I hope so. The world should be shocked – shocked and appalled. The media hype for this propaganda is as much an insult to science as is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s history of pretending political snake-oil is science.
I do not think this is the sort of shock IPCC chairman Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri has in mind, though. I think he means shocked as in, “Be afraid. Be very afraid. If we do not implement Kyoto, and more, we are doomed. This is your LAST WARNING:”
That’s actually the good news, because if it is true we must focus on mitigation, not prevention. Achieving the targets Kyoto requires has proven impossible for the signatories, and now we’re told it is probably insufficient to the task. If bankrupting western economies won’t do it, what can they propose next?
If the catastrophe is a done deal, the question is how we cope with it. Instead, we will have renewed calls for implementing Kyoto; the only discernible effect of which would be to destroy the economic strength needed to mitigate the catastrophe. Honest assessment of whether anthropogenic global warming is a threat, and if it is what can be done about it, is not the purpose of the “scientists” working for the IPCC.
Dr. Pachauri has been refreshingly honest about the purpose of the IPCC, and about the utility of Kyoto. In a 2002 interview granted to the BBC he said:
Dr. Pachauri has indeed been “very critical” of the oil industry.
So the Kyoto protocol is “better than nothing” in aiding the IPPC’s goal of providing “compelling evidence for the need for countries to make new commitments to fight global warming.” I.e., The IPCC assumes global warming is both caused by humans and correctable by humans. It further assumes that the Kyoto protocols are an important aid to this mission whether or not the signatories live up to their commitments, or even if Kyoto requires wasting so much treasure as to render us unable to respond to global warming problems if we have to.
Assuming a theory is correct, boycotting contrary ideas and claiming your job is to provide compelling evidence for some policy or other is not science. This latest IPCC report is one of a series of political statements and should be treated as such.
Some other TOC references to the politics of global warming can be found at the following links:
Thursday, April 13, 2006
The heat goes on
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Anthropomorphic leftwing insults
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
In the interest of unfairness, we’ll give the final word to Al Gore:
Emphasis mine. This is Clinton-speak for lying about it.
Enron’s Green-Fingered Successors
Global warming as corporate welfare, why some megacorps like the hockey stick and the UAW does not.
Climate change a ‘questionable truth’
Policy. Politics. Science?