In the Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Duffy chronicles the remarkable, fear-mongering dishonesty of R. K. Pachauri while speaking at the University of New South Wales. This morning was the first I’d heard of it (thanks to Tom Nelson, whose version is below).
The truth eventually has out, of course.
Pachauri shared the stage with Al Gore as the latter and Pachauri’s IPCC received the Nobel Prize. The red hot lies in Al Gore’s movie have been revealed, but that hasn’t stopped the movie from being shown in thousands of schools – and Gore and Pachauri continue to oversell their case on climate change in an effort to push young, impressionable, and uncritical minds to accept — to believe in — their agenda.
Meanwhile, those who point out the lies and distortions are attacked by the Gores, Pachauris, and Hansens of the world as the liars and deniers. Repressive tolerance, yes — but they’re doing it for the children.
Last month I witnessed something shocking. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was giving a talk at the University of NSW. The talk was accompanied by a slide presentation, and the most important graph showed average global temperatures. For the past decade it represented temperatures climbing sharply.
As this was shown on the screen, Pachauri told his large audience: “We’re at a stage where warming is taking place at a much faster rate [than before]“.
Now, this is completely wrong. For most of the past seven years, those temperatures have actually been on a plateau. For the past year, there’s been a sharp cooling. These are facts, not opinion: the major sources of these figures, such as the Hadley Centre in Britain, agree on what has happened, and you can check for yourself by going to their websites. Sure, interpretations of the significance of this halt in global warming vary greatly, but the facts are clear.
So it’s disturbing that Rajendra Pachauri’s presentation was so erroneous, and would have misled everyone in the audience unaware of the real situation. This was particularly so because he was giving the talk on the occasion of receiving an honorary science degree from the university.
Later that night, on ABC TV’s Lateline program, Pachauri claimed that those who disagree with his own views on global warming are “flat-earthers” who deny “the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence”. But what evidence could be more important than the temperature record, which Pachauri himself had fudged only a few hours earlier?
In his talk, Pachauri said the number of global warming sceptics is shrinking, a curious claim he was unable to substantiate when questioned about it on Lateline. Still, there’s no doubt a majority of climate scientists agree with the view of the IPCC.