War on the IPCC: on that leaked IPCC draft document

I’m not going to claim any prescience but some time ago I suggested the denial machine would begin its war on the credibility of the IPCC and its fifth assessment report due to be released in 2013.

In the past few days we’ve just witnessed the opening salvo in the denial machines attempt to undermine public confidence in the IPCC.

For those not up to speed, this is what transpired:

  • late last week climate sceptic blogger Alec Rawls got hold of draft versions of the IPCCs upcoming fifth report
  • Rawls breathlessly announced to the world that that IPCC admitted that “enhanced solar forcing” was the cause of recent warming.

In other words, Rawls claims the IPCC is admitting it’s the sun and not human activities – none of which is true. Journalist and blogger Graham Readfearn provides a good summary of what happened:

  • Rawls registered himself as a reviewer via online form – something any member of the public can do – obtained copies of the draft documents and leaked them to the internet
  • Rawls has misread, misinterpreted and cherry-picked the draft report.

There is an irony in this, as the actual conclusions of the draft report confirm that human influence on the climate is undeniable and is deeply concerning (for further commentary I’d also suggest the following article on The Conversation).

Of course all the usual suspects amongst the denial movement are salivating over the leaked documents. Sceptic blogger Anthony Watts is calls it “game changing” while Daily Telegraph blogger James Delingpole claims the IPCC has just admitted the “jigs up”.

None of which is true of course – they’ve merely cherry picked a single paragraph from the leaked document in order to mislead the public.

While it is impossible to know what motivated Rawls to sign up as a reviewer of the latest IPCC report, I’m going to make the assumption he did so with less than honourable intentions.

Weather he acted alone or in concert makes little difference – Rawls abused the process and undermined the IPCCs attempts to make itself more transparent.

All I can say is expect much more of these kind of tactics over the coming months.

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755 thoughts on “War on the IPCC: on that leaked IPCC draft document

  1. john byatt says:

    Richard seems to be a full time troll, hates everyone, but hates bolt so that is a plus
    whats with the shalom sign off on every comment at one site ?

    Richard Ryan
    SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 AT 6:05 AM
    GD! The demolition of the twin towers was an “inside job”——-carried out by people living in the USA, less then 3000 lost their lives, over 100,000 innocent people lost their lives in Iraq, over 4,000 USA servicemen lost their lives in Iraq. America’s greatness was built on slavery and ” arms deals”———America is making capital on it’s September 11 drama even now, with it’s selling of T-SHIRTS, and other ghoulish souvenirs——the principle of the dollar governs all in America. While 25 million Americans depend on food stamps, thanks to the “Economic Terrorists” ( Wall Street Criminals)—-lets not get carried away with all things American. My American idol, Al Capone said, “war is a racket”—how true. While Saddam was at war with Iran, America was supplying to the Iraqi Regime, America supported Pol Pot, America supported that Libya leader, America supported Marcos—America supported the Shah of Iran–etc. etc. etc. Terrorists were given flying lessons, terrorists were allowed on those planes—–who ever planned those demolitions of those symbols of capitalism the twin towers—–they had a PhD in destruction. Years of planning went into this “demolition job” and they say it cost only 500.000 dollars, as they say: Terrorism: the poor mans War, War the rich mans Terrorism. Shalom.

    inside job eh?

    • john byatt says:

      If it is the same richard he loves Willard the dullard ,
      richard and eric will get along just fine

    • Richard Ryan says:

      should i just make up some bullshit and sign off John Byatt? you guys are so obsessed with your religious fervour, it knows no bounds.

      • john byatt says:

        I think that everything you say is made up bullshit richard but was impressed by some of your comments, many i agree with
        Given that Shalom is a rather weird sign off for an athiest it is not I who seems to be obsessed does it ?

      • uknowispeaksense says:

        It never ceases to amaze me when deniers like yourself accuse those of us who accept the overwhelming evidence for climate change of being religious. The irony is that in order for you, Dick, to continually spruik your position, you must maintain a level of wilful ignorance on a par with young Earth creationists and other loony fundamentalists. We are also all still waiting for to produce something of susbstance.

        • Mr Ryan objects to being pwned comprehensively. So, sir, 911 was an inside job and global warming is a gravy train. Before you are sentenced as an incorrigible conspiracy theorist (not a compliment, by the say), have you any other inanities you want taken into account? Chemtrails? One World Government? Shape shifting lizards? Area 51? UFOs? Intelligent Design? Two is more than enough to deny you any credibility, but more is always interesting.

        • uknowispeaksense says:

          I thought the shapeshifters and the reptilians were two different alien species? Maybe Dick can set me straight on that one. There are also a few keywords missing from that list..Moon landing hoax, Illuminati and HAARP. Might as well go the whole hog. 🙂

  2. Richard Ryan says:

    LOL .. you’ve all just comprehensively proved that you just grab some bullshit and then accept it as fact. I don’t know who the “Richard Ryan” is that you got that silly quote from but typically, you sheep accept that its me. However. I’m bored with you now … I’m going off again to enjoy the positives of life and mother nature. Apparently, I don’t have much time … keep the faith, you silly bunch of B-Grade Nostradames (can you plural that?)

    • uknowispeaksense says:

      and you have again demonstrated yet again that you have nothing of value to add. Coming here, you have the perfect opportunity to put forward your argument yet you waste the opportunity with childish quips, but then we did establish your maturity fairly quickly. Come back when you trust your argument enough and have the courage to put it forward with some conviction.

    • john byatt says:

      Funny, that was identical to a reply i recived from a creationist in the local paper, however she was going off to enjoy brown rice as well.

      possibly all richard ryans are stupid eh?

    • Maybe I had him all wrong. He has just the one conspiracy theory. That’s still 100% nutter rather than 200% – or more.

      But, looking at his comment, naah, I don’t think I had him wrong…

      • uknowispeaksense says:

        Yep. I reckon. It might be a common name but given the relatively small number of deniers who regularly post on blogs…its him

  3. Richard Ryan says:

    Looks like another rule is in force here:
    Personal attacks are not allowed unless they are a believer attacking a denier LOL.
    Facts are not allowed when they do not agree with our AGW religion.
    What a bunch of hypocritical tools.

    • You seem to be getting away with personal attacks on other threads. And you do so even in the post you complain in. You seem to have no problem believing two or more impossible things before breakfast.

      • Richard Ryan says:

        You are dealing well with being a fatalist desiring armageddon so I guess everything is possible … although it must be said that most of you doomsday deadheads just love the personal attack on us deniers … YOU included. so zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. BTW, if you havent stolen that photo, let me just add one personal attack – you are a very ugly fellow (no doubt beautiful to johnny baptist byatt but fairly repulsive to the rest of the human (denier) race

      • john byatt says:

        Mrs reckons your a bit of alright John, likes the beard,but what would she know after 50 years with me

    • uknowispeaksense says:

      Dick, head over to one of the denial echo chambers if you still have nothing of substance to add. We are all waiting for you to post one of these “facts” you claim is being disallowed. What are you afraid of? One of your “facts” will be shown for what it actually is?


  4. Richard Ryan says:

    well, I can only make a judgement on wit (5/10 so far) and intelligence (true believer in AGW is a definite fail) and I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt for charm (its a stretch) so you’re 1.5 out of 4 at best. You know what, I’ll add a half for not being a religiously obsessed “kill the deniers” nutbag like johnny byatt and you’re on the cusp. Don;t let me down from here on in though 😉

    • Still miles ahead of your nonsensical non-science zero. You’ve been pwned.

      • john byatt says:

        richard hates gays, tick
        believes that AGW is religion, tick
        believes that it is all about OWG, tick

        100% in line with creationist nonsense,

        they just cannot help themselves

      • Richard Ryan says:

        no .. when people refuse to answer anything there is no debate, just admittance that they are wrong and hypocrites. Off you go now … you’re not going to have much luck recruiting anyone with these attitudes

        • So pwned you’ve developed Tourettes. 🙂 And pwned again.

          There is no debate on the science.

          Anthropogenic climate change (ACC)/anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is not a hypothesis. It is a robust theory, referred to as “settled fact” by scientists.

          Per the National Academies of Science, in their 2010 publication Advancing The Science Of Climate Change (pp 44-45):
          “Some scientific conclusions or theories have been so thoroughly examined and tested, and supported by so many independent observations and results, that their likelihood of subsequently being found to be wrong is vanishingly small.

          Such conclusions and theories are then regarded as settled facts.

          This is the case for the conclusions that the Earth system is warming and that much of this warming is very likely due to human activities.”

          And note that the above National Academies paper is available for free download after a free registration. No purchase necessary. And the quote is from pages 44 & 45.

      • Richard Ryan says:

        hee haw

  5. john byatt says:

    Mental illness assistance 131145

    there I can only try to help him

    • zoot says:

      Waste of effort I’m afraid. He knows he’s ok and we’re a bunch of loons.
      In my past life I met way too many of these people. They crash the party looking for a fight, grope the host’s wife, throw up on the carpet and then get offended when you chuck them out.
      Richard (if that is in fact his name) will wear any banning from here as “being silenced”.
      I detest the smell of burning martyr in the morning.

  6. john byatt says:

    Richard, watch the screen door here on your way out it might hit you on the arse

  7. Richard Ryan says:

    Enjoy your group [CUT] … you’re just too funny for me but you seem to amuse each other (a little too much but thats between yourselves).

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