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U.N. Housecleaning

Posted 02/18/2010 06:58 PM ET

Change: The United Nations’ global warming chief is resigning. Now how about firing the head of its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and dismantling that worthless agency?

Yvo de Boer, the Austrian executive secretary of the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, will leave his position July 1 to join the consulting group KPMG as global adviser on climate and sustainability.

We realize he’ll be replaced by another functionary just as obsessed with forcing an emissions-restriction regime on developed nations. But we’d like to see the U.N. follow up the resignation by dismissing Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC.

It was under the leadership of Pachauri that the IPCC warned the world that the Himalayan glaciers would be melted by 2035 due to man-made global warming, a claim that turned out to be one man’s guesswork, not the finding of a peer-reviewed scientific report. Pachauri initially defended the claim, admitting only after he could no longer deny the truth that an error had been made.

As head of the IPCC, Pachauri is ultimately responsible for what goes into its assessments, which are considered the gold standard of global warming information by most media outlets.

The IPCC’s 2007 assessment, which shared a Nobel Prize with Al Gore, included the wild claim about the Himalayan glaciers. If Pachauri had a sense of decency, he’d return the tainted prize as his last act of duty as IPCC chief.

Pachauri also has conflict-of-interest problems. In December, Britain’s Telegraph reported that he ”holds more than a score of positions with banks, universities and other institutions that benefit from the vast worldwide industry now based on measures to halt climate change.”

The Telegraph also noted that Pachauri is director general of the Energy & Resources Institute, India’s ”most influential private body involved in climate-change issues and renewable energy.”

While Pachauri denies wrongdoing, the IPCC keeps using taxpayers’ money to warn of calamities that are not coming. It exists to agitate the public, drive political decisions and, most of all, perpetuate its own existence. It should be relieved of those responsibilities.

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