Greenpeace UK head says Pachauri needs to go

posted at 3:15 pm on February 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Ever since the revelation that the IPCC presented advocacy speculation as “settled science” on Himalayan glaciers and Amazon rainforests, and then hid the errors, AGW skeptics have been demanding the resignation of Rajendra Pachauri, the railroad engineer who runs the UN body.  Now the head of Greenpeace UK has also called for Pachauri’s resignation, making the obvious point that his credibility as a scientist has been too badly damaged:

The head of the UN’s climate change body is under pressure to resign after one of his strongest allies in the environmental movement said his judgment was flawed and called for a new leader to restore confidence in climatic science.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has insisted that he will remain in post for another four years despite having failed to act on a serious error in the body’s 2007 report.

John Sauven, director of Greenpeace UK , said that Dr Pachauri should have acted as soon as he had been informed of the error, even though issuing a correction would have embarrassed the IPCC on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit. …

The IPCC issued a correction and apology on January 20, three days after the error had made global headlines. Mr Sauven said: “Mistakes will always be made but it’s how you handle those mistakes which affects the credibility of the institution. Pachauri should have put his hand up and said ‘we made a mistake’. It’s in these situations that your character and judgment is tested. Do you make the right judgment call? He clearly didn’t.”

The IPCC needed a new chairman who would hold public confidence by introducing more rigorous procedures, Mr Sauven said. “The IPCC needs to regain credibility. Is that going to happen with Pachauri [as chairman]? I don’t think so. We need someone held in high regard who has extremely good judgment and is seen by the global public as someone on their side.["]

In an organization with any kind of accountability, Pachauri would already have received his walking papers.  The UN, however, doesn’t have that kind of accountability.  This is the same organization that allowed billions of dollars to flow into Saddam Hussein’s hands while supposedly enforcing sanctions on his dictatorship in Iraq, while turning a blind eye to the starvation of Iraqis that Oil for Food was supposed to avoid.  Heads didn’t roll after that, nor after UN peacekeepers in over a dozen missions were exposed for sexually exploiting women and children.

Given that track record, it’s difficult to see how anyone expects Pachauri to resign or even be asked to do so.  And that may not be such a bad thing anyway; the longer the UN tolerates his presence, the more it demonstrates its own corruption and the unveiled bias and non-science basis of the anthropogenic global-warming movement.  Even some journalists have begun regretting their adoption of AGW as gospel, as Kam Napier writes in this month’s Honolulu Magazine:

Because of manmade global warming, I warned in 1996, that “sea levels could rise as much as three feet by the year 2100 … warming can lead to hotter and more frequent heat waves … stronger and more frequent hurricanes to Hawai‘i … endanger native plants species [and] coral reefs.” These dire predictions came from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia provide much of the IPCC’s analysis and predictions. In November 2009, hackers released thousands of e-mails from the CRU, going back years, and it is these e-mails that reveal the very unscientific, unethical activities I described above.

I feel I’ve been had.

One thing I could not have known in 1996 was that the IPCC’s warming predictions would be wrong. Mean global surface temperatures have not risen since 1998, and, by some measures, have dropped since 2001. The CRU e-mails show scientists trying to hide this decline, to give one detail—I don’t have room in this column to detail the extent of CRU’s shenanigans, nor could I tell the story as well as others, so please read this “Editor’s Page” online for links (see below).

This doesn’t necessarily mean manmade global warming is disproven. But it does deflate the certainty and moral righteousness of the Al Gores and the IPCCs of the world. At Copenhagen and in Congress, politicians have proposed massive disruptions to our economies and lifestyles in the name of halting global warming. It turns out they’ve been doing so, at least partly, with books that have been cooked more than the planet.

Be sure to read all of Napier’s cri de coeur, but he gets one thing wrong in this statement that his commenters immediately flagged.  It isn’t up to skeptics to disprove AGW.  It’s up to scientists to prove it.  Pointing out that the data has been hidden, destroyed, manipulated, and misrepresented by the so-called scientists running this industry shows that it’s not only not yet proven, but that its advocates apparently knew they couldn’t prove it scientifically.  Otherwise, why bother with the deceit and dishonesty?

AGW advocates have axes to grind, not the least of which is finding excuses for fat research grants and excuses for statist control of energy production and economies around the world.  Copenhagen dissolved into a shakedown racket by developing nations using the guilt of industrialized nations as a means for reparations and redistribution of wealth.  It’s the kind of racket that journalists should be exposing, not participating in it.  Napier’s message should be read by journalists throughout the world.

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Otherwise, why bother with the deceit and dishonesty?

Because it has worked for them for so long.

Monica on February 4, 2010 at 3:22 PM

UNscientific.

the_nile on February 4, 2010 at 3:23 PM

My takeaway: It hurts worse to have fallen for a hoax, than to have been excoriated for not buying the hype.

Vashta.Nerada on February 4, 2010 at 3:23 PM

The UN will ignore calls for his resignation.

d1carter on February 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM

The IPCC needed a new chairman who would hold public confidence by introducing more rigorous procedures, Mr Sauven said. “The IPCC needs to regain credibility.

Keep dreaming bub … your whole scheme is based on lies and deception. “More rigorous procedures” will change nothing.

We really need to get out of the UN and kick them off our soil.

darwin on February 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM

O/T:

Damn, another frikkin Earthquake here! Didn’t feel as strong as the 6.5 a few weeks ago, but WOW, sounded like a train roaring down a tunnel—lasted over 30 seconds too.

An earthquake occurred at 12:20:22 PM (PST) on Thursday, February 4, 2010.
The magnitude ? (not yet determined) event occurred 53 km (33 miles) W of Petrolia, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 15 km ( 9 miles).

I’m thinkin around a 5-5.5 pointer.

Rovin on February 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM

I don’t think the UN is redeemable. Too many petty despots and tin-pot dictators involved sucking cash from western nations. Close the place down and ship the lot of them to Cuba. Perfect place for them.

Extrafishy on February 4, 2010 at 3:27 PM

UNiontastic!

Keep him on. Will provide lovely fodder for 2010 and 2012 elections.

freeus on February 4, 2010 at 3:27 PM

It isn’t up to skeptics to disprove AGW. It’s up to scientists to prove it.

Exactly. I am horrified by the number of journalists and even scientists who still write defensively of AGW along the lines of “even if certain data were flawed there is still every reason to believe that the problem of global warming is serious.” NOT TRUE!

jwolf on February 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM

“Otherwise, why bother with the deceit and dishonesty?”

Ummmmm….

A chance for global social engineering and the redistribution of wealth?

Seven Percent Solution on February 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Rajendra Pachauri is one scary looking dude.

bridgetown on February 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Pointing out that the data has been hidden, destroyed, manipulated, and misrepresented by the so-called scientists running this industry shows that it’s not only not yet proven, but that its advocates apparently knew they couldn’t prove it scientifically.

Fake but accurate.
- Dan Rather

MB4 on February 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Mark Steyn had a marvelous column in November about Pachauri – “Come Fry with Me”. He should have been fired a long time ago.

Buy Danish on February 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I’m thinkin around a 5-5.5 pointer.

Rovin on February 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Global Warming works in mysterious ways.

BottomLine5 on February 4, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Don’t forget this dude made more money off of AGW then manbearpig did….

liquidflorian on February 4, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Greenpeace UK head says Pachauri needs to go

Nahhhh. He always smells like that.

AubieJon on February 4, 2010 at 3:34 PM

The UN will ignore calls for his resignation.

d1carter on February 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Good. The longer he stays on the more internal damage he will do.

strictnein on February 4, 2010 at 3:35 PM

What would be the effect of this Global Warming fraud and coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth. Al Gore and the Global Warming fraudsters and fanatics converted simple changes in the weather into an engine for enslaving mankind to filch wealth and power to themselves. They, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Scientists.
- “Thomas Jefferson”

MB4 on February 4, 2010 at 3:36 PM

AubieJon on February 4, 2010 at 3:34 PM

http://instantrimshot.com/

strictnein on February 4, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Wow, and Greenpeace is known for throwing their very bodies between a doomed whale and a harpoon.

Lily on February 4, 2010 at 3:40 PM

They should replace him with the gecko or the money clip, neither of whom have never lied like this before.

jon1979 on February 4, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Wow, and Greenpeace is known for throwing their very bodies between a doomed whale and a harpoon.

Lily on February 4, 2010 at 3:40 PM

As a result, the entire Eskimo village died during the long, cold winter because they didn’t have the whales’ blubber to eat or use as a heating fuel.

The IPCC Chairman should welcome the opportunity to take a break from the tediousness of lying his ass off about global warming, and concentrate on something else…like lying his ass off about his sexual exploits in his porn novels.

BTW, he’s not very good at either occupation.

BobMbx on February 4, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Give the AGW crowd in the UK credit for at least a modicum of intellectual honesty. Monbiot and the Guardian, and now Greenpeace UK, have at least acknowledged the growing credibility problems. This is more than can be said of any of the zealots on this side of the pond.

entropent on February 4, 2010 at 3:47 PM

O/T:

Damn, another frikkin Earthquake here! Didn’t feel as strong as the 6.5 a few weeks ago, but WOW, sounded like a train roaring down a tunnel—lasted over 30 seconds too.

An earthquake occurred at 12:20:22 PM (PST) on Thursday, February 4, 2010.
The magnitude ? (not yet determined) event occurred 53 km (33 miles) W of Petrolia, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 15 km ( 9 miles).
I’m thinkin around a 5-5.5 pointer.

Rovin on February 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Oh…that’s just Oprah on a foot tour. You can relax.

BobMbx on February 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Mediaite:

NBC cafeteria celebrates black history month with fried chicken special.

tetriskid on February 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Wow! I thought liberals were sympathetic to the African American population? Seems to me, that’s an IN YOUR FACE thing to do. Wow!

As for the UN…it needs to be abolished. It’s lost it’s way, and become nothing but a corrupt entity, trying to rape some, to benefit others, and it’s worn out it’s welcome in the world, in my opinion.

capejasmine on February 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Clap for the Wolfman.

The AGW theme song.

profitsbeard on February 4, 2010 at 3:53 PM

making the obvious point that his credibility as a scientist has been too badly damaged:

So how does one damage the Scientific Credibility of a Railroad Engineer?

barnone on February 4, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Almost daily, I’m reading about another well known journalist or major news publication putting out a piece on this scandal, and finally covering all of the doubts regarding the quality of the data and other issues with global warming.

The wall is crumbling.

MarkTheGreat on February 4, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Greenpeace?
Man, talk about flying swine!

JusDreamin on February 4, 2010 at 3:55 PM

…the longer the UN tolerates his presence, the more it demonstrates its own corruption and the unveiled bias and non-science basis of the anthropogenic global-warming movement.

Long live Rajendra Pachauri !

petefrt on February 4, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Now the head of Greenpeace UK has also called for Pachauri’s resignation, making the obvious point that his credibility as a scientist politician has been too badly damaged:

Tell it like it is!

Johan Klaus on February 4, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I warned in 1996, that “sea levels could rise as much as three feet by the year 2100 …

Sea levels are currently rising at about 2 millimeters per year, which would result in a 180 mm rise by 2100, or about 7.1 inches. Ya think people could build an 8-inch-high seawall in 90 years? It would probably be a lot cheaper than compressing billions of tons of CO2 to store it underground!

I feel I’ve been had.

You and millions of other AGW skeptics whose voices have been stifled by the IPCC and the Lame Stream Media for the last decade. Now, can we PLEASE stop obsessing over soda-pop gas and use all those trillions of dollars we’ll save to solve REAL problems?

Now the head of Greenpeace UK has also called for Pachauri’s resignation, making the obvious point that his credibility as a scientist has been too badly damaged:

When even Greenpeace wants Pachauri to step down, he’s REALLY in trouble! If Greenpeace is worried about scientific credibility, it’s time to kill Cap and Trade and all anti-CO2 treaties once and for all !!!

Steve Z on February 4, 2010 at 4:18 PM

You KNOW you’re a GlobalWarming™ Cultist pariah when Greenpeace throws you under the bus.

BTW, you can join a fun community of conservatives in an open forum at: http://itsaboutfreedom.proboards.com/index.cgi

IronDioPriest on February 4, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Hey Pachauri
Get out of
I Pee Si See
and move to San Fernando already
You’ll be a trrrific replacement for
Ron Jeremy !
We know you just love to $cre* around

macncheez on February 4, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Yet another reason why the U.N. is THE most useless organization ever created by modern man!

They should disband this assclown outfit as quickly as possible!

pilamaye on February 4, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Maybe Pachauri will get the ultimate UN weapon:
a strongly worded letter.

rbj on February 4, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Greenpeace needs to go! And take Pachauri with you!

Christian Conservative on February 4, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I feel I’ve been had

In order to be had, one has to allow themselves to be had. Journalists the world over are at best guilty of gross negligence, as they have merely regurgitated every warmist claim without applying one ounce of skepticism.

This guy needs to take a long look in the mirror and start questioning his own integrity and lack of critical thinking skills.

RadClown on February 4, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I don’t know if it’s online or not, but Harper’s mag, of all places, has a cover story on what a scam the carbon trading is turning out to be, and how poorly the UN runs it. I was sitting on an airplane reading it yesterday, and I really had a hard time keeping myself from cussing out loud while reading it.

juliesa on February 4, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Here’s the Harper’s article:

http://www.harpers.org/archive/2010/02/0082826

Just another UN scam.

juliesa on February 4, 2010 at 5:00 PM

More than just the science is wrong here. It is the culture. AGW believers are hell-bent on turning the West into a shame-based society like imperial Japan and other asian cultures. These cultures encourage individuals to see the group as the big third-person entity or the “Other”. In the West, the Other traditionally has been understood to be some sort of diety/dieties.

The mindless syncretism engaged by these societal fringe elements could quickly turn a morally stable society into one that engages in suicide attacks to defend the “honor” of the Earth.

StubbleSpark on February 4, 2010 at 5:03 PM

The UN admits it needs a better liar.

Kissmygrits on February 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Rove you magnificent b@stard!

NTWR on February 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM

One thing I could not have known in 1996 was that the IPCC’s warming predictions would be wrong. Mean global surface temperatures have not risen since 1998, and, by some measures, have dropped since 2001

Where is the reference for this? The following is from NOAA.

Global Highlights
• Global land and ocean annual surface temperatures through October are the fifth warmest on record, at 0.56 °C (1.01 °F) above the long-term average.
• NOAA scientists project 2009 will be one of the 10 warmest years of the global surface temperature record, and likely finish as the fourth, fifth or sixth warmest year on record.
• The 2000-2009 decade will be the warmest on record, with its average global surface temperature about 0.54 °C (0.96 °F) above the 20th Century average. This will easily surpass the 1990s value of 0.36 °C (0.65 °F).
• Ocean surface temperatures (through October) were the sixth warmest on record, at 0.47 °C (0.85 °F) above the 20th century average.
• Land surface temperatures through October were the fifth warmest on record, at 0.80 °C (1.44 °F) above the 20th century average.

oakland on February 4, 2010 at 7:53 PM

When even Greenpeace wants Pachauri to step down…
Steve Z on February 4, 2010 at 4:18 PM

… it’s time to keep him there, in order to drag the whole kit and kaboodle down with him. Don’t let Pachauri out of his contract! :)

As mentioned on the related Headline thread, the volume of journalist rats fleeing the sinking AGW ship is bound to pick up steam. What do we do with them? Invite them back into our camp, from which they can attack us, or keep them out so they have to squirm, twist in the wind, and own up to their own responsibility in this mess?

Even when he’s been “had” the Napster can’t help lying to his audience — and to himself:

For the researchers, grant dollars … are on the line. For reporters … The Biggest Story Ever Told, an appeal I could not resist. For politicians … power grabs.

So, you admit the scientists were seduced by money, and the politicians by power, but you have absolutely nothing more to gain than a good story? Bullsh-t.

RD on February 5, 2010 at 12:04 AM

What do we do with them? Invite them back into our camp, from which they can attack us as soon as the next Marxist boondoggle disguised as “science” comes along, or keep them out so they have to squirm, twist in the wind, and own up to their own responsibility in this mess?

RD on February 5, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Clarified.

RD on February 5, 2010 at 12:10 AM

A United Nations report wrongly claimed that more than half of the Netherlands is currently below sea level. In fact, just 20 percent of the country consists of polders that are pumped dry, and which are at risk of flooding if global warming causes rising sea levels. Dutch Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer has ordered a thorough investigation into the quality of the climate reports which she uses to base her policies on.
Climate-sceptic MPs were quick to react. Conservative MP Helma Neppérus and Richard de Mos from the right-wing Freedom Party want the minister to explain to parliament how these figures were used to decide on national climate policy. “This may invalidate all claims that the last decades were the hottest ever,” Mr De Mos said.

J_Crater on February 5, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Where is the reference for this? The following is from NOAA.

Global Highlights
• Global land and ocean annual surface temperatures through October are the fifth warmest on record, at 0.56 °C (1.01 °F) above the long-term average.
• NOAA scientists project 2009 will be one of the 10 warmest years of the global surface temperature record, and likely finish as the fourth, fifth or sixth warmest year on record.
• The 2000-2009 decade will be the warmest on record, with its average global surface temperature about 0.54 °C (0.96 °F) above the 20th Century average. This will easily surpass the 1990s value of 0.36 °C (0.65 °F).
• Ocean surface temperatures (through October) were the sixth warmest on record, at 0.47 °C (0.85 °F) above the 20th century average.
• Land surface temperatures through October were the fifth warmest on record, at 0.80 °C (1.44 °F) above the 20th century average.

oakland on February 4, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Look people – a TRUE BELIEVER.

Um, dude? Which part of earth do you inhabit? Even the Southern Hemisphere is having much colder temperatures so far this winter (and it’s NOT winter there). I suppose we’re in the “temporary hiatus” from global warming?

Squiggy on February 5, 2010 at 6:23 AM