Thursday, February 4, 2010

India gets it!

Tonight, SLC is flying the flag of India.  Why?  Because India's government has pulled out of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change because the IPCC has proven unreliable.  (Link to story here.)

The Indian "environment minister" said this . . . 

"There is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism.  I am for climate science.  I think people misused [the] IPCC report, [the] IPCC doesn't do the original research which is one of the weaknesses . . . they just take published literature and then they derive assessments, so we had goof-ups on Amazon forest, glaciers, snow peaks."

That India would pull out of the IPCC is a real blow to its chairman, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, because he's Indian.  

But really now, how can any government really stand behind the IPCC or what it should be called, the IPCL - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Lies - after the truth has been exposed.  (Recent examples here, here, and here.)

With apologies to Kipling . . . Science is science.  And politics is politics.  Never the twain shall meet.


Chris and Jenny said...

I have a subscription to New Scientist, and apparently they are the one's who published glaciologist Sued Hasnain's rather off-the-cuff statement about the glaciers melting. This week they published an article as a sort of retraction, basically noting that the IPCC should have extracted their data from a "peer-reviewed journal" citing that "It is not proper for IPCC to include references from popular magazines or newspapers". I suspect that India's bow it is really an attempt to save face, since one of their top-notch glaciologists was scandalized and impugned. I view this as India's attempt to preserve their scientific cachet, thereby improving their political image of independence and self-confidence. Whether it's East/West, science/politics/religion...Peoples is Peoples.
Ha ha!

Chris and Jenny said...

oops. I should spell/grammar check more often.

*one's = one
*bow = bow out

St. Louis Conservative said...

"Thanks. That helped a lot."