London, 1 Feb 2007.
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New IPCC Climate Report Puts Politics Before Science Again
As the planet awaits AR4, the ABD backs House of Lords calls for a re-think of the UN climate change panel and a review of its workings, including an end to political interference by UN Governments.
 
The UN IPCC's climate report 'AR4' is a political advocacy document that tells tax hungry, legislative, mobility restricting governments what they want to hear without explaining the many scientific uncertainties.
 
ABD spokesman Paul Biggs comments:
"The report is already out of date and uses cherry picked science, with more computer modelled alarmism based on short term changes extrapolated into long term trends. Although the IPCC 'working groups' consist of around 2000 climate scientists, the structure of the reports represent the viewpoint of a relatively small number of scientists known as 'lead authors,' along with input from the policymakers themselves. There is normally scientific disagreement in every chapter, and this report will be no different."
In fact a number of scientists are openly bickering over the report, with complaints that it doesn't contain enough alarmism. Media-friendly but inaccurate hyperbole has occurred before. Hurricane expert Dr Chris Landsea has resigned from the IPCC, following a misleading press briefing by his Lead Author, stating,
"I personally cannot in good faith continue to contribute to a process that I view as both being motivated by pre-conceived agendas and being scientifically unsound."
A more objective, Independent Summary for Policymakers (ISPM) of the latest United Nations report on climate change will be released Monday, February 5 in London, by 50 scientists of The Fraser Institute, a well-known Canadian think tank.
 
ABD environment spokesman Ben Adams continues,
"The summary for policymakers is not written by climate scientists but by appointed officials described by climate scientists as a 'curious group' with 'no technical competence'. The media rarely if ever comment on the main reports, which carry statements warning that our climate is chaotic and complex, and that accurate predictions are impossible. The scenarios considered do not lead to predictions but to 'story lines'."
2012 sees the end of the failed Kyoto agreement and the expected onset of a deep minimum in solar activity. The computer modelled hypothesis of carbon dioxide driven climate change will shortly be tested against the alternative solar activity/cosmic ray flux/cloud formation explanation, which already enjoys support from climate data. The significant global cooling expected in the next few decades means we must make energy security a priority over futile King Canute attempts to control the climate with political hot air and yet more taxes.

 

 
 
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