Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Even by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s own lamentable standards, its new report – by Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report – makes no sense whatsoever.
Perhaps it never did but what definitely made it worse was the politicised meddling of the Obama administration.
Before the report’s formal release, US officials – who had seen an earlier draft – wrote to the United Nations demanding it be amended.
“The discussion of the economic costs of mitigation is too narrow and does not incorporate co-benefits of action.”
Loosely translated this means: “If we admit how much we’re spending to such little purpose, the taxpaying public is going to kill us.”
So the report was duly amended to suggest that the benefits of wind turbines, solar panels, biofuels – not to mention the losses entailed by leaving fossil fuels in the ground – more than offset the massive costs and inconvenience involved.