on the complainant.” He would be better believed if he listed ‘sex addiction’ and ‘fantasising about melting himalayan glaciers’ as his illnesses.

    • You misread the article. His attorney is putting forth UTI along with “cardiac issues” as grounds for anticipatory bail, not as a defense against the accusations.

  23. His resignation from the IPCC is just to give time to set the record straight. So there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, unless that light turns out to be a fast-moving freight train…

    • No doubt about that. It is an absolute certainty that the next head of the IPCC will be a “the oceans are going to boil away by 2100, the models prove it” warmist, what isn’t a certainty, is that he will be as ineffectual and incompetent as Pachauri. There is no guarantee that the next leader will be incapable of organizing a three car parade. As bad as the IPCC is, given competent leadership, it could be truly frightening. There is the distinct possibility that the next head will not be content to just babble about things as he freeloads his way around the planet. The risk of that happening are not zero, but since it is a UN organization, they are fairly low. Hopefully the unlikely does not happen. In the meantime, enjoy the shadenfreude.

  24. he is not a “Nobel Laureate” !!! [ipcc & Al Gore received the award and not ipcc chairman]
    When we informed the minister of Environment & Forests, Government of India on Himalayan Glaciers retreat conclusion in IPCC report is inaccurate, Pachauri told to press “this is voo-doo science” but within months IPCC withdrew this conclusion.
    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

  25. Patchy’s resignation letter is a real hoot:
    After reading it, I am only 97% certain he actually resigned.

  26. I think this is much smoke and mirrors. Pacharuri is FULL of HUGE conflict of interest and FUNDING scandals for the IPCC. These stories and scandals break on a NEAR regular basis to the internet.
    So, why not have Parcharuri step down – LONG overdue.
    However, do you step down because of funding and conflicts of interest and deceit and outright unprofessional behavior in regards to all those years of service to the IPCC?
    Of course not you silly fools!
    You step down because of a sex scandal. It is the oldest magicians trick in the world (misdirection).
    So all of the HUGE scandals in regards to IPCC and his conduct are NOW tossed under the rug. IPCC walks away really unscathed, and Parcharuri does not give a dam – he made millions from this position.
    I remember several years ago how HARD it was to realize that Arnold Schwarzenegger was a complete sell out. As soon as he jumped on the global warming bandwagon – I knew he was a prostitute of a politician and HE DOES know better, but sold out anyway.
    Global warming has made it EASY to show how an AMAZING LARGE group of governments and people are selling us out – without global warming, I could NEVER get people to believe such a vast number of people are pushing their socialist agenda on the public.
    Parcharuri also knows better – this is just a VERY scummy way to step down and not include IPCC in his scandals in regards to his position on the IPCC. This has nothing to do with sex.
    Albert D. Kallal
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada

  27. Shocking, but not surprising. We all knew that the IPCC climate hoax was rotten all the way to the top.

  28. From Pachauri’s “resignation letter:”
    “[AR5] was a blessing and a rare moment of glory for the science community and me when I received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC in 2007.”
    If I were a member of the so-called “science community,” I’d be livid at Pachauri’s lumping himself with the rest of us. And “…when I received the Nobel Peace Prize” is another prize-worthy bit of self-inflation. The sentence should read:
    “[AR5] was a curse upon humanity and a rare moment of shame for the science community and me when I debased the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC in 2007.”

  29. RGB had it right a while back characterizing these guys as the “Golden Horde”. They expect all the trappings of hegemony, including the girls. Sweeping out of the steppes, sweeping out of the third world like viruses. A human plague.
    Not that presidents and kings have ever been pure.

  30. From Pachauri’s letter of resignation:
    “The IPCC needs strong leadership and dedication of time and attention by the Chair in the immediate future, which under the current circumstances I may be unable to provide, as shown by my inability to travel to Nairobi to chair the plenary session of the Panel this week”
    Well that’s it then!
    Because I have some urgent personal problems with the police and the courts in India I am unable to devote enough time to the IPCC, so I shall resign instead! All a bit inconvenient really!

  31. From the Wall Street Journal:
    “A lawyer for Mr. Pachauri said his client “denies all allegations against him.” The lawyer, Shankh Sengupta, said Mr. Pachauri has told investigators that his email and other accounts “were hacked and/or misused,” and that any inappropriate messages the woman believes were from him were in fact sent by someone else”
    OK. It wasn’t me!.
    But then this:
    “Police are investigating the complaint, in which the young woman describes herself as a research associate at TERI and says Mr. Pachauri made “repeated and constant requests to have a romantic and physical relationship.” She told the police: “I told Dr. Pachauri that I was not interested in any such relationship with him on countless occasions, but he refused to give up.”
    The police complaint includes roughly 20 pages of emails, text messages and WhatsApp conversations allegedly between the two. Several of the alleged emails are in the form of poems.”
    That’s an awful lot of hacked communications.

  32. “… treats Patchy’s pants issue as if it didn’t exist at all.”
    The guy is 74 and his targets are in their twenties. I think his pants have less to do with it than his world stage megalomania. He was probably blown away when the young women wouldn’t go for the mighty one’s proposition.

  33. “A lawyer for Mr. Pachauri said his client “denies all allegations against him.”
    So finally the head cheerleader has become a denier… karma!

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