Sunday, March 09, 2008

Mark Newgent: What consensus on climate change?


The truth is, the so-called consensus is not found in the IPCC scientific assessment reports, but rather in the body’s Summary for Policy Makers, which is written by United Nations bureaucrats. This is the source of uncritical reporters’ claims of a consensus of 2,500 experts. The SPM excludes contrary evidence and in many significant areas disagrees with the underlying scientific report. The real consensus is political. It consists of a coalition of environmentalists, academics and rent-seeking corporations, all of whom have a substantial stake in increased government control over the private sector.

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