Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri

AGWer’s tend to dismiss skeptics by saying they are taking money from Big Oil. However, even if this is true at times, the amount of money Big Oil gives to skeptics pales in comparison to the money the AGWer’s are making (or stand to make) based on investments they’re making and funding they’re receiving to promote the AGW agenda. It’s nice that people are starting to look into things like ClimateGate and the investments and business dealings of people like Al Gore and Dr. Pachauri who are pushing the AGW agenda of doom and gloom. When they say things like they’re putting their money where their mouths are, they fail to mention that they are also the ones driving the move towards legislation which will ultimately make them billionaires. Cap-and-trade and carbon credits are the two main things they stand to make fortunes with, but only if they can convince a gullible public of the evils of CO2. Of course, if history is any guide to the future, then ultimately it won’t matter what the people want; the powers that be will just do whatever they want regardless of our wishes or desires.

From The Telegraph:

No one in the world exercised more influence on the events leading up to the Copenhagen conference on global warming than Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and mastermind of its latest report in 2007.

Although Dr Pachauri is often presented as a scientist (he was even once described by the BBC as “the world’s top climate scientist”), as a former railway engineer with a PhD in economics he has no qualifications in climate science at all.

What has also almost entirely escaped attention, however, is how Dr Pachauri has established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organisations dependent on the IPCC’s policy recommendations.

These outfits include banks, oil and energy companies and investment funds heavily involved in ‘carbon trading’ and ‘sustainable technologies’, which together make up the fastest-growing commodity market in the world, estimated soon to be worth trillions of dollars a year.

Today, in addition to his role as chairman of the IPCC, Dr Pachauri occupies more than a score of such posts, acting as director or adviser to many of the bodies which play a leading role in what has become known as the international ‘climate industry’.

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U.N.’s Goldstone criticizes U.S. reaction to Gaza report

From Reuters:

BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of a U.N. investigation that accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, Richard Goldstone, has said he is disappointed there has been such a “lukewarm” reaction to his findings in the United States.

The report by Goldstone, a South African jurist, lambasted both sides in the December-January war, which killed up to 1,387 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, but was harsher toward Israel.

It gave Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants six months to mount credible investigations or face possible prosecution in The Hague. Both Israel and Hamas denied committing war crimes.

“The reactions in the international community were very mixed, but the lukewarm from the United States disappointed me,” Goldstone told das Parlament, a weekly political newspaper published by Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag.

“The fact that the reactions from Israel were so violent really surprised me at times,” he added, according to the German text of his comments published on Sunday.

“I had that hoped our call to take legal steps and pursue people at a national level would fall on more open ears.”

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UN chief calls for ‘global governance structure’ to oversee greenhouse gasses

From Raw Story:

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in an opinion piece published by The New York Times, laid out a number of benchmarks for success in the upcoming global climate talks, planned to be held in Copenhagen.

Among them, Ki-moon argued in the Tuesday edition that a “global governance structure” must be levied to ensure that nations collaborate on how resources are deployed and managed.

The editorial, entitled “We Can Do It,” urges world leaders toward the accomplishment of three key points: Curbing emissions, investing in green growth for third world nations and establishing a supranational structure to oversee resources.

“Every country must do its utmost to reduce emissions from all major sources, including from deforestation and emissions from shipping and aviation,” Ki-moon wrote. “Developed countries must strengthen their mid-term mitigation targets, which are currently nowhere close to the cuts that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says are needed. Developing countries must slow the rise in their emissions and accelerate green growth as part of their strategies to reduce poverty.”

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US drone strikes may break international law: UN

From AFP via Google:

UNITED NATIONS — US drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN’s top investigator of such crimes said.

“The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (which are) particularly prominently used now in relation to Pakistan and Afghanistan,” UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston told a press conference.

“My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” he said.

US strikes with remote-controlled aircraft against Al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan have often resulted in civilian deaths and drawn bitter criticism from local populations.

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British nuclear expert falls 120ft to his death in Vienna

Just a coincidence, nothing to see here, move along.

From The Telegraph (U.K.):
A British nuclear expert has fallen to his death from the 17th floor of the United Nations offices in Vienna.
The 47-year-old man, who has not been named, died after falling more than 120ft to the bottom of a stairwell.

He worked for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, an international agency charged with uncovering illicit nuclear tests.

A UN spokesman in the Austrian capital said there were no “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the man’s death, while a police spokesman said that no other person was believed to have been involved.

No suicide note has been found.

The incident happened on Tuesday as the United States, France, Russia and Iran held talks close by aimed at cooling tensions over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Investigators refused to reveal any further background information on the official but confirmed an autopsy will be held.

Four months ago another UN worker also believed to be British fell a similar distance at the same building, according to other staff working there.

Former UN envoy to Afghanistan blows whistle on ex-boss

From Raw Story (with video):

A former top United Nations official assigned to Afghanistan said Monday that his ex-boss must be fired for long denying the widespread fraud that plagued Afghanistan’s last presidential election.

Speaking with CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Peter Galbraith, who was fired for claiming the United Nations helped cover-up the fraudulent votes, said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai was the primary beneficiary of the stolen election.

“I worked for the United Nations,” Galbraith said. “And certainly, the United Nations could have done something to prevent the fraud before it took place. I tried to do that. But my boss, Kai Eide, stopped me.”

Eide on Sunday admitted that widespread fraud took place amid the crucial vote. He had been defending himself against claims that he did not do enough to guard against fraud and had actually helped cover up instances where election workers intervened on behalf of President Karzai.

“President Karzai said Sunday that ‘foreign propaganda’ was holding up the process,” Couric said. “What do you think he meant by that?”

Galbraith replied: “Well he is continually trying to deflect the blame for the fraud that was committed on his behalf by suggesting that this is just bad news story, that it’s a foreign propaganda. When I tried to intervene to preserve the integrity of the electoral process, he complained that I was engaged in foreign interference.

“This, incidentally, in an election that the international community — and above all, the Americans, had paid $300 million to conduct and in a country where 100,000 troops are fighting on behalf of the Afghan government. So, that this has been a continuing theme on his part. And it should not be taken at all seriously. In fact one should speak firmly to him and say, ‘This is unacceptable.'”

Couric asked if, after such a tainted election, Karzai would even be capable of leading the country.

“[If] he emerges from this process as the next president, he will somehow have to persuade the people who did not vote for him that he is the legitimate president,” Galbraith said. “And given all the fraud, that’s gonna be a tough sell.”

Also Monday, Afghan Maulavi Mustafa Barakzai, who was appointed by the country’s supreme court to investigate claims of fraud, resigned his post and charged that United Officials had interfered with his work.

“The election has become a major challenge for the Obama administration, which needs to convince a skeptical Congress and American public to continue waging the costly eight-year war to prevent the Taliban-led insurgency from regaining control of Afghanistan,” McClatchy Newspapers reported.

If enough fraudulent votes are tossed from the tally, Karzai may be forced into a runoff election agaisnt Abdullah Abdullah, his former foreign minister. Results from an Afghan probe into the vote are expected later this week.

U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president

From Reuters:

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Czech President Vaclav Klaus sharply criticized a U.N. meeting on climate change on Tuesday at which U.S. President Barack Obama was among the top speakers, describing it as propagandistic and undignified.

“It was sad and it was frustrating,” said Klaus, one of the world’s most vocal skeptics on the topic of global warming.

“It’s a propagandistic exercise where 13-year-old girls from some far-away country perform a pre-rehearsed poem,” he said. “It’s simply not dignified.”

At the opening of the summit attended by nearly 100 world leaders, 13-year-old Yugratna Srivastava of India told the audience that governments were not doing enough to combat the threat of climate change.

Klaus said there were increasing doubts in the scientific community about whether humans are causing changes in the climate or whether the changes are simply naturally occurring phenomena.

But politicians, he said, seem to be moving closer to a consensus on climate change.

“The train can’t be stopped and I consider that a huge mistake,” Klaus said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon organized the climate summit to help create momentum before a U.N. meeting in Copenhagen in December to reach agreement on new targets for reducing so-called greenhouse gas emissions.

However, new proposals by China and a rallying cry from U.S. President Barack Obama did little to break a U.N. deadlock about what should be done.

Klaus published a book in 2007 on the worldwide campaign to stop climate change entitled “Blue Planet in Green Chains: What Is Under Threat — Climate or Freedom?”

In the book, Klaus said global warming has turned into a new religion, an ideology that threatens to undermine freedom and the world’s economic and social order.