Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
This blog is not about fracking – a procedure used to harvest natural gas. When I started blogging on climate matters back in 2009, I hadn’t yet heard of hydraulic fracking. I began by designing the NOconsensus.org website and later named my blog NoFrakkingConsensus as an expression of exasperation. (At the time, actors in a popular sci-fi TV show uttered the epithets ‘frak’ and ‘frakking’ with feeling and often in place of the F-word.)
While there is a diversity of scientific and philosophical opinion regarding climate change and how best to respond, I was alarmed that this diversity was absent from most media accounts. It’s OK to disagree with someone’s point-of-view. It’s not OK to pretend other perspectives don’t exist.
This blog began as working notes for my 2011 book, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert. What started as a list of reasons to remain calm, cool, and collected in the face of hype and hysteria morphed into a rather different project – an exposé of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
This entity performs one of the most important jobs in the world. It surveys climate research and writes reports about what it all means. Those reports get cited by governments around the world and are the reason trillions are being spent on climate change measures.
The IPCC is an unprofessional, scandal-plagued organization. It is led by people with low standards and impaired judgment. We need to stop taking it seriously.