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UN’s Climate Change Panel Loses Credibility

Leading researcher leaves IPCC because of politicization

“Fact of the Day” from the Senate EPW Committee:

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is widely considered by the world’s governments to be the most authoritative source for what we know about global warming. It periodically produces reports on the state of the science of global warming, and is currently working on its Fourth Assessment Report.

FACT: The erosion of the credibility for the IPCC continues. A leading United States hurricane researcher at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Dr. Chris Landsea, recently resigned from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In a letter to his colleagues, he states:

“I am withdrawing because I have come to view the part of the IPCC to which my expertise is relevant as having become politicized. In addition, when I have raised my concerns to the IPCC leadership, their response was simply to dismiss my concerns.”

“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. As the IPCC leadership has seen no wrong in Dr. Trenberth’s actions and have retained him as a Lead Author for the AR4, I have decided to no longer participate in the IPCC AR4.”

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