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02-02-2010, 05:41 PM
With the crisis at the IPCC after Climategate, Glaciergate, and the meltdown in Copenhagen, Pachauri is in trouble and needs a new leader. By James Heiser

Glaciergate, Climategate and Osama bin Laden (http://www.jbs.org/jbs-news-feed/5916-glaciergate-climategate-and-osama-bin-laden)

James Heiser | John Birch Society (http://www.jbs.org/)
02 February 2010

Nearly 38 years have passed since five men broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate, but the legacy of the Nixon administration lives on every time some new scandal erupts into the public limelight. The “gate” suffix seems to get attached to every passing scandal and has led to every greater linguistic absurdities. The depth of the stupidity of the trend was already clearly evident with “Monicagate (http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/MONICA/monica.html)” — a scandal that concealed more than it revealed because it distracted citizens from even more egregious scandals which seemed to haunt every corner of the Clinton White House.

And now in recent months we have had “Climategate (http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/world-mainmenu-26/europe-mainmenu-35/2581-skeptics-put-freeze-on-copenhagen)” and “Glaciergate (http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/2825-ipcc-chairman-pachauri-resists-calls-for-resignation)” — scandals of a markedly different sort from Watergate... or Monicagate, for that matter. Watergate, centered on the actual commission of a crime — breaking and entering, for starters. Monicagate allegedly led to a crime — perjury — after beginning as a gross display of immorality in the White House. But “Climategate” and “Glaciergate” are of a markedly different character because although the “gates” are all allegedly unified by efforts to conceal the truth, the environmental deceptions purportedly encompassed by these most recent scandals threaten to reshape the world’s economy and political structure.

The environmental “gates” have erupted as scandals because of allegations that individuals involved in the "science" of climate change either manipulated the data to support their position and/or are profiting from bad science. As the situation continues to unravel for the theory’s advocates, the efforts to deflect responsibility from the alleged data manipulators continues to get more and more bizarre. Most recently, David King — a man who was once the science advisor to the former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair — threw out a bunch of wild speculations (http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/2864-adviser-blames-qclimategateq-revelations-on-espionage) about the Russian government and American lobbyists conspiring with hackers to release the information. Of course, the real issue of “Climategate” is not who allegedly stole the documents — 1,000 emails and 2,000 other documents (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10623508) — but the content of these materials, which many observers believe documents efforts to suppress studies which refute the theory of global warming. And, no doubt to his chagrin, King has now had to admit his theory was just a guess. To point to just one of the corrections found in an article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/01/david-king-climate-emails-speculation) at Guardian.co.uk:

But it emerged that he had been misinformed about key facts. One of his grounds for believing a high-powered team of professionals were behind the leak, he said, was that there had been a wide spread of emails going back decades "between very different people". He told the Independent: "The emails date back to 1996, so someone was collecting the data over many years."

In fact, as UEA confirmed today, all the files and emails were archived on a single backup server on the Norwich campus. Once access was gained, it would have been simple to copy all the material.

Guardian inquiries indicate police investigators have no evidence of foreign intelligence involvement.

So, despite the obvious desire of some to make the whole problem “go away,” facts are indeed stubborn things and they continue to refuse to behave themselves. And the scandal continues to spread as more revelations come to light.

And, thus, we come to the most recent recipient of the Nixonian Era “gate” suffix: “Glaciergate.”

As reported previously (http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/2825-ipcc-chairman-pachauri-resists-calls-for-resignation) for The New American, “Glaciergate” centers on the IPCC claim that the Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035. The melting of the glaciers was supposedly a vital part of the estimates of global flooding which would be caused by global warming. The Copenhagen conference was intended to redistribute massive amounts of money from the industrialized world to the third world to aid their transition to "green" technologies, and also to offset the costs of the devastation which was allegedly going to result from all the flooding from the melting glaciers.

Unfortunately for the theory, the IPCC head, Rajendra Pachauri, has now admitted (http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/UN-Report-Himalayan-Glaciers-Will-Melt-by-Year-2035-was-a-Mistake-82510372.html), in essence, that there was no credible science backing that claim. But that didn’t stop IPCC related entities from applying for large grants (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/25/climate-panel-knowingly-inaccurate-statements-says-insider/?test=latestnews) based on such shaky science.

No one — least of all Rajendra Pachauri — should be too surprised that this latest scandal has people demanding his resignation. After all, after several devastating scandals, and a global summit in Copenhagen which practically ended in a brawl, how could there not be a series of resignations to deflect the damage away from the theory and on to the individuals involved?

But who could replace Pachauri as head of the IPCC?

The first choice might be former Vice President Al Gore: He did share the limelight with Pachauri for the 2007 Nobel prize, and he has written a bunch of books on global warming which the poor are now burning (http://www.jbs.org/jbs-news-feed/5854-the-cia-and-the-new-qcoldq-war) in Great Britain to keep from freezing to death this winter. And Al Gore claimed (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3827/is_199806/ai_n8787466/) that automobiles are “a mortal threat to the security of every nation that is more deadly than that of any military enemy we are ever again likely to confront.” Now if he can only explain how lawn mower engines are melting the glaciers, he should be ‘good to go.’

Another possibility would be actor Danny Glover.

YouTube - Danny Glover on Haiti - Rush Limbaugh Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6fWBy9DEgk)

After all, after “Climategate” and “Glaciergate” revelations, how wild can Glover’s claim seem? Failure in Copenhagen caused the earthquake in Haiti? Well, that’s novel, anyway.

But there’s another possibility to be considered for a new head of the IPCC. He’s a man used to speaking and having the world hang on his every word: Osama bin Laden.

YouTube - Osama bin Laden is a global warming fighter? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrEOz6iKOAQ)

According to The Washington Post: (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/29/AR2010012901463.html)

The al-Qaida leader blamed the United States and other industrialized nations for climate change and said the only way to prevent disaster was to break the American economy, calling on the world to boycott U.S. goods and stop using the dollar.

"The effects of global warming have touched every continent. Drought and deserts are spreading, while from the other floods and hurricanes unseen before the previous decades have now become frequent," bin Laden said in the audiotape, aired on the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera.

The terror leader noted Washington's rejection of the Kyoto Protocol aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and painted the United States as in the thrall of major corporations that he said "are the true criminals against the global climate" and are to blame for the global economic crisis, driving "tens of millions into poverty and unemployment."

Well, there you go. Now ask yourself: How is bin Laden’s rhetoric any more extreme than much of the loopy ranting heard in Copenhagen? And then ask yourself: Will this cause the folks at The Washington Post to rethink the merits of the climate change theory?

Nah, probably not.

Again, according to The Washington Post:

Bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders have mentioned global warming and struck an anti-globalization tone in previous tapes and videos. But the latest was the first message by bin Laden solely dedicated to the topic. It was also nearly entirely empty of the Islamic militant rhetoric that usually fills his declarations.

The change in rhetoric aims to give al-Qaida's message an appeal beyond hardcore Islamic militants, said Evan Kohlmann, of globalterroralert.com, a private, U.S.-based terrorism analysis group.

"It's a bridge issue," Kohlmann said. "They are looking to appeal to people who don't necessarily love al-Qaida but who are angry at the U.S. and the West, to galvanize them against the West" and make them more receptive to "alternative solutions like adopting violence for the cause."

"If you're looking to draw people who are disenchanted or disillusioned, what better issue to use than global warming," he said.

What ought to be a wake up call — but probably won’t be — is that a theory which is already being used by politicians in efforts to rewire the political and economic systems of the entire world is so easily grasped by terrorists as an ideological weapon to attack the West.