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The journalist and the IPCC

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About the worst thing that can happen to science is for politics to control it. And that seems to be happening in the field of climate science, with the political culprit being the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

One enterprising journalist investigating this sad affair is Donna Laframboise. After her definitive 2011 expose on the IPCC, aptly called "The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert," Laframboise has penned another gutsy critique, "Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report and the Nobel Peace Prize."

Her new book -- largely a collection of essays from Laframboise's blog, nofrakkingconsensus.com -- is folksy in its style and compelling in its content.

"Into the Dustbin" draws not only from statements in historic editions of the IPCC "climate bible" itself, but from direct quotes from the IPCC chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, and other "Nobel laureate" personalities.

Regarding the noble identification of such personalities, Laframboise notes that, because of the excessive and improper use of the Nobel laureate designation, a year ago the IPCC issued a statement about the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The statement clarified that the honor “was awarded to the IPCC as an organization, and not to any individual associated with the IPCC. Thus it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on the IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner.”

Yet, as recently as this past April, Laframboise observes that the accolade continued to be bestowed, even on minor individual authors of the IPCC climate bible.

Public relations firms like Hoggan & Associates that apparently specialize in disseminating anti-science and technology rhetoric, seem to be keeping the ruse alive by applying the term in press releases to one of their “Nobel laureate” clients.

Throughout "Into the Dustbin," Laframboise documents the self-aggrandizing, political nature of the IPCC, led by its zealous chairman, Pachauri.

Claims such as “the IPCC studies only peer-review science,” “20-30 percent of plant and animal species [are] at risk of extinction,” and global warming will continue to cause “more outbreaks of intense hurricane activity,” confidently asserted by Pachauri and other IPCC-science promoters, are deftly debunked by Laframboise.

Laframboise disputes these claims, noting that a “citizen’s audit” of the 2007 climate report’s 18,531 references discovered that “a full 30 percent (5,587) weren’t peer-reviewed.”

The “20-30 percent extinction” value is preposterous, as indicated in genuine peer-reviewed literature. And, the assertion that increased global temperatures will enhance hurricane intensity is outside of contemporary scientific understanding.

Besides, recent history has shown the fallacy of increased hurricane activity with some of the lowest amounts and intensities of tropical storms on record.

Sadly, the final word, and often the only word, on climate change begins and ends with the IPCC report. President Obama, Democratic senators and representatives, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials, and so many others in government simply quote the IPCC to justify their power trips.

This is why the revelations provided in "Into the Dustbin" are so urgently needed to be widely read. The book demonstrates the kind of clear, critical, independent thinking so essential for journalists and concerned citizens today.

The world is subjected to so much misinformation from politicians vying for control of the hoi polloi. And, the politically-driven global-warming “crisis” is just one of the convenient highways statists are speeding down to reach utopia for themselves and their entourage.

Hopefully, Laframboise’s admirable efforts with "Into the Dustbin" and "The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert" will be more road blocks than just speed bumps to our arrogant betters in the driver’s seat of the climate-catastrophe bandwagon.

Perhaps her literary efforts can even help steer the socialist elites down the off-ramp and into the dust bin of history.

Anthony J. Sadar, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, is author of "In Global Warming We Trust: A Heretic's Guide to Climate Science" (Telescope Books, 2012).
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