Not too long ago, one of our critics faulted me for not fact-checking a line in a recent post.* I had said something appeared to be true because the only confirmation I had (of this point) was a response to a friend’s facebook posting. Given that man’s criticism, I am relieved I have never blogged about Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a man “considered the top climate scientist in the world“.
You see, I had always considered Dr. Pachauri, who (as head of the IPCC) shares a Nobel Prize with Al Gore, for “their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change“, was a trained climate scientist, with an education and background in geology or meteorology, or some science closely related to the study of the earth and its atmosphere. Had I, based on his prominence in the promotion of the notion of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), called him a climatologist, I would have been wrong. And my left-wing critics would have surely excoriated me for the misrepresentation.
You see, Dr Pachauri “often presented as a scientist (he was even once described by the BBC as ‘the world’s top climate scientist’)” is, in actuality, “a former railway engineer with a PhD in economics”. He “has no qualifications in climate science at all.” Not just that, he stands to benefit financially from the various schemes recommended by the IPCC.
No wonder Ed Morrissey describes Pachauri as “the perfect pick to lead the effort” to promote “AGW hysteria”:
It’s all about economics, not the climate or science at all. It’s an excuse to impose a massive transfer of wealth from developed nations to Third World dictatorships, and people like Pachauri have positioned themselves to get rich on the transactions.
He does have a lot in common with Al Gore.
FROM THE COMMENTS: My pal Sonicfrog gives me some gentle (I hope) ribbing:
Man, you are so behind the times. I gave the good Dr some bloogy love way back in Nov of last year. One of the best things about Climategate is that people are starting to pay attention to things we’ve been pointing out for years.
*The delicious irony is that the line in question benefited my critic’s argument. And was later be verified by a reader.