Laframboise Revelations on IPCC Rock Resource Industry Execs

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Investigative reporter Donna Laframboise's expose on the UN Climate Change Panel (IPCC) attracted hundreds of resource industry professionals at the recent 9th Annual Friends of Science luncheon in the energy capital of North America.

Investigative journalist and author [Donna Laframboise shocked industry and business leaders who are hit by greenhouse gas and carbon emissions issues with her expose on the nature of the UN’s Climate Change Panel – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Laframboise addressed 240 Canadian business and resource industry executives at Calgary’s Metropolitan Center on October 17, 2012. Calgary is North America’s burgeoning energy center and home to most oil sands developers. Her talk was entitled: "Exposed - The UN Climate Change Panel: Activist and Untrustworthy.”

Laframboise was the guest speaker at the 9th Annual Friends of Science luncheon    co-sponsored by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. She had just returned from a nation-wide tour of Australia, presenting her work to sold-out houses. Laframboise arrived in Australia just days after a carbon tax had been implemented – a contentious issue that has split that country.

The audience sat with rapt attention as Laframboise walked them through some of her findings.

She began with the IPCC's own web-site where it is stated "The IPCC is a scientific body." The IPCC describes their work as "The work of the organization is therefore policy-relevant and yet policy-neutral, never policy-prescriptive."    

But Laframboise's research reveals that although the IPCC purports to be a scientific organization, relying only on top, peer-reviewed scientific information, in reality it is a highly politicized organization with many green activists in key positions. This Washington Post article (Feb. 15, 2010) refers to IPCC citation issues: “The U.N. panel seemed to have quoted an activist group's report, not a peer-reviewed study.”

Confirming Laframboise’s research that key authors are associated with green activist groups the same Washington Post item quotes IPCC scientist Christopher Field, IPCC co-chair of the second working group for the next assessment. Dr. Field is also on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Sierra Club.

Likewise, regarding other activists, Laframboise said that "Bill Hare who was one of only 40 people on the IPCC core writing team and was 'considered a Greenpeace legend'." He was the former Climate Policy director for Greenpeace.

She pointed out that Richard Moss who was involved in the IPCC for 20 years was, for part of that time, Vice-President of the WWF.

In her presentation Laframboise also said that "In 2010 the IPCC appointed Jennifer Morgan, who spent several years as the World Wildlife Fund’s chief spokesperson on climate change, as an AR5 review editor. What is a WWF climate change spokesperson doing within a mile of a scientific assessment?”

Laframboise said “Thomas Stocker, a Swiss climate modeller, is currently in charge of the IPCC’s hard science section (aka Working Group 1). Last June a reporter interviewed him at length for a story that appeared in the Vancouver Sun. This headline suggests what will happen to your family’s finances if the IPCC is ever in charge,” referring to a Vancouver Sun article entitled: “Quadruple gas prices to save the planet”?"

"Our past luncheons have featured climatologists who discussed the science of climate change,” said Len Maier, President of the Friends of Science. “This year, our guest speaker, investigative journalist Donna Laframboise, will focus on the behavior and trustworthiness of the IPCC. This issue is every bit as important as the science debate itself."

Laframboise’s work is the first and only thorough examination of the IPCC, an organization that will soon celebrate its 25 anniversary. The Calgary Herald, the city's major daily, gave top editorial coverage to the event.

The complete presentation can be seen on the Friends of Science website.    

About the Friends of Science

A group of mostly retired earth and atmospheric scientists, professional engineers and geologists, Friends of Science has been reviewing peer-reviewed science on climate change for over a decade. The Friends of Science name reflects their position that the evidence-based Scientific Method should be the guiding principle in matters such as climate change policies. To date, the theory of catastrophic human-caused global warming has not met this standard. Based on their knowledge, research and the evidence, Friends of Science see the sun’s solar cycles as the main drivers of climate change cycles, modified by various other natural forces.

Like-minded citizens of all walks of life from around the world are members and supporters of the Friends of Science.

Friends of Science
P.O.Box 23167, Connaught P.O., Calgary, Alberta    Canada T2S 3B1
Michelle Stirling, Media Liaison: 1-403-704-5518

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