Considerations Informing Climate-Change Policy – Part III

A lie will travel around the world while the truth is pulling on its boots….Mark Twain

Politics is Corrupting Science And Communication

Since the formation of the IPCC, politicians have displaced scientists and environmentalists as leaders of the Global Climate-Warming movement.  Politicians have driven nations to become active in the movement, none more so than the United States. Global Climate Change could not be as powerful as it now is without the foundation established by the administration of Clinton/Gore in 1993.  Almost immediately Vice President Gore gained concurrence of Congress to appropriate money for climate science, climate response, and international aid.  Notably, these are exactly the subjects upon which the IPCC makes periodic Assessments.

Global Climate-Warming debate has been captured by the IPCC.  The Policymaker’s Summary is written and published by the delegates from nearly every U.N nation.  This document is what the media relies upon to publish its facts and conclusions for the general public.  It usually contains only the most catastrophic conclusions from climate change models.  The 1995 IPCC Climate Assessment was approved by the committees of authors and their teams, and afterward turned over to the plenary council of nations whose delegates and non-governmental organizations gathered to review and then append the Policymakers Summary.  The “main document” is approximately 2000 pages. The delegates to the plenary meeting did not like the Assessment’s findings in five different portions of the Science Report.  (Following is a composite of the five statements.):  “No study to date has positively attributed all or part [of the climate change observed] to [man-made] causes”.  The lead author was ordered to change his chapter to conform to the policymaker’s conclusion, which was:  “A discernible human influence on climate was found.”   The lead author made the changes, as he was ordered to do.  Afterwards, he wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal stating: He was a U.S. government employee named Benjamin Santer and he was ordered to change the Science report.  A “U.S. government official” unnamed, was the source of the order.  It was only after the Wall Street Journal published the letter that even the team’s joint-participants knew of the revision to their work.  Nature published a mild rebuke, but otherwise this was effectively quieted without further public notice.

Policymakers Summaries are notorious for exaggerations and distortions such as in 1990 reported sea levels were expected to rise between 11.8 to 39.4 inches by year 2100.  In 2001, the expectation was decreased to 3.5 to 34.6 inches, and further decreased to 7.1 to 23.2 inches.  Al Gore, in the movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” gave estimates of twenty feet by 2100.

“Climategate” was an event resulting from a computer server being hacked at East Anglia University (an English university that has a large collection of research on climate). The hacked emails were published and showed conversations of a group of recipients, including Michael Mann of the United States.  Most showed the scientists did not always exchange collegial conversations.  The most damaging was an item from Michael Mann (the “hockey-stick graph” promoter) to the others.  He reminded everyone to be mindful their most important duty was to hinder any scientists’ non-human-induced global-warming research from peer review.  The group’s intent was to exclude any non-anthropogenic research from publication as a peer-reviewed document.                                                                                             January 20, 2020