Climate science, ecological entrepreneurs, the UN and the IPCC

Moving on to the next set of influences on the trajectory of climate science and policy.
* The role of environmental entrepreneurs in the United Nations.
* The partnership between Western governments and the IPPC.
* The governance of the IPCC.

The third post addressed the rise of Big Science and the risk which President Eisenhower identified in the 1950s when he saw the development of a massive military/industrial complex. We now have a climate and environment research and policy complex with international agencies which create much more dangerous forces than Eisenhower had in mind when he wrote that the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. He saw the start of the tech revolution and he saw that more and more research was being done for the government or was directed by it.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technical elite.

Both of those possibilities became real after the governments of the western world and the United Nations embraced environmentalism under the influence of the worldwide green movement. New international forums and agencies proliferated, driven by a new class of political entrepreneurs like Maurice Strong. There is the UN Environment Programme with innumerable sub-branches and agencies. There are the climate-specific agencies. There is a host of other agencies which come to the aid of the party on strategic occasions like the run up to major conferences. And there is the spearhead, the IPPC. And the host of Non Government Organizations which feast at the table of the generous round of consultations and congresses. Check out CAN the Climate Action Network.

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1100 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

All of that activity went ahead regardless of the views of the ordinary voters of the world, indeed independent of the democratic process and far beyond the influence of the most powerful private interest groups. The periodic reports from the IPCC are the major drivers of international concerns, especially the small volume produced for consumption by the media and politicians. It is revealing to find the gap between the alarmism produced for popular consumption and the contents of the collation of scientific papers. One of the papers in the most recent report noted no change in the frequency or severity of cyclonic events over several decades. So much for storm alarmism. Matt Ridley surveyed one of the major collections of papers and concluded that any foreseeable warming would do as much good as harm.

The governance of the IPCC looks like a scandal, as described by Donna Laframboise.
Interesting to note the degree of anonymity of the two delegates from each nation to the IPPC.
The youth, limited qualifications and radical connections of some authors of the scientific papers.
Claims about the use of refereed papers which turn out to be false with one third of the papers in the year surveyed consisting of “grey literature” including press releases and working papers by activist organizations.
Scientists are recruited to supply boiler plate which is fashioned into the final documents by carefully selected functionaries.
Stories of abuse of serious scientists abound.

The final post will treat the contribution of Gordon Tullock to explain how a combination of factors which exists at present can enable a scientific discipline to run down until eventually the point of view becomes a criterion for acceptance for publication.

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7 Responses to Climate science, ecological entrepreneurs, the UN and the IPCC

  1. Herodotus

    Common sense has been blown away by Organised Clime.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    It is revealing to find the gap between the alarmism produced for popular consumption and the contents of the collation of scientific papers.

    Kenneth Richard has a blogpost today which is relevant to this:

    18 New Papers Link High Solar Activity To Medieval And Modern Warmth, Low Solar Activity To Little Ice Age Cooling

    These pretty much kill the CO2 scam stone cold dead, but there is no reporting of them in the MSM or by government science agencies.

    And the reason is confirmed today by a wikileak of another John Podesta email:

    Leaked Clinton campaign memo on ‘climate change’ shows it’s really about politics, not science

  3. cohenite

    Great series Rafe. This issue must be resolved at a political level. The alarmist scientists are beyond corrupt and there is nothing noble about their manipulations. The MSM is brain dead and most pollies are slaves to the media cycle. The cycle must be broken and the political link is the weakest and most susceptible one.

  4. incoherent rambler

    What cohenite and Bruce said.

    Bruce, “CO2 scam™” is an improvement on CAGW scam. Thanks for that.

    Cohenite, the only way to cut through politics and religious fervour is to burn a few witches at the stake. In the modern context, it requires a wealthy individual or company to make a compensation claim for losses caused by perpetuation of the lies and deceit. There are individuals holding publicly funded positions at the BoM who have wrought havoc upon the believers and the non-believers.
    The witches need to be called out.

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    The whole climate scam is part of the u.n.communist globalist plan for unelected one world government .a super e.u. ,run by commisars chosen from the aparat circle . The aim is to destroy nations and ethnic differences to create “citizens ” like the ones in Orwells 1984 . Tgere will be a centsl UN government with regional susidiaries lke the EU to keep close control over the people and keep the aparat in power ,watch the tolerence of islamofascism vanish as it threatens the aparat no e of your religion of peace crap then .they will go straight tp the gulags ,commos are good at gulags ,lots of experience there . Destroy career politics and they are stuffed ,o]its that simple /

  6. Muddy

    make a compensation claim for losses caused by perpetuation of the lies and deceit.

    I’ve asked about that possibility previously on here (but had, and still have, no idea about how it can be achieved in a practical sense). If there is less benefit in doing something, or the potential for personal loss, then (some) people will reconsider (and find another scam, but that’s beside the point).

    An ambitious, no-fear young lawyer wishing to make a name for themselves and willing to risk it all, could do well.

  7. Muddy;

    I’ve asked about that possibility previously on here (but had, and still have, no idea about how it can be achieved in a practical sense). If there is less benefit in doing something, or the potential for personal loss, then (some) people will reconsider (and find another scam, but that’s beside the point).

    I’m wondering if Slugs & Grubs would take it on as a class action?
    The issue would be that there needs to be someone with money to sue.

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