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Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

The IPCC Chairman’s Fake Second PhD

Rajendra Pachauri holds only one PhD – not two, as his official IPCC bio claims.


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Over at, Marc Morano is calling this a “credential scandal.” That’s a good way of characterizing Tony Thomas’ revelation that the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is, as usual, misleading the public.

Back in 1974, Rajendra Pachauri graduated from North Carolina State University with a PhD – one PhD. But the third paragraph of his official IPCC biography tells a different story. It says he obtained

a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in economics. [bold added, bio backed up here]

Anyone who has completed a doctorate knows it entails a great deal of time, money, and effort. It’s no small matter, therefore, to claim you’ve gone through that wringer twice if, in fact, you have not.

More than a year ago, Thomas – an Australian journalist – contacted the university for clarification. He was advised that Pachauri earned a single PhD “for combined study in industrial engineering and economics.”

Thomas says he

alerted the IPCC about its misleading claim that Pachauri earned two Ph.D’s but the IPCC has, 18 months later, still not got around to correcting it.

Having examined the IPCC closely, I can’t say I’m surprised. Rather than being atypical behaviour, this is par for the course. Neither Pachauri nor the organization he leads can be trusted to deliver the straight goods.

Again and again, we see them rounding up – exaggerating and inflating. Whatever these people value, it isn’t precision or accuracy.



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