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Return to Almora, by Rajendra Pachauri

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  (Source:
Steamy novel is set in the Himalayas, the site of Mr. Pachauri's controversial melting proclamations

Imagine this.  You've been caught at work in an exaggeration that has put your organization's central campaign at jeopardy.  Some are calling for your resignation, but you're currently surviving on your past accolades.  So what do you do?

Well if you're Rajendra Pachauri, the embattled Indian economist who chairs the UN IPCC, you apparently write a raunchy novel.  Pachauri has aired to the public what has been occupying his spare time -- a tome of sexual fantasies and frustrations entitled Return to Almora.  The book chronicles the adventures of a liberated climate expert seeking love in the 1960s.

Obviously, Pachauri has freedom to behave how he sees fit in his personal life.  However, many are critical of the public figure's decision to share his fantasies with the public.

Moreover, they note that the book's titular setting, Almora -- an Indian town in the province of Uttarakhand that's nestled up against the Himalayan Mountains -- is particularly ironic given Pachauri's recent trouble.  Pachauri came under fire several weeks ago when he was forced to retract part of the IPCC's 2007 climate report, a critical document that policy makers worldwide are using to shape pending climate legislation and restrictions.  

Pachauri claimed in the document that the Himalayan glaciers could melt as early as 2035, but that turned out to be pure speculation -- and incorrect, at that.  Scientists who are supportive of warming theory admitted that even in their most pessimistic scenarios, the glacier would last for a hundred or more years.  It appears that Pachauri pulled the figure literally out of thin air, and now it has put him on thin ice.

So, perhaps it was not the wisest decision for Pachauri to set his new novel in the Himalayas.  Or perhaps it's another bold move for a man who once suggested that the world shun meat to fight climate change.  

One would hope, though, that Pachauri at least penned a quality work, that would make his gamble pay off, and the criticism he would surely receive worth it.  Unfortunately, Return to Almara is no praiseworthy litany of lust, says romance novelist Kathy Lette.  Lette, whose own work has sold millions thanks to its refined raunch, comments in a CNN interview, "The sex scenes are so, so terrible.  But in fact he is in charge of climate change so it is just a lot of hot air."

Pachauri's work does at least have major backing, though.  The multi-billionaire boss of India's largest energy company is launching the book with Pachauri.  And Pachauri also has company in the circle of politicians turned romance novelists.  Many famous political figures worldwide have launched raunchy novels in the past, including former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

In an effort to keep this entry clean, we'll offer you a link to Climate Audit's story on the topic, which includes an excerpt of the work.

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RE: People need proof, not preaching.
By Grabo on 2/12/2010 3:01:10 PM , Rating: 0
I think it's because Americans get so ..dedicated, to things. You've had celebrities acting utterly convinced of this and that beyond their area of expertise, and Mr Gore isn't known for his compromises. Hence, it might seem like a religion to you. It never did to me, just as acid rain never did, or the effects of DDT on the eco system (and no, the DDT isn't labelled as bad just because of 'Silent Spring'), or how quicksilver accumulates in the bio matter of lakes.

"Oppression of those who disagree with them" ..that's somehwat ironic, seeing as how things like 'I rev my Humvee every morning until the local birds die and proceed to shoot every cow I see on the way to work' get uprated and things like
"Actually, Arctic sea ice does seem to be decreasing, trendwise : " get rated to -1 in an instant.

RE: People need proof, not preaching.
By porkpie on 2/13/2010 11:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
""Oppression of those who disagree with them" ..that's somehwat ironic"

You're comparing a post getting downrated to the oppression and threats levelled against GW skeptics? Are you joking?

Several GW scientists have actually called for skeptics to be put on TRIAL for disagreeing with them. One even said skeptics should be shot as war criminals. We've had others make serious attempts to remove the credentials from weathermen who fail to buy into the GW hype, a step that would prevent them from working. (interestingly enough, more half of all professional meteorologists disbelieve in AGW).

At least half a dozen skeptical scientists have actually lost their positions due to political pressure against them...the state climatologists of Washington and Virginia among them. Countless others have lost research funding as a result of their views. In fact, to even be ELIGIBLE for government research funding in many EU nations, a research abstract has to at least implicitly accept AGW orthodoxy.

Skeptical scientists regularly receive death threats and other threats of violence against them. Some environmental groups have devoted entire websites and action groups to digging up dirt on any scientist who dares to disbelieve.

You put all this on par with having your post downrated? Have you no shame, sir?

RE: People need proof, not preaching.
By Grabo on 2/15/10, Rating: -1
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