About the IPCC
The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) was created by a group of scientists concerned about flaws in the organization and procedures of another organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), so it is necessary and appropriate that those flaws be presented here.
Though often described by scientists and media as an independent scientific organization, the IPCC is in fact an arm of the United Nations. Dr. Steven J. Allen reminded us of the true nature of the United Nations in a recent article for the Capital Research Center:
“The United Nations [is] a famously corrupt body in which most votes are controlled by kleptocracies and outright dictatorships. Most of the member-states, as they’re called, are rated as either “not free” or “partly free” by Freedom House, and both Communist China and Putinist Russia have veto power. And any settlement of the Global Warming issue by the UN would entail massive transfers of wealth from the citizens of wealthy countries to the politicians and bureaucrats of the poorer countries. Other than that, one supposes, the IPCC is entirely trustworthy on the issue. (Well, aside from the fact that the IPCC’s climate models predicting Global Warming have already failed.)”*
While often said to represent the views of nearly all climate scientists, the IPCC reports actually reflect the views of a small and unrepresentative minority of that community. Here is how we know this is true, and why claims to the contrary don’t hold up under scrutiny.
First, the history and organization of the IPCC virtually guarantee that it expresses only those views that its founders and government members support. It is a political organization, not a scientific body. It was created to advance an agenda: finding a human impact on climate in order to justify giving the UN the power to imposes taxes on businesses in the developed world. Its organization gives politicians and bureaucrats the authority to choose which scientists can participate and what ideas and evidence are allowed to appear in its publications.
Second, the IPCC’s procedures ensure that its reports do not reflect the views of most climate scientists. The Summaries for Policymakers are extensively revised and rewritten after scientists themselves have written and approved the summaries. These summaries systematically exclude expressions of scientific uncertainty that appear in the full reports and exaggerate the possibility of dangerous climate change. Then the full reports, including the latest Fifth Assessment Report, are revised after peer review has been completed to make the full reports conform to the Summaries for Policymakers.
Third, surveys that supposedly show a consensus in favor of the hypothesis of man-made dangerous global warming invariably ask meaningless questions, such as “is climate change real?” that any skeptic would answer “yes” to. See here and here. A close look at the latest “study” used by alarmists to back their claim actually found that barely 1% of published scientific articles support the claim of dangerous man-made global warming.
Fourth, the most detailed and reliable international survey of climate scientists reveals that when asked about climate models, the source of most of the alarmists’ claims and predictions, most scientists say they are too crude and unreliable to be useful for policymaking. For two-thirds of the questions asked, scientific opinion is deeply divided, and in half of those cases, most scientists disagree with positions that are at the foundation of the alarmist case. There is certainly no consensus on the science behind the global warming scare.
Finally, if there were really a “consensus” among scientists about climate change, why are there 78 different climate models that vary widely in their “parameters” (assumptions) and outcomes? Why isn’t there just one? The simple fact is that scientists disagree on basic matters such as how big the human impact on climate is, whether natural forcings and feedbacks partially or completely cancel any likely feedback, and whether man-made global warming rises to the level of being a serious problem.
The skeptics who disagree with the IPCC’s proclamations don’t say humans are not “causing global warming,” because they acknowledge that agriculture, building roads and airports and water treatment plants, and emissions of various kinds (including carbon dioxide) may indeed affect regional climates and may even be enough to have a discernable impact globally. But is it enough to “disrupt the Earth’s climate”? There is no evidence that it is.
Response to the British Parliament’s Request for Critiques of the IPCC 5th Assessment Review
Craig Idso, Robert M. Carter , S. Fred Singer, Willie Soon – December 17, 2013
Non-Governmental (NIPCC) Climate Scientists Critique the UN’s IPCC
S. Fred Singer – November 3, 2013
Scientific Critique of IPCC’s 2013 ‘Summary for Policymakers’
Craig Idso, Robert M. Carter , S. Fred Singer, Willie Soon – October 16, 2013