Saturday, January 27, 2007

IPCC:Policy Neutral or Political Advocates?

The latest IPCC report on climate change is to be issued this Spring. Already it is generating controversy and concern. Fresh on the realization that the political Policy Summary will be issued first and the scientific Technical Reports will follow three months later (only after they have been edited for consistency with the policy summary: i.e. the politics will determine the science, the science will not determine the politics), the leadership of the IPCC has been making pronouncements that clearly characterize the overt political advocacy of the IPCC rather than its supposed policy neutrality.

It will be interesting to see if this fourth IPCC report further polarizes viewpoints on climate change or if indeed it can foster some kind of true understanding. Sadly, as long as the IPCC continues to treat science as a political football, real science will always be kicked to the sidelines by whatever political expediency is in ascendancy.