Climategate turns criminal

Well technically it isn’t climategate it is glaciergate. Personally I feel using ‘gate’ for every scandal has gotten beyond silly. But regardless, to bring you up to speed if you’ve been distracted by the MA special election, an IPCC claim that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 has been found to be completely false. What seemed to be most embarrassing for the IPCC is that the ‘scientific’ analysis was so obviously false it should have been rejected outright.

Now it appears that the chair of the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, may be criminally accountable. (Hat tip: Instapundit.)

The latest disclosure: Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s (formerly) prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (known as the IPCC), may have raised millions of dollars for his New Delhi institute on the basis of the totally bogus ‘glaciergate’ claim by the IPCC that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035.

According the the London Times, Pachauri’s institute got money from the European Union and the US-based Carnegie Corporation to investigate a prediction that never had any scientific backing whatever, and one which all serious glacier scientists instantly recognized as impossible. The bogus claim was frequently repeated in the fundraising efforts — and reiterated as recently as January 15 when the IPCC was already under intense pressure to admit it had blundered.

This is now more than an example of eye-popping incompetence and gross neglect of elementary scientific standards by a body on whose authority the world is expected to make multi-trillion dollar decisions affecting every business and every person on the planet.

It is now, potentially, a criminal issue. If Pachauri knew the claim was bogus and allowed these grant applications to go forward, he could find himself facing criminal charges.If Pachauri can be found criminally accountable from profiting from global warming claims that he knew to be false, wouldn’t the same apply to carbon-billionaire Al Gore?

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