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Saturday
Jul132013

IPCC vice-chairman flaunts his bias

The underemployed in the green blogosphere have been kicking up a minor fuss in recent days over the decision of Google to hold a fundraiser for sceptic senator Jim Inhofe. Interestingly, the pressure on Google has now been taken up by none other than IPCC vice chairman Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, who tweeted as follows.

. Are you OK with , your company, funding climate ?

I think this fairly conclusively kills the idea that the IPCC is a body that tries to make an even handed assessment of the global warming question.

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Reader Comments (14)

Google stygmatized by the IPCC ouch.

Jul 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

He has form.......

.... lots of form

Jul 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

Take a look at his twitter stream. He's been 'speaking his mind'.

Jul 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM | Registered Commentershub

What's remarkable is his surprise at the meaning of what he's done...like evidence of political incompetence, a strong reason why the IPCC has never been much good at anything.

Jul 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

Van Ypersele just confirmed his position.

He is one of the contenders to succeed Pachauri.

Jul 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Tol

Hey, I didn't know Google was doing this. What I was very aware of, in 2008, was how popular Ron Paul's visit to the Googleplex was - all the Rep and Dem candidates were invited - because Paul actually bothered to treat the audience as adults and answer their questions in detail. He reportedly earned a lot of kudos for that.

After the election, though, Eric Schmidt seemed to get into bed with Barack Obama and that was that. But since then Larry Page has taken over the company he co-founded, as CEO, with Schmidt a less executive chairman. It would be very interesting to know if intelligent scepticism on CAGW nonsense was evident in other ways.

Jul 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

No news: van Ypersele blocked single handedly a presentation by Fred Singer on September 1 2011 in Brussels

Jul 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterHans Erren

Let's see, van Ypersele is supposed to represent an international unbiased organisation that is supposed to provide evidence to persuade politicians about whatever the reality is of climate change.

But this guy van Ypersele clearly finds this is too hard, or too difficult with some politicians, and so just rather thinks "Nah! lets just help undermine them instead maybe they will go away make my life easier"

Is this sort of behavior in the normal remit of UN organisations?

Jul 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM | Registered CommenterThe Leopard In The Basement

Bish writes re Pachauri's potential successor candidate's revealing twitantics:

I think this fairly conclusively kills the idea that the IPCC is a body that tries to make an even handed assessment of the global warming question.

No surprise, there, Your Grace!

Which reminds me ... Following the public posting from the U.K. and the Netherlands of their respective responses to a heretofore unpublicized "background paper" and invitation for submissions on "The future of the IPCC" ... yesterday, I sat right down and wrote:

An open letter to the IPCC secretariat

As I had mentioned in this letter

Knowing the IPCC’s commitment to openness and transparency, I find it unfortunate that I’ve been unable to locate anything on the IPCC website related to this invitation and background paper, in order to share such details with the readers of my blog.

So I was wondering if you would kindly remedy this apparent oversight by providing the appropriate link(s) and/or copies of the relevant documents [...]

Of course, I've received no acknowledgment, yet (but it is the weekend, after all!) So what are the odds of a responsive reply in a timely fashion vs another chorus from their favourite song: Sounds of Silence?

Jul 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

To paraphrase Will Self, van Ypersele is, rather, the Chairman of Vice.

Jul 14, 2013 at 3:17 AM | Unregistered Commenterchippy

Google is very much on board with Democrats. They wouldn't even let the McCain campaign have use of some technology they had developed and given to the Obama camp. I'm surprised they are hosting a fundraiser for Inhofe. My guess is he is a supporter of net neutrality, which for them is a big moneymaker.

Jul 14, 2013 at 5:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterMikeN

@MikeN
Google hopes to build a datacenter in Oklahoma.

So, in a way, van Ypersele is not just going after the senator but also after the people who voted for him.

Jul 14, 2013 at 6:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Tol

Bias, I always carried a mental image, of the IPCC as some sort of quasi-governmental anthropomorphic warming/green advocacy/ngo department.

Objectivity from the UNIPCC?

Time to get real.

Jul 14, 2013 at 7:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

Yes that's right - it's ok for committed alarmists to get hundreds of billions of dollars forcibly taken from taxpayers, but not ok for skeptics to receive a voluntary donation of a few million (?).

If that is what is needed to win the argument for more taxes and an even Bigger Brother, then that is what must be done.

Jul 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterKatisha

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