Thursday, February 01, 2007

Fraser Institute Climate Report Leaked

This Friday, the most comprehensive scientific examination of global warming every performed will be released to the public when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) unveils their 4th report - a project that took 6 years and includes the input of 2,500 of the world's leading scientists.

But when you are an oil industry funded think tank you don't need to be that thorough. You can just write your criticism in advance.

That is exactly what the Fraser Institute has done. Desmogblog obtained a leaked copy of their "independent summary" of the upcoming IPCC report - a 53 page document critiquing the findings of the IPCC panel despite the fact that the final report has not been released. Organizations like the Fraser Instute would be in an uproar if the IPCC published a summary of document they hadn't read, but right wing wonk tanks care even less about being hypocrites than they do about sound science.

In a more tempered statement Dr. Andrew Weaver, the lead author of the upcoming IPCC report has the Fraser Institute effort "highly ideological".

One doesn't have to guess at the sort of ideology the Fraser Institute brings to their effort. Having received $120,000 in funding from Exxon-Mobil in recent years, the Fraser Institute report offers the best possible analysis of climate change.......from the perspective of their funders.

The full Fraser Institute report can be read here.


5 comments:

Janis Mara said...

Texas-based ExxonMobil on Thursday posted the largest annual profit ever by a U.S. company — $39.5 billion. Hence, they now officially have more money than God and, hence, more power. With that kind of chump change, it's no surprise they're using their clout to try to discredit a report that could damage them.

Sparky said...

These last two posts point to the deeper heart of the problem of environmental catastrophe...it's bad PR...

Anonymous said...

I found this interview with Dilip Hiro, about the battle for the world's vanishing energy resources, really interesting:


http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/31/1543222

Karen said...

Haha, that's just precious.

Though I suppose it's possible they got their hands on a leaded copy of the IPCC report before it was released? Nah...

James Tiberius Bond said...

"Preliminary drafts of the IPCC report were released over a year ago" quotes the director of the environmental wing of the Fraser Institute. I would imagine that is where their summary response to the IPCC report comes from. Eitherway, who are they fooling anyway in regards to downplaying of climate change problem?