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Published on June 10th, 2013


Review: The Delinquent Teenager

By Steinar Jakobsen

The former science correspondent for the BBC, author and astrophysicist David Whitehouse, has written the following about journalism:

Journalism is about not taking sides, or about being a cheerleader. It’s about shaking the tree, about asking award questions, about standing in the place of those who can’t ask such questions, and being persistent, unpopular and dogged. 

Unfortunately, many of today’s journalists do not live up to these guidelines. But there are positive exceptions. The Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise has for years been investigating  the IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) work.

This has resulted in the book The Delinquent  Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert. Here she compares the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with a teenager who has never received the necessary correction during childhood. This is the correction all children need to be exposed to if they are to grow up and be sensible and caring individuals.

Donna Laframboise has gone through and documented procedures of the IPCC. Basically it turns out that a lot of researchers in relevant disciplines have been part of the IPCC’s work. But when they were choosing the texts that were to be used in their publication, it turns out that this is a work largely carried out by activists and bureaucrats.

For example, activists/bureaucrats clearly opposed the conclusions of the most renowned hurricane researchers, malaria scientists, oceanographers, geologists/paleontologists, glaciologists and atmosphere scientists. In addition, it appears that the head of the IPCC has close ties to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This is reflected clearly by the fact that several of propaganda prints originated from WWF is included in the IPCC reports. It identified 78 IPCC participants who are also members of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Witness Advisory Panel. These have both participated as editors and authors reports that not all such peer IPCC leader likes to tell us that they are.

Dona Laframboise’s investigations document that IPCC’s primary goal has nothing to do with  science, but rather, as in many other bureaucracies, to maintain and expand its position. The main agenda seems to be the lust to tax and control the world community. Science is just an excuse to achieve this goal.

The book is a guide for lay people with only a minimum of technical terms. It must be stated that this is not primarily a book about science, but rather about how real investigate journalism should be.



*Cover photo by Takver

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