IPCC = We’re Cooked

Been there, done that. But now we know better then ever before exactly what is going on.

That’s pretty much the message that came out of Paris during the IPCC press confrence this morning. From the NYT,

The head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, called it a “very impressive document that goes several steps beyond previous research.”

A top U.S. government scientist, Susan Solomon, said “there can be no question that the increase in greenhouse gases are dominated by human activities.”

The 21-page summary of the panel’s findings released Friday represents the most authoritative science on global warming. The panel comprises hundreds of scientists and representatives of 113 governments.

I won’t go into the specific horror scenarios, more warming, more water, less ice. Mexico will probably not be a great place to live. Texas becomes a paradise. Or something.

There was a lot of rather scientist-y talk about more and better models; statistical improvements and several more years of intense study. Not many really cool soundbites because all of these scientists have been bitten in press conferences before.

Indeed Susan Soloman, the US offical on the panel, bent over backwards to underline that she does not want to make policy; she does not want to say whether the information is important for policy makers; she and the IPCC just want people to know that this is the science.

Science or not, it didn’t take long for ExxonMobile and the Empire American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to strike back.

The Guardian is reporting this morning that there is a $10,000 bounty for science sluts to diss the report.

Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.

Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.

I’m sure the hacks are already typing.

But there is one thing that does kind of get my temperature up. It doesn’t look like the report will be available online. According to the press release, the full report will be printed by Oxford Press. No mention when, where or if the full report and not just the summary can be downloaded. That would be a bummer.

But there is no controversy, we’re cooked, drowned or dried.

We just don’t know exactly how fast it will happen.

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