Monday, January 3, 2011

A Meteorologist Discusses the Numerous Problems with the IPCC

An insightful review of the recently ended climate meeting in South Africa and its impact on the IPCC.

After the U.N. packed up yet another global climate conference earlier this month, the perpetual state of fearful climate science came to mind. The fear this time is based on the current talking points from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that human-induced climate change is manifested in "extreme weather events."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is already exploiting this alarming message in a creative way. The EPA is preparing guidelines on reducing indoor air pollutants because people are expected to spend more time indoors due to the increased amount of severe weather resulting from climate change.
The pushing of this atmospheric angst is like operating a shady business or practicing an earth-first religion. An "authoritative" consortium such as the U.N.'s IPCC identifies an urgent condition (severe weather is caused by anthropogenic global warming), solutions are proposed (altering lifestyles, shuttering coal-fired power plants), services are offered (education, research, consulting, trading-companies for carbon credits), and oversight/enforcement is "required" (national and international bureaucracies).
Everyone seems to be cashing in on the doomsday predictions, from private companies and academic institutions to governments with their expanding power and work force.
Everybody wins ... well, not quite. The big losers are, as usual, the ones stuck paying the bill -- the middle-class taxpayers, plus the world's poor, who manage to get by-passed in massive wealth-transfer schemes. And certainly scientific practice itself ultimately loses.


For an excellent, in-depth example of this, see the just-released IPCC expose by investigative journalist Donna Laframboise titled, "The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert."
Laframboise notes that it is "both peculiar and ironic that an organization that so vigorously claims to represent a worldwide scientific consensus has systematically 'disappeared' so many consensus views held by so many different kinds of researchers."
She discovered that the IPCC "ignores the consensus among hurricane experts that there is no discernible link to global warming. It ignores the consensus among those who study natural disasters that there is no relationship between human greenhouse gas emissions and the rising cost of these disasters.
It ignores the consensus among bona fide malaria experts that global warming has not caused malaria to spread." Laframboise concludes that in each case "the IPCC substitutes its own version of reality." A version that "makes global warming appear more frightening than genuine experts believe the available evidence indicates."
To prop-up this IPCC science-by-committee fear-mongering, those who know nothing about atmospheric science (like politicians, actors and PR spin doctors), but fawn over IPCC proclamations are unleashed to push the human climate change hypothesis, while those who are intimate with the field (like workaday practitioners in climatology and meteorology), but skeptical of IPCC assertions are ridiculed for being "global-warming deniers."
Please read the whole thing.

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