There is a post today by Judy Curry
that very clearly and effectively summarizes how the IPCC process and a set of climate scientists have compromised the scientific process. Judy’s discussion fits closely with my experience as to how the events have unfolded.
Among her insightful statements are
“…..the policy cart was put before the scientific horse, justified by the precautionary principle. Once the UNFCCC treaty was a done deal, the IPCC and its scientific conclusions were set on a track to become a self fulfilling prophecy.”
“National and international science programs were funded to support the IPCC objectives”
“So were the scientists innocent victims and pawns in all this? Were they just hardworking scientists doing their best to address the impossible expectations of the policy makers? Well, many of them were. However, at the heart of the IPCC is a cadre of scientists whose careers have been made by the IPCC. These scientists have used the IPCC to jump the normal meritocracy process by which scientists achieve influence over the politics of science and policy. Not only has this brought some relatively unknown, inexperienced and possibly dubious people into positions of influence, but these people become vested in protecting the IPCC, which has become central to their own career and legitimizes playing power politics with their expertise.”
I recommend reading the her entire post.