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Glaciergate scientist admits fraud

The details of 'glaciergate' (for reference, see my post last night) keep coming out and they are more than disturbing. In an interview Dr. Murari Lal, the scientist behind the bogus claim that the Himalayan glaciers would be completely melted by 2035, comes clean admits that the statement was an outright fabrication.

The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.

Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Lal, the co-ordinating lead author of the report's chapter on Asia, said: 'It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action.

'It had importance for the region, so we thought we should put it in.'

Emphasis mine. This isn't the first time we've heard of this approach. The former leader of Greenpeace Leipold defended the exaggerated claims of polar ice melt with similar reasoning.
Although he admitted Greenpeace had released inaccurate but alarming information, Leipold defended the organization's practice of "emotionalizing issues" in order to bring the public around to its way of thinking and alter public opinion.
It would seem that some tried to stop the inclusion of the fanciful claim in the report.
Last week, Professor Georg Kaser, a glacier expert from Austria, who was lead author of a different chapter in the IPCC report, said when he became aware of the 2035 claim a few months before the report was published, he wrote to Dr Lal, urging him to withdraw it as patently untrue.

Dr Lal claimed he never received this letter. 'He didn't contact me or any of the other authors of the chapter,' he said.

The damage to the IPCC's reputation, already tarnished by last year's 'Warmergate' leaked email scandal, is likely to be considerable.

The last point there is particularly important. This scandal is completely separate from climategate. Think about the scope of what has been discovered. And then think about how the MSM has failed to cover it much, if at all. Your average American, your average person worldwide is likely still only vaguely aware of either event. Their belief that we are in imminent danger of death and destruction from rising oceans due to catastrophic ice melt is still safe and secure. I can only hope as the evidence mounts the media will have no choice but to report on it and these so-called world leaders will forced to acknowledge it.


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Comments (13)

Only two things that can be... (Below threshold)
justpassingthrough:

Only two things that can be said in his defense:
1. Fake but accurate.
2. It's Bush's fault.

Progressive scientific theo... (Below threshold)
sarahconnor2:

Progressive scientific theory:
He lied but he's really, really sorry and he did it for a good reason.

"...Leipold defended the or... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...Leipold defended the organization's practice of "emotionalizing issues" in order to bring the public around to its way of thinking and alter public opinion."

So to get the public on your side, LIE TO THEM!

Yeah, that will work really well. Perhaps Leipold should ask Barry Obama how that's working out for him.

I sure am glad I'm not one ... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

I sure am glad I'm not one of those people that still believe in anthropogenic global warming. This will be crushing news to them if they ever find out about it.

In fact, the MSM is just being kind by not reporting stories like this. Good people often tell a little white lie to spare someone's feelings, don't they? The MSM is just 100% made up of really, really good people who care enough to keep silent when to tell the truth would cause someone else pain.

/sarc

There is another scientific... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

There is another scientific fraud that is bigger than climategate. It is its virtual sister. Conservatives are afraid to touch it. Start with Peter Duesberg.

Focusing on the glaciers of... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

Focusing on the glaciers of a single mountain range in the world, and failing to see the total picture -- typical conservative stupidity.

From NASA's website ( http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20100121/ ):

2009 was tied for the second warmest year in the modern record, a new NASA analysis of global surface temperature shows. The analysis, conducted by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, also shows that in the Southern Hemisphere, 2009 was the warmest year since modern records began in 1880....

January 2000 to December 2009 was the warmest decade on record. Throughout the last three decades, the GISS surface temperature record shows an upward trend of about 0.2°C (0.36°F) per decade.

Game. Set. Match. You lose, conservatives (again).

I can only hope as the e... (Below threshold)
Speller:

I can only hope as the evidence mounts the media will have no choice but to report on it and these so-called world leaders will forced to acknowledge it.

They are going to quietly let it go.
Don't hold your breath that they'll report the truth and shred what's left of their own credibility.

2009 was tied for the second warmest year in the modern record...

I lived through 2009.
It wasn't that long ago.
What I remember was that it was a year without summer.
I'm over 50 years old and I have never experienced a colder summer in my entire life.

highlander "Focusing ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

highlander "Focusing on the glaciers of a single mountain range in the world, and failing to see the total picture -- typical conservative stupidity."

Shall we discuss your attempt at derailing, or should we call it "diverting attention" from the topic at hand?

I thought not.

Rather than divert attention lets look at what the NCDC says:

Since 1998, according to NCDC's own figures, temperatures in the US have been dropping at a rate of more than 10 degrees F per century."

And leave us not forget the data replication fiasco.

Furthermore what about instructions given by a NASA employee in the recently disclosed NASA emails that said:

Robert, please move to the CU site and hide this after Jim checks it.
Darnell, please send it out to Jim's email list. Jim said if I don't want to, you should do...
What is that they are planning to "hide"? And why would they be "hiding" it in the first place highlander?

The hockey stick is a prove... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

The hockey stick is a proven fraud. If you are so confident, why resort to lies? You lose again, leftists.

The decite and dirty work o... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

The decite and dirty work of the extremists and the evil UN what else will this CLIMATEGATE,GLACERGATE expose besides underhanded green scoundrels

You silly neoCon, conservat... (Below threshold)
Still an Uneducated DUmbass:

You silly neoCon, conservative Sarah Palin-idolators, you will never get me to change my all-knowing and absolute opinions - no matter how many fraudulent foundations you unearth and bring to light! Give it a rest. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated!

Oh yeah, I forgot, and:<br ... (Below threshold)
Still an Uneducated DUmbass:

Oh yeah, I forgot, and:
Game
Set
March! (or something like that)
[sticks out tongue, salutes with both 3rd phalanxes and farts loudly and proudly!]

And how long have we known ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

And how long have we known about the 2035 date? Months? This is why the leftist media has lost credibility. Now that they're finally reporting on this, most think the date "error" was just now discovered. The alternative innertubes media keeps scooping them and they keep dragging their feet.

And Highlander, there can be only one - and you ain't it.




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