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Follow the Money!

April 8, 2007

Keep in mind that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a political body first and foremost.
Doug Ross has a good round up of key data on them, including their principle driving goal, scamming money.

Recall that the IPCC is “a political body and not a scientific panel.” It has commissioned billions of dollars worth of research by thousands of scientists. In fact, a great many scientific livelihoods rest upon the promotion of the IPCC’s curriculum.

But that’s only the beginning of the story.

The Carbon-Offset Market: “Fraudulent” and “Fictitious”

A set of meetings in March (“The Vienna Energy Efficiency and Climate Meetings” – March 19-22, 2007) offers another clue. Much of the discussion related to the growth of the carbon offset market. Panelists represented a variety of companies set to profit from “carbon offseting,” including the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Point Carbon, EDF Trading, Capital Carbon Markets, and Natsource.

Carbon offsets are a currency that supposedly allow organizations and individuals to “make up” (offset) their carbon-dioxide emissions.

What Al Gore and the rest of the IPCC bureaucrats won’t tell you is that wanton profiteering appears to be at the very heart of “carbon offsets.” Put simply, a wide range of respected scientists, environmentalists, researchers, agriculturalists, and activists believe that carbon offsets are a “scam”, “fantasy”, “fiction”, “nonsense”, “fraudulent” and worse.

In a 2001 report, a UK-based environmentalist group called The Corner House labeled the carbon-offseting scheme a “fantasy.” And even earlier, in May of 2000, a presentation at the Agrarian Studies 2000 Conference at Yale University denounced the carbon offset market in extremely stark terms:

…This [carbon-offset] market is being put together not so much by states as by a burgeoning international web of technocrats, multilateral agencies, corporate alliances, brokers, lobbyists, consultants, financiers, think tanks, lawyers, forestry companies and non-government organizations…

…the [biological climate-change equivalents, or carbon sequestration credits] commodity to be traded in this new market is fictitious…

In fact, what did IPCC officials do around the time they were finalizing their reports? They formed businesses to take financial advantage of their ‘findings’. Among the IPCC panel members set to benefit from earlier IPCC reports on warming were Richard Tipper, Mark Trexler, Pedro Moura-Costa, Careth Phips, Sandra Brown, and Peter Hill. Tipper, for example, formed a consulting company just months after being appointed to one of the UN’s climate panels.

The World Rainforest Movement investigated these bizarre financial ties and concluded that the IPCC report “must now be shelved due to their clear conflict of interest and a new report instigated which will be free of the taint of intellectual corruption.”

And solar energy portal Ecotopia reports that members of the IPCC “…had vested interests in reaching unrealistically and unjustifiably optimistic conclusions about the possibility of compensating for emissions with trees… [and] should have been automatically disqualified from serving on an intergovernmental panel charged with investigating impartially the feasibility and benefits of such… projects.”

In other words, IPCC members were poised to profit from carbon-profiteering from the very outset of their reporting.

Read the whole thing.