Diary

This seems awfully familiar

Yeah, I have a perverse sense of humor so, yeah, I laughed out loud at the Telegraph headline ‘UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article‘. It seems that the IPCC, in warning us that the Alps, Andes, African mountain chains, and my back yard for all I know, were all losing their ice cover may have made a slight error …

However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them.

The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master’s degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.

You know, you’d think that at some point these clowns would simply steal away in the night and hope their neighbors don’t know what they do for a living, but no. What caught my eye was that

Professor Richard Tol, one of the report’s authors who is based at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland, said: “These are essentially a collection of anecdotes.

“Why did they do this? It is quite astounding. Although there have probably been no policy decisions made on the basis of this, it is illustrative of how sloppy Working Group Two (the panel of experts within the IPCC responsible for drawing up this section of the report) has been.

Why? You’re asking why? What a fatuous question. Because it’s a hoax dude! And furthermore, why did who do it? You? The “panel.” The grad student? Where are you trying to shift the blame now?

Perusing the sidebar links which had titles like “IPCC deputy says scientists are ‘only human'” it struck me that this whole house of cards is now built on the CBS News defense, or the Dan Rather Gambit if you prefer. You’ll recall his fake document expose about George Bush during the ’04 campaign. A group of … I think it was third graders maybe … figured out that his blockbuster docs showing W was AWOL when he was “hiding” from Vietnam in the Air National Guard, were written with MS Word. At the time they were supposed to have been written Bill Gates was still in junior high. Rather, and CBS’s defense was, well, yes, the documents are fake but the facts are right.

Is the IPCC doing anything different?