Pathetic attempt by politicians to cook the books on the IPCC report
There is something childish about attempts by politicians here and in Europe to hide the fact that there has been no warming for at least the last 15 years. Many have written the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, asking them to delete references to the pause in warming, and even cook the books to make it look like there has been warming.
The reason? They don't want to lose the argument to skeptics.
But leaked documents seen by the Associated Press, yesterday revealed deep concerns among politicians about a lack of global warming over the past few years.
Germany called for the references to the slowdown in warming to be deleted, saying looking at a time span of just 10 or 15 years was 'misleading' and they should focus on decades or centuries.
Hungary worried the report would provide ammunition for deniers of man-made climate change.
Belgium objected to using 1998 as a starting year for statistics, as it was exceptionally warm and makes the graph look flat - and suggested using 1999 or 2000 instead to give a more upward-pointing curve.
The United States delegation even weighed in, urging the authors of the report to explain away the lack of warming using the 'leading hypothesis' among scientists that the lower warming is down to more heat being absorbed by the ocean - which has got hotter.
The last IPCC 'assessment report' was published in 2007 and has been the subject of huge controversy after it had to correct the embarrassing claim that the Himalayas would melt by 2035.
It was then engulfed in the 'Climategate' scandal surrounding leaked emails allegedly showing scientists involved in it trying to manipulate their data to make it look more convincing - although several inquiries found no wrongdoing.
The latest report, which runs to 2,000 pages, will be shown to representatives from all 195 governments next week at a meeting in Stockholm, who can discuss alterations they want to make.
But since it was issued to governments in June, they have raised hundreds of objections about the 20-page summary for policymakers, which sums up the findings of the scientists.
What it says will inform renewable energy policies and how much consumers and businesses will pay for them.
Politicians and scientists both have a lot invested in the warming theory, but their desperation to hide the bad news about a lack of temperature increases shows where their loyalties lie. It certainly isn't to the truth, or the scientific method. It is, rather, to a blindly partisan ideology that seeks control over much of the world's economy.
The pause in warming will be the big news when the report is published. But the IPCC and warming advocates will try their best to downplay the lack of warming, or explain it away. They can do little else and maintain whatever credibility they have with the scientific community and citizens around the world.