FT.com / UK - Interview transcript: Rajendra Pachauri
Do you think there is an organised effort to demolish your reputation and the reputation of the IPCC?Worst Winter in Scotland since 1914? Worst in Ireland since 1962-63? and worst in England and Wales since 1981-82?
RP: It doesn’t take a genius to arrive at the conclusion that apparently this is carefully orchestrated. These things are certainly not happening at random. The one unfortunate thing that has happened is the mistake that the IPCC made on the glaciers. We have acknowledged that; we have put that on our web site.
But there is absolutely nothing [else] but I would say [there are] nefarious designs behind people trying to attack me with lies, falsehoods [alleging] that I have business interests. I have clarified that in very precise terms. Once I did that, they shifted their focus on my institute, which, may I say - with all humility but some degree of pride - is an institution that the world now looks up to and admires. We function under the laws of this country. We are looked up to by everybody in every section of society, including the highest levels of government not only over here, but in other parts of the world.
What they are indulging in is skulduggery of the worst kind. I’m reasonably sure that very soon people will realise the truth and they would also question the credentials of some of the people who are behind them.
I don’t want to get down to a personal level, but all you need to do is look at their backgrounds. They are people who deny the link between smoking and cancer; they are people who say that asbestos is as good as talcum powder – I hope that they apply it to their faces every day – and people who say that the only way to deal with HIV/Aids is to screen the population on a regular basis and isolate those who are infected.
There is clearly a very obvious intent behind this whole thing. I’m certainly not going to be affected by it. I’m totally in the clear. I have absolutely nothing but indifference to what these people are doing.
Was this perhaps a top 5 coldest winter for the entire continent in the last 100 years?Fat Lady Warms Up For Global Warming; Grey Lady Not Listening - Walter Russell Mead's Blog - The American Interest
Politically, however, these revelations are explosive in the American context. Between them, the IPCC and the East Anglia Climate Research Unit have killed the chances that the US will pass climate legislation this year; if the November midterms strengthen the Republicans in Congress as now looks likely, it is hard to see carbon limits getting through the Congress before 2013.Climate scientists have long been targets for sceptics | Fred Pearce | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Prof Mike Mann of Pennsylvania State University, fresh from his battle over the hockey stick in 2001, said: "There is an orchestrated campaign against the IPCC."