Fashionable dogma. Religious zealotry. We're bigger than that. (This blog is written by Candian journalist Donna Laframboise)
Speculating about what goes on at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is one thing. Reading firsthand accounts is another.
In 2010 232 people completed a questionnaire distributed by a committee investigating the IPCC. In December 2010, those answers were released into the public domain. (After the names of the respondents were removed, the answers were compiled in a 3-megabyte, 678-page PDF available here from the InterAcademy Council website.)
Each questionnaire begins with the individual declaring what roles s/he has played in the IPPC process. In some cases, questionnaire respondents were interested observers of the IPCC process. In others, their involvement was limited to that of expert reviewer.
I have focused my attention on a subset of the answers – the ones that were provided by IPCC insiders. This includes:
In a continuing series of blog posts, I examine what these insiders tell us about the IPCC. Is everyone really a top-notch, world-class expert? Do they all trust the climate models? What do they really think of chairman Rajendra Pachauri?