Dave, The way you describe IPCC is a good way of putting it - a loose confederation of academics. It might not be perceived this way by govts or thr public, but the phrase you use is the reality. Govts support IPCC, but only for travel to the meetings.. IPCC will say they make all the comments on the various drafts and the responses at the end of the process - after the report(s) are published. IPCC won't want comments and responses made available during the process.
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