2:51 am - December 19th 2009
On Wednesday, The Telegraph’s in-house global warming denier, James Delingpole, published an article in which it was claimed that climate scientists working at the Hadley Centre for Climate Change, which is based at the headquarters of the Meteorological Office, near Exeter, had ‘probably tampered with Russian climate data’ under the headline:
‘Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming’.
‘The Russians’, it turns out, did nothing of the sort and scientists working at the Hadley Centre are only tangentially related to the so-called ‘Climategate’ story, which relates to the hacking of a web-mail server at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit.
The source of Delingpole’s claims, which were reported uncritically by a number of Russian news agencies, is disclosed in the news release which he quotes in full in the article, before going on to provide links to articles by Steve MacIntyre (Climate Audit) and Jeff Id (posted at TV Weatherman Anthony Watts’ ‘Watts up with that’).
It makes the following allegation:
Climategate has already affected Russia. On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.
The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory. Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports. Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.
The data of stations located in areas not listed in the Hadley Climate Research Unit Temperature UK (HadCRUT) survey often does not show any substantial warming in the late 20th century and the early 21st century.
What Delingpole failed to disclose was the series of connections linking the Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) to a number of Western right-wing economic think tanks and, through those think-tanks, to a number of high profile global warming deniers and, through one of these, directly to Steve McIntyre.
The key figure through which all these connections arise is a Russian free-market economist and former senior economic policy advisor to Vladimir Putin, Andrey Illiaronov. Illiaronov served as Putin’s official representative to the G8 from May 2000 until January 2005 when, depending on who’s account you believe, he either his resigned from that position or was removed from it by the Kremlin.
In December of the same year, Illiaronov resigned from his position as an advisor to Vladimir Putin, telling reporters in Moscow that:
It is one thing to work in a country that is partly free. It is another thing when the political system has changed, and the country has stopped being free and democratic
Amongst the issues that brought this situation to a head were Russian moves towards ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, which Illiaronov openly opposed, the Yukos affair, which he called ‘the swindle of the year’ and the growing influence of state officials on major Russian companies, including Gazprom and Rosneft.
Illiaronov founded the Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) in 1994 as a free-market economic think-tank, and served as its first Director until he took up the government post as Putin’s main economic advisor. He did, however, stay on as the Institute’s President, a position he still holds today.
His position on global warming is tidily summed up by comments dating to 2004, one of which appeared in the Moscow Times in April 2004, with the other having been made during a BBC interview conducted by Jeremy Paxman only a month later:
“Kyoto is killing off the world economy like an ‘international Auschwitz’… The Kyoto Protocol is a death pact, however strange it may sound, because its main aim is to strangle economic growth and economic activity in countries that accept the protocol’s requirements.” – Moscow Times, 15 April 2004
“No link has been established between carbon dioxide emissions and climate change.” – BBC Interview, May 2004
The Cato Institute
Illiaronov has close tie to three Western free-market think-tanks, the best known of which being the Washington DC-based Cato Insitutes, of which he became a senior fellow in 2006.
The Cato Institute holds regular briefings on global warming with known climate ‘sceptics’ as panelists. including Patrick Michaels, John Christy, Robert Balling. Other prominent ‘skeptics’ associated with the Cato Institute include Fred Singer, the man behind both the Leipzig Decalation and the self-styled Non Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), and Richard Lindzen, who has contributed to the Cato Institute’s ‘Reason’ magazine.
Illiaronov is also associated with the Brussels-based ‘International Council for Capital Formation”, an offshoot of the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), which describes itself as “a well connected spokesman for American business in Washington”, a “key player” in policy circles and “one of the most influential organizations operating behind the scenes” in the Washington policy making arena.
According to Senate records, three ACCF officers (Mark Bloomfield, Margo Thorning, and Mari Lee Dunn) were registered as lobbyists for ACCF on Climate Change Policy and the Kyoto Protocol for the years 1998, 1999, and 2001-2003, from which position they argued that Kyoto Protocol would have a severe negative economic impact on the US economy. During this same period, ACCF received $900,000 in funding from Exxon-Mobil.
It’s international offshoot, the ICCF, was founded in 2002 as claims to focus on “reducing tax, regulatory, anti-trust, and trade barriers”. However, its website contains almost nothing other that material relating climate change, all of which focusses on the organisation’s efforts to undermine the Kyoyo Protocol.
The third Western think-tank to which Illiaronov is connected, Canada’s ‘Fraser Institute’ is also the one linked to Steve McIntyre. The Fraser Institute is yet another free market think tank, which broadly considered to the Canadian counterpart of the US Cato Institute.
One of its senior fellows is Ross McKitrick, co-author, with Stephen McIntyre of two papers, “Corrections to the Mann et. al. (1998) Proxy Data Base and Northern Hemisphere Average Temperature Series” and “Hockey Sticks, Principal Components and Spurious Significance”, which purport to debunk the ‘hockey stick graph’ and, more broadly, the use of tree-ring chronologies in paleoclimatology.
Shortly after publication, 13 of the authors whose work was cited in Soon and Baliunas’s paper disputed his interpretation of their research, with the result that half the journal’s editorial board resigned in protest at what they felt was a serious failure of the peer review process on the part of the journal.
The paper, itself, was part funded the American Petroleum Institute, which contributed a total of $53,000 to Soon and Baliunas’s research, Both were also, at the time, paid consultants working for the George C Marshall Institute, another right-wing think tank that received funding from Exxon-Mobil (until 2008) and whose CEO is a former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Petroleum Institute.
Far from originating with ‘The Russians’, the allegation that scientists at the Hadley Centre ‘probably‘ manipulated Russian climate data originated from within a tightly-knit and closely connected circle of known global warming deniers, all of whom are linked to right-wing think-tanks.
None of these facts about the IEA and its background were disclosed by James Delingpole to readers of the Daily Telegraph on his blog.
'Unity' is a regular contributor to Liberal Conspiracy. He also blogs at Ministry of Truth.
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