UN climate boss suggests “deniers” rub their faces in asbestos

Is the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change able to discuss climate change facts, or are they so invested in global warming hysteria they must wish pain, suffering and ultimate death on scientists, media-types and others who refuse to tow the line?

He absolutely refuses to “give up”, and I don’t think anyone has suggested Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “give up.”

I’d like him stick around.

Update: Sweetness & Light picked up on the story today (Feb. 8).

We’re not asking – at least I’m not asking – for the so-called experts in the field to go away and stop doing research. Rather, we’d prefer the process to be open to proper peer-review and not be so tied in with politics.

I for one, I think it is the ultimate in vanity to suggest we can even define what the “correct” temperature for the world should be in the first place. But that’s just me.

In an interview with the Financial Times earlier this week, Pachauri flat out suggested deniers – including climate change experts – should commit a long, painful drawn-out suicide. From FoxNews.com, with my emphasis in bold.

Climate change skeptics “are people who deny the link between smoking and cancer; they are people who say that asbestos is as good as talcum powder,” he said.

“I hope that they apply it (asbestos) to their faces every day.”

Pachauri’s remarks came as pressure and scrutiny are mounting against the IPCC’s hallmark Fourth Assessment Report, which laid out the case for man-made climate change over a thousand sprawling pages.

The report contained misleading data about the melting rate of glaciers in the Himalayas and is riddled with citations to data furnished by activist groups, non-scientific journals and material that was never peer-reviewed.

Why did I bold the climate change experts phrase in the paragraph above? Well, I remember many experts from the IPCC, NASA and the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia complaining many skeptics may have been scientists and academics, but they were either bought off by big-business or they did not have the proper background in climate science.

We all know Al Gore has absolutely no academic or professional experience in climate science, but how about Pachauri? Gore’s buddy Pachauri – with whom he shared the 2007 Nobel Peace prize does not have an advanced degree in climate science, but does have a joint Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Economics.

In the interview, Pachauri restates his blathering about the corporate world banning together to frustrate him into submission.

[T]hey [skeptics] are deep in the pockets of big business..

Where’s the beef? Where’s the proof of astroturfing the climate change debate? Well, he admits there is none.

His critics in the business world, he told the paper, “see climate change as a threat to their own comforts, their own convenience and the generation of easy profits.” He accused them of establishing a network of lobbyists in D.C. “trying to write all kinds of malicious articles and indulge in invective.”

“It’s all part of a pattern,” he continued. “But let me clarify. I have no proof. I can only presume something like this is at work.”

You can review the full interview transcript with Pachauri at the Financial Times. Read the Pachauri portion while thinking of the Dr. Emmet Brown character from the Back to the Future series. It’s fun.

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  1. Dimsdale on February 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Pachauri is a corrupt government hack, who will hang onto his position until his last breath.  He loves his lavish lifestyle, living like a Bollywood movie star in Golf Links, a neighbourhood in New Delhi, India.  It is very close to Khan market, the most expensive market in India. It is one of the most expensive places to live in India; the cheapest houses sell for millions of US dollars, yet he claims to make a modest salary.   As noted, he himself has no background in climate science whatsoever, which is a common criticism by warming fanatics when describing skeptics.  Talk about "deep in the pockets of big business"!  He is in so tight with the giant Indian Tata conglomerate, they could be Siamese twins.


    More importantly, he dismisses any criticism in a very Goresque manner, calling the skeptics "deniers" and "corrupt" etc., but never addressing the actual criticism.  Any mistakes are Dukakian "oversights" and "don't detract from the science".  He should say "religion", because that is what it is.  And he is a high priest.

    • Anne-EH on February 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      Dims, we are witnessing the start of the end of this global warming nonsense. Truer words from you could not be better said.

  2. Eric on February 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I simply want to say "ditto's" to Dimsdale. I couldn't have said it better myself!

  3. Jim Macdonald on February 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Clearly, the wheels are coming off the global warming express.   Pachauri is feeling the heat and is getting desperate.   This devolution is going to be ugly. They will go down kicking and screaming.

  4. donh on February 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    There are calls for Pachauri to resign from leaders within the environmental movement. The IPCC has lost a key ally Jairam Ramesh Minister of the Environment in India. He made  a statement that gained worldwide press that there is "a fine line between environmental activism and environmental evangelism."  I am not sure there ever was such a line . The green movement is having its Jimmy Swaggart moment of truth. The only global warming Jesus preached about was the roasting of souls in Gehenna. I think globophobia , fear of  warming,  is really just paranoia for the afterlife held by   liberal pharisees afraid of their many sins.. ..below is a news clip on ramesh from india television.

  5. donh on February 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    and here is a little Jimmy Swaggart clip preaching the Gospel version of Al Gore's  lock box sermon. …from Matthew: 26….the alabaster box….. .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TENKwI8_OfY

  6. gillie28 on February 6, 2010 at 3:23 am

     "…they are people who say that asbestos is as good as talcum powder,” he said.  “I hope that they apply it (asbestos) to their faces every day.”

    It's so reassuring to see such mature, grown-ups in charge of planetary, environmental policy!

  7. Dimsdale on February 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    In honor of his science free Ph.D. (mechanical engineering and economics), I dub him "Choo Choo" Pachauri, engineer of the speeding climate warming train that is going off the tracks…..


    I am sure he will be amply provided for by his conglomerate sponsor, Tata Industries.

    • gillie28 on February 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      Tata industries – too funny.  Cheap, poor quality, carbon-laden cars and ta-ta as in "bye-bye" choo-choo.

  8. donh on February 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    All kinds of stories are now breaking about  the IPCC. Good job Steve cutting the edge. The himalayas are sacred to  India. Exaggerating the data on Himalayan glacier melt  is really playing on people's religeous faith inorder to seduce  a  large population  to follow the lords of  liberalism. Hindus are always adding minor  gods to their pantheon . I would like to see the icon they come up with for Al Gore.

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