The fine gentleman who wants to run your life

Rajendra K. Pachauri -– the chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change –- veered into self-parody in the Guardian about the East Anglia scandal and the IPCC (HT: Roger Simon):

“The processes in the IPCC are so robust, so inclusive, that even if an author or two has a particular bias it is completely unlikely that bias will find its way into the IPCC report…Every single comment that an expert reviewer provides has to be answered either by acceptance of the comment, or if it is not accepted, the reasons have to be clearly specified. So I think it is a very transparent, a very comprehensive process which insures that even if someone wants to leave out a piece of peer reviewed literature there is virtually no possibility of that happening.”

He also said that people fly on airplanes far too frequently, and he “denounced” the practice of serving ice water to some patrons in restaurants in a different piece in the Guardian:

“Today we have reached the point where consumption and people’s desire to consume has grown out of proportion…The reality is that our lifestyles are unsustainable.”…”We should make sure there is a huge difference between the cost of flying and taking the train,” he said. Despite the fact that there is often little benefit in time and convenience in short-haul flights, he said people were still making the “irrational” choice to fly…Pachauri also denounced the practice in some restaurants of providing iced water to customers who had not ordered it. “It is just an enormous amount of waste that we don’t even think about”…

BTW, Pachauri also wants to regulate how much meat you can consume.

The Punchline, via Mark Steyn: “Dr Rajendra Pachauri flew at least 443,243 miles on IPCC business in this 19 month period. This business included honorary degree ceremonies, a book launch and a Brookings Institute dinner, the latter involving a flight of 3500 miles…So strong is his love for cricket that his colleagues recall the time the Nobel winner took a break during a seminar in New York and flew in to Delhi over the weekend to attend a practice session for a match before flying back. Again, he flew in for a day, just to play that match.” God save us from these creatures!

One Response to “The fine gentleman who wants to run your life”

  1. Maggie's Farm Says:

    Climategate, newest developments…

    I read about a circular firing squad at the IPCC, with calls for the firing of the CPU and even for the disbanding of the entire IPCC (why not the rest of the UN at the same time?). Plus other good details at Climate Depot and also in the Political Cli…

Leave a Reply