November 3, 2011 Print

Report: U.N. Climate Change Panel Lacks Credentials

by Karla Dial

A new book by a Canadian journalist finds that a United Nations panel responsible for shaping the world’s climate policies — and trillions of dollars in government funding — relied extensively on reports from graduate students without experience in their fields of study.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a 21-year-old organization that won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 after issuing a report claiming that human activity is a significant cause of global warming.

Last year, Donna LaFramboise brought together a team of auditors to assess the report. When they found sloppy syntax and factual errors, LaFramboise investigated further. The result is her book, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert.

James Taylor, a senior fellow for environmental policy at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of the monthly newspaper Environment and Climate News, said he was “not at all surprised” by LaFramboise’s findings.

“It’s long been known that IPCC is more of a political organization than a scientific organization. Their lead authors include staffers from Greenpeace and Environmental Defense. In fully one-third of the chapters of its latest report, a staffer from the World Wildlife Fund put the material together,” he noted.

“Basically, they won a Nobel Prize for having good intentions. It’s not an award for their scrupulous scientific protocols.”

Download the free report, Climate Change Reconsidered, challenging global-warming alarmism, from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change.

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