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Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN IPCC is being called on to resign after a botched climate report which made alarming claims. Mr. Pachauri, who holds no formal climate training, won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and has been a vocal voice blasting climate criticism as "voodoo magic".  (Source: Mikhail Evstafiev)
IPCC's chairman under pressure to step down after embarrassing retraction

The United Nation's International Panel for Climate Change is supposed to be an objective international forum to discuss the possibility of climate change and its causation.  Some say that its reputation as an objective party has been compromised in recent years, by statements from its leadership indicating a clear pro-anthropogenic warming agenda.

At the center of the policy push is the IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri.  Mr. Pachauri has no formal education in climatology, yet was appointed in 2002 to lead arguably the world's most influential climatology panel.  Since, he has stirred up much controversy, suggesting that people internationally give up meat to fight climate change and supervising the publication of alarming climate change predictions.

However, Mr. Pachauri's days as IPCC Chairman may be nearing an end.  Mr. Pachauri has been forced to retract an alarming publication in which he claimed Himalayan Glaciers would melt by 2035.  Many in the general public and research community are calling for his resignation in the retraction's wake.

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, vice chairman of the IPCC, is doing his best to defend his boss's controversial remarks.  He calls them a "human mistake" and comments, "Aren't mistakes human? Even the IPCC is a human institution and I do not know of any human institution that does not make mistakes, so of course it is a regrettable incident that we published that wrong description of the Himalayan glacier."

Mr. Pachauri's publication was made more controversial by his harsh criticism of those who questioned it.  He said that climate skeptics used "voodoo science" and urged the climate research community and international governments to ignore their concerns.

Mr van Ypersele, professor of climatology and environmental sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain defends these remarks.  He states, "I would personally not have used the voodoo science wording. I think humans can sometimes use words that are a bit too strong but it is certainly not a reason to ask for the resignation of a chairman who has done an excellent job. We are trying to do our best, we are going to reinforce the review procedures so the probability in the next report of such incidents happening is even lower. But to guarantee a zero fault product is probably not possible for any human enterprise."

Perhaps the more troublesome topic, however, is the report itself.  The IPCC 2007 report contained both the questionable glacier reference and highly questionable conclusions about global warming creating a bevy of natural disasters.  Before its recent retraction, the report was driving international climate legislation, including pending legislation in the U.S. that is estimate to leave Americans $9.4 trillion USD poorer.

The report was supposedly reviewed by the IPCC's 2,000 members.  Argues Mr. van Ypsersele, "We are trying to do the best job we can in assessing the quality information about climate change issues in all its dimensions and some do not like the conclusions of our work. Now it is true we made a mistake around the glacier issue, it is one mistake on one issue in a 3,000 page report. We are going to reinforce the procedures to try this does not happen again."

He claims the retraction will not impact the publication's credibility and stands behind the report's other controversial claims, including the prediction of natural catastrophe.  He states, "I would like to submit that this could increase the credibility of the IPCC not decrease it. Why is that? Would you trust someone who has admitted an error and is ready to learn from his or her mistake or someone who claims to be unassailable? The IPCC does not claim to be unassailable, when there is a good reason to admit a mistake we do it, but for the rest of IPCC conclusions we stand by it very strongly"

Mr. Pachauri, who holds advanced degrees in industrial engineering and economics, has blasted Westerners for leading an "unsustainable" lifestyle.  Curiously, though, according to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, "[Pachauri] enjoys a lavish personal lifestyle; his Delhi home is in the Golf Links area, the most expensive stretch of residential real estate in India, and he is famous for his '$1,000 suits'."

Al Gore and Mr. Pachauri were joint recipients of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their warming work.

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RE: Why stop?
By reader1 on 1/26/2010 12:06:58 PM , Rating: -1
Luckily, the Chinese are smarter than we are.

I agree. The economy is proof of that. As soon as the Chinese moved toward socialism, their economy boomed. America failed to advance and move toward socialism, and our economy tanked.

Capitalism is holding American technology back. The government needs to push technology forward much faster in order to stay competitive. Stricter emission standards are just a small step.

RE: Why stop?
By porkpie on 1/26/2010 12:18:34 PM , Rating: 2
"As soon as the Chinese moved toward socialism, their economy boomed"

This is a joke, right?

RE: Why stop?
By steven975 on 1/26/2010 12:27:35 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it isn't.

It is very easy to have prosperity for a few (their real system) by subjecting the many.

RE: Why stop?
By porkpie on 1/26/2010 12:29:10 PM , Rating: 5
The cold hard facts are that China's economy was the size of Rhode Islands -- UNTIL they abandoned pure socialism and moved towards the mixed model they employ today.

China's move to capitalism has given them the fastest economic growth in the world.

RE: Why stop?
By steven975 on 1/26/2010 4:40:10 PM , Rating: 2
But I wouldn't call their system capitalism...more of a twist on facism benefitting a few people. I kind of doubt someone who is not a party member has the opportunity to do well there.

RE: Why stop?
By SPOOFE on 1/26/2010 5:00:33 PM , Rating: 2
No, don't call it capitalism, but there have been a number of capitalistic changes from the '70s that have coincided with their impressive economic growth. For instance, one can own private property.

RE: Why stop?
By olafmetal on 1/26/2010 11:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
Every economic system has elements of capitalism and socialism, although in the most oppressive regimes capitalism may only exist in the black market.

Finding the proper equilibrium between personal freedom and innovation found in capitalism and the common good and regulation associated with socialism is the key to a sustainable and successful society.

RE: Why stop?
By SublimeSimplicity on 1/26/2010 12:43:41 PM , Rating: 2
I suspected that reader1's first comment was said tongue-in-cheek, now I'm positive he's pulling your chain.

If he's not, then I've just been owned by my faith in human logic.

RE: Why stop?
By rcc on 1/26/2010 1:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
He's just a board troll, always has been. If you just assume he's trying his best to tweak people and ignore him it all works out for the best. : )

RE: Why stop?
By theapparition on 1/26/2010 2:53:04 PM , Rating: 2
Holy Crap!!!!!!

His post rating is a .03

RE: Why stop?
By kattanna on 1/26/2010 4:19:02 PM , Rating: 5
yep, makes me chuckle every time some one responds to him.

i think it is actually jason mick under an alternate login trolling the boards for extra page loads and ad views.


RE: Why stop?
By myhipsi on 1/27/2010 9:09:53 AM , Rating: 3
Yes, I agree. He's clearly a troll, so please guys, stop feeding him.

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