Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pachauri and climate change politics

Dr.R.K.Pachauri is coming under fire from the British press for climategate, glaciergate and now Amazongate. Is he really at fault? Why only the British media is furious?

The history of chairmanship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change helps us to understand this oddity. The founder chairman of IPCC was Bert Bolin, a Swedish climate scientist of repute. He was the chairman from 1988 to 1997. He was succeeded by Robert Watson, an equally reputed climatologist who was the driving force behind the Kyoto Protocol. This protocol was detested by the U S which never ratified it. In the year 2001-02, the ExxonMobil oil lobby in the U S persuaded President George Bush to use his influence to get rid of Robert Watson. Pachauri who was then the vice-chairman was unanimously elected the Chairman.

Pachauri is an accomplished industrial engineer. He is not a climatologist. Climatologists in England continue to be sore that a scientist of British origin namely Robert Watson was unseated by American intrigue.

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