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The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert Paperback – 28 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Donna Laframboise is a former National Post and Toronto Star columnist. During the 1990s she wrote investigative feature articles for Canadian magazines and newspapers. Her first book, The Princess at the Window: A New Gender Morality, was published in 1996 by Penguin Canada. Between 1998 and 2001 Ms. Laframboise was a vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. . . .
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- The IPCC does not rely only on peer reviewed literature as it claims. Laframboise looked at the many references in the more than 3000 pages of the IPCC reports. There were thousands of references to non-peer reviewed literature - even to newspaper and magazine articles, reports from bodies such as the WWF and so on. In some places, over 40% of the references were to so-called "grey literature" (non-peer reviewed reports).
- Deadlines were repeatedly stretched so that references that supported IPCC positions could be included. In some cases these additional references were added months after the chapters of the report were supposed to have finished.
- In many cases relevant literature was ignored, and IPCC chapter authors were able to high-light their own work at the expense of other work.
- The IPCC does not involve thousands of the world's top scientists as it claims. Many of them were young, inexperienced and in some cases not even qualified. It is a shock to find out that some of the lead authors were in their mid-20s, and some had not even started their PhDs. What many of these young people had, though, was a commitment to the cause.
- Part of the cadres has come from organisations like Greenpeace, WWF and other environmental campaign groups. For a body that seeks to be impartial and objective, the IPCC is recruiting people who have an ideological axe to grind.
- The IPCC has never been subjected to serious auditing. It has gotten away with things because the media have looked all the time aside. No matter appalling the behaviour, the IPCC is still treated as the impartial scientific body it pretends to be. In the same way, the scientific journals and academies are also responsible for not asking questions.
- The IPCC is a political body first and foremost. Delegates are often chosen to represent the different UN nations, not for their competence.
This book really is worthwhile reading, particularly for those who still have some illusions about the IPCC.
After previous scares the perpetrators have faded quietly into the background - who now knows who talked up the Western heterosexual AIDS threat or the millions of deaths from BSE? And perhaps that's OK, because the costs were just monetary and not particularly large; the only victim was the public respect for science.
But the AGW scam has killed real people, whose food and land has been taken for biofuels - the most recent estimate is 196,000 a year. To that we can add uncounted deaths from hypothermia in first world nations as a result of increased 'renewable' energy costs. Even in rich Germany, half a million households now sit in the dark. And, whatever happens, the killing will go on long past the scam itself, because, as Booker and North show in 'Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth', the regulatory overshoot can continue for over a decade. So when the smoke clears, millions will be dead, a Rwanda scale catastrophe.
Posterity will have to deal with the moral problem of quantifying blame and deciding what, if any, punishment is appropriate. It will be a very tough problem, since responsibility is diffused across many, and there are many shades of culpability (including 'none'). Perhaps our kids will decide on the South African Truth and Reconciliation approach, or maybe the more robust Rwandan approach, or maybe do nothing. That will be their choice, and this book enables that.
It shows what a corrupted and political institution it really is, that is infested to its rotten core by green activists, with their preconceived ideology, who are more concerned about telling the rest of us what we should do, how we should live and even what we should think, for their own agenda, rather than they are about establishing the scientific truth.
We see how the climate science has been twisted and distorted by manipulation of a fraudulent process, for their own ends, to produce political junk science, while supressing, obstructing and intimidating anyone who dares to question their views and suggest there is actually much more to climate science than just manmade CO2 emissions.
Even if only a fraction of what is revealed is true, it is still truly appalling.
It is organisations like this that give science a bad name it does not deserve and we can understand why, as a result, many people no longer trust science.
If you're not open to skepticism then I wouldn't know what to say other than maybe try to pretend that this book does not exist.