Enden på en æra?

Diverse — Drokles on January 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm

For et par dage siden havde den fremragende klima-blog The Resilient Earth en artikel der skød forskningen bag “klimaændringerne” halvt i sænk. Og efter at have gennemgået “teori”, “data” og “klimamodeller” konkluderes der

As we begin the last year of the first decade of the 21thcentury, those who would have us believe that mankind is causing catastrophic global warming are still perched precariously upon the three shaky pillars of climate science. But science changes and moves on, discarding failed theories while seeking new more correct ones. This should be particularly unsettling to those non-scientists who believe they know the truth about global warming but have no idea why. Perversely, their ignorance makes them more, rather than less, certain that they are correct. Witness the protests by NGO know-nothings at Copenhagen. Unfortunately for them, the case for anthropogenic global warming is crumbling like the pillars of an ancient temple.

Politisk spores der også en afmatning. For de der blev skuffede over forhandlingerne i København er der nu endnu mere skuffelse at se frem til ifølge Guardian

The UN has dropped the 31 January deadline by which time all countries were expected to officially state their emission reduction targets or list the actions they planned to take to counter climate change.

Yvo de Boer, UN climate change chief, today changed the original date set at last month’s fractious Copenhagen climate summit, saying that it was now a “soft” deadline, which countries could sign up to when they chose. “I do not expect everyone to meet the deadline. Countries are not being asked if they want to adhere… but to indicate if they want to be associated [with the Copenhagen accord].

“I see the accord as a living document that tracks actions that countries want to take,” he told journalists in Bonn.

“It’s a soft deadline. Countries are not being asked to sign the accord to take on legally binding targets, only to indicate their intention,” he said.

The deadline was intended to be the first test of the “Copenhagen accord”, the weak, three-page document that emerged at the end of the summit, and which fell far short of original expectations.

Det er værd at lægge mærke til at trods den massive dækning af konference i december så er de danske mediers forsider ikke ligefrem ryddet over at der nu ikke længere er en forpligtende deadline til at tiltræde de allerede udvandede mål om hensigter. Mens holdet omkring East Anglias Climate Research Unit allerede har to mand under efterforskning for svindel, nemlig opfinder af Hockeystokgrafen Michael Mann og lederen af CRU Phil Jones så har lederen af IPCC  Rajendra Pachauri også måttet finde sig i stadigt mere nærgående spørgsmåls både omkring, hvilken forskning, der egenlig ligger bag smeltende gletchere i Himalaya og til sine egne og ganske mange økonomiske interesser bl.a. her i Telegraph

Since being elected to the IPCC chairmanship five years earlier, he has been appointed to more than 20 positions, including directorships and advisory roles to major banks and investment firms.

Dr Pachauri insists that the millions of dollars he receives for these posts are all paid to his Delhi-based institute and not to him personally. But during the same period he has also presided over a massive expansion of TERI’s empire.

Mystery surrounds the financial affairs of the group since its annual reports do not include its accounts.

There is, however, one branch of TERI for which we have been able to unearth a certain amount of information, because it is based in Britain and subject to British law, and our investigations pose some questions which Dr Pachauri may not find easy to answer.

TERI Europe is registered as a charity, based in a residential street in Merton, south London. The house’s joint owners are Dr Ritu Kumar, an “environmental economist”, and her husband Nicholas Robins, a substantial donor to the Green Party, who has stood for the party in council elections.

At journalister prøver at gennemskue de økonomiske sammenhænge i Panchauris organisationer har fået ham i brechen med trusler om sagsanlæg, hvilket jo ikke gør historien mindre interessant for journalister, som Guardian også nyder

Yesterday in Abu Dhabi, he described recent criticism from British newspapers as “personal”. At the weekend, an investigation of the finances of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri), a research body run by Pachauri, was published by The Sunday Telegraph, whose reporters alleged Pachauri had a “lavish personal lifestyle” and owned “$1,000 suits”.

Pachauri has previously issued statements saying he has not received “a single penny” from payments by companies to Teri for advice he has provided.

“They can’t attack the science so they attack the chairman,” Pachauri, who chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told me. “But they won’t sink me. I am the unsinkable Molly Brown. In fact, I will float much higher.”

AK ja. Luften går af ballonen i disse tider, men det kommer til at vare lang tid endnu. Her er mange interesser bundet op i en retorik nu uden indhold. Ikke bare de dele af industrien der har sadlet om i de seneste år men så sandelig og det er mere vigtigt det politiske etablissement og medierne. Disse to sidste lever alene af deres troværdighed og det er ikke let at vælte ud og indrømme at man bissede med flokken i svagt tiårigt øjeblik for så med største seriøsitet fortælle folket om de faktiske forhold i jernindustrien som de nu tager sig ud. Al opposition blev jo trumlet ned og revet med, så der nu står en politisk og mediemæssig monolit uden noget alternativ til at sige “hvad sagde vi? og ryk så til side”. Lidt ligesom at optrævle mafiaen i Italien, hvor alle også er syltet så meget ind korruptionen at selv om de kan se at alt skal ændres til det bedste så har de ikke selv nogen interesse i at gøre noget ved det. Og her vil et par domme for videnskabelig uredelighed og korruption hjælpe lidt for pressen er de største ludere, der altid fristes af den næste skandale og så må politikerne ellers bare tilpasse sig efter bedste evne. Men indtil det sker kommer vi til at vente på at de opfinder et sprog der kan lægge afstand til deres deltagelse i dette globale hysteri.

Og Al Gore?

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