As the United Nations prepares to release its latest report on “climate change,” leaked documents obtained recently by the Associated Press show the Obama administration and other governments are pressuring the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cover up the fact that “global warming” essentially has been stopped for the last 16 years. The explosive revelations, already being described as “ClimateGate II” in the press, come amid a coordinated bid to revive the failing effort to adopt an international carbon regime in the coming years.
According to analysts, the leaked documents confirm once again that the global body’s alarmism about alleged “man-made global warming” is really a political ploy, rather than an issue of “science.” As The New American reported last week, with the ongoing UN climate deception once again re-emerging in the global media, experts and scientists are lashing out at what they see as the corruption of science — a dangerous trend for humanity. The latest revelations only add further weight to the concerns.
Drafts of the upcoming UN IPCC report leaked to sympathetic “journalists” ahead of the official release tried to dance around an inconvenient truth that has been plaguing alarmists in the climate debate for quite some time — for the last decade and a half, the Earth has not been warming. The planetary entity’s supposed “scientists” and computer models had all been frantically warning of “catastrophic” temperature increases as carbon dioxide levels continued to rise. When it did not happen, however, the UN and its allies in the media and national governments were left with egg on their faces, to put it mildly.
Instead of admitting the major blunder or outright deception, the UN doubled down, claiming to now be more confident than ever that human emissions of CO2 were to blame for “climate change” — 95 percent sure, to be precise. UN IPCC “experts,” though, struggled hard to come up with a credible excuse for a lack of warming, leaked draft reports show. Everything from volcanic ash and declining sun activity to natural variability and heat supposedly being trapped somewhere in the deep oceans was implausibly cited to explain away the lack of warming in defiance of all the predictions.
For national governments, though, that was not enough, the leaked documents obtained by the AP revealed. In comments to the UN IPCC, several governments “objected” to how the lack of warming was addressed. German authorities, for example, called for the reference to the global-warming “slowdown,” as the UN puts it, to be deleted from the report entirely. Officials claimed that a timespan of 10 to 15 years was “misleading” because “climate change” is measured over “decades and centuries.”
The Obama administration, meanwhile, which is trying to bypass Congress by lawlessly imposing global-warming decrees on the American people, while waging a witch-hunt on “climate deniers,” also had some comments for the UN. According to the documents obtained by AP, the U.S. government called on the IPCC to include the so-called leading hypothesis — the notion that the lack of warming is linked to the heat supposedly being transferred to the depths of the oceans. Of course, the deeply controversial theory remains unproven by actual observation.
For Obama and his climate agenda, the UN’s dubious upcoming report could prove critical on several fronts. Last week, the EPA, following the president’s demands, announced executive decrees regulating carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants as supposed “pollution.” CO2, of course, is a gas that is exhaled by every human being on the planet and is fundamental to plant life. Man’s emissions of the “pollution,” meanwhile, make up just a fraction of one percent of the greenhouse gases naturally present in the atmosphere. So, it is hardly a surprise that the administration would call on the IPCC to come up with some sort of public explanation.
The Obama administration and political authorities from Germany were hardly alone, though. According to the AP, the Belgian government complained about using the year 1998 because temperatures either remained the same or went lower after that year. Using another year as a starting point could help create a more “upward-pointing curve,” authorities in Belgium said, thereby making it easier for governments to claim that carbon taxes and draconian global regulatory regimes are needed to stave off “climate change.”
Finally, the government of Hungary also expressed concerns that the IPCC report would “provide ammunition for skeptics,” the AP reported without elaborating. In other words, political forces seeking bigger and more centralized government at all levels have been prodding the UN “climate” entity to crank up the alarmism another notch while essentially ignoring or at least downplaying the 800-pound gorilla in the room: the lack of global warming in defiance of climate models and UN predictions. Indeed, more than a few prominent experts, citing the latest data and trends, are even suggesting the Earth may be entering an era of global cooling.
Commenting on the latest developments about political intervention, IPCC spokesman Jonathan Lynn attempted to downplay the news of political meddling in the report as simply routine. “This is the culmination of four years’ work by hundreds of scientists, where governments get a chance to ensure the summary for policymakers is clear and concise in a dialogue with the scientists who wrote it, and have the opportunity to raise any topics they think should be highlighted,” he was quoted as saying by the U.K. Daily Mail.
Experts, however, have pointed out that the UN is really in a tight spot. “This unpredicted hiatus [in global warming] just reflects the fact that we don't understand things as well as we thought,” said Roger Pielke, Jr., a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, described as a vocal critic of the climate-change establishment. “Now the IPCC finds itself in a position that a science group never wants to be in. It's in spin management mode.”
Considering the utter disaster that was the last IPCC report — flagrant errors even on basic facts, as The New American documented extensively — climate alarmists are hoping to restore some measure of credibility to the UN institution and its largely debunked theories. That will be tough. Following the last report, for instance, the Dutch government forced the IPCC to retract its claim that 55 percent of the Netherlands was below sea level. It’s actually only 26 percent.
There were numerous other major errors — or attempts at deception — in the UN “science” and predictions, too. Among other examples, the last report claimed Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035, an absurd claim that was later found to have been plagiarized from an advocacy group’s debunked propaganda citing an incorrect magazine article. The IPCC eventually apologized for “GlacierGate,” as the scandal became known. But there was also AfricaGate, ChinaGate, and numerous other scandals.
The bad publicity was so overwhelming that polls showed barely a third of Americans even believed in the UN’s theories by 2009. Numerous IPCC scientists, more than a few of whom have spoken with The New American, resigned in disgust. Even the former chairman of the UN body, Robert Watson, acknowledged the problems. “The mistakes all appear to have gone in the direction of making it seem like climate change is more serious by overstating the impact,” he conceded. “That is worrying.” More recently, studies show that some 97 percent of “climate” computer models overestimated the warming by an average of 100 percent.
As if all of those scandals around its last report were not bad enough for the embattled IPCC and the climate-alarmism industry, then came ClimateGate. That particular scandal involved leaked e-mails that exposed leading UN climate alarmists engaged in outright fraud, manipulation of data, deception, unlawful activities, destruction of data to avoid complying with freedom of information requests, and more. It was all to promote “the cause” — theories claiming that human CO2 emissions are leading to dangerous warming and must be restrained by a UN-run planetary carbon regime.
Of course, the hysteria surrounding the implosion of UN global-warming theories by governments and self-styled UN “climate experts” is understandable. If and when what numerous respected experts and scientists have labeled the climate “hoax” comes completely undone — and that moment appears to be approaching fast — the UN, its scientists, and national governments around the world will almost certainly face a public backlash of epic proportions. After squandering billions of dollars on the bogus climate scheme to extort trillions more to deal with it, humanity’s trust in its would-be rulers would almost certainly be all but impossible to restore.
At this point, the UN climate alarmism appears to be on the brink of a total meltdown. A recent report by the Science and Space Research Corporation, for example, suggests strongly that global cooling is on the way. Numerous prominent experts have echoed those concerns as the Arctic rebounds, Antarctic ice levels soar, the globe fails to warm despite UN predictions, and the thorough debunking of climate models becomes impossible to ignore.
Another new climate report recently released by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) — a team of dozens of independent climate experts citing over 1,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers — also adds to the growing body of evidence showing the IPCC has either ignored or misinterpreted much of the available data in a bid to hype its anti-carbon schemes. “The NIPCC report demonstrates that the science being relied upon by governments to create multi-billion dollar policies is almost certainly wrong,” said Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC).
While the Obama administration and its allies try to pressure the largely discredited UN IPCC to step up the alarmism and explain away or even conceal inconvenient truths, the world appears to be slowly waking up. In Australia, voters recently delivered a landslide victory to a political coalition that vowed to kill the costly carbon tax and rein in the climate alarmism machine. In Britain, the hysteria is dying, too.
Aside from the alarmist U.K. Guardian, even much of the world media appears to be taking a step back. In the political realm, establishment politicians like Obama continue to push the hysteria to justify the broader agenda — openly described by the UN as the development of global governance and planetary control. However, as the latest UN report gets torn to pieces by scientists before it is even released, it will only get harder for alarmists to push their claims.
Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, politics, and more. He can be reached at
Amid UN Climate Deception, Experts Decry Corruption of Science