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Friday, February 2, 2007

Experts Criticize IPCC Decision to Withhold Global Warming Report

By: Michael Van Winkle

"The policymaker's summary is being carefully edited behind closed doors by politically appointed bureaucrats," warned Joseph Bast ( - 312/377-4000), president of The Heartland Institute. "It is astounding that reporters, aware of this, would nevertheless treat the summary as credible and newsworthy."

The Heartland Institute contends the body of the study will contain many qualifications and point to natural variance, uncertainty in the temperature record, and disputes over future emission scenarios. "But the summary," Bast said, "will generate misleading page-one headlines, while details of the full study, details that will contradict the headlines, will be buried on page 47 six months from now."

"This is not how science should be reported," said Bast.

Jim Brown February 2, 2007
A global warming skeptic says a new United Nations assessment on climate change was not approved by scientists but rather U.N. bureaucrats. The report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change links burning fossil fuels to rising temperatures.

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A spokesman for Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe says a much ballyhooed United Nations report on global warming was not approved by scientists but rather by politically motivated U.N. bureaucrats.

The report released by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says it is "very likely" the burning of fossil fuels by humans is linked to rising temperatures, sea levels, and extreme weather. Marc Morano with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says while the U.N. may claim the summary speaks for 2,500 scientists, it is written by U.N. political delegates.

Morano contends scientists have to alter their work to meet the U.N.'s political agenda as laid out in the summary. He notes that in 2000, French President Jacques Chirac called the Kyoto Protocol the first step to "authentic global governance."

"So the U.N. has that agenda," Morano contends. "[It] wants to be able to tax, regulate, and essentially be an international governing body over the developed world, particularly the United States. This is seen by many as an opportunity to get their hands on United States taxpayer wealth."


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