Pachauri and Sexual Harassment

On February 20th a 29-year old research analyst filed a complaint with the Delhi police alleging that Rajendra Pachauri engaged in a long series of sexual harassment activities. The Delhi police have registered a FIR (First Information Report) against Pachauri. The incident has been reported in two Indian newspapers, The Indian Express and The Economic Times.

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Rajendra Pachauri is chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He’s 74 years old and is also former director general of a research organization called TERI and chancellor of TERI University in India.

He’s an engineer, not a scientist and was heavily pushed for the IPCC post by the Bush administration.

He is the author of Return to Almora, a romance novel published in 2010. The novel is in the form of the reminiscences of a retired bureaucrat, once an engineering student, about his spiritual and sexual past.

I have called for Pachauri’s resignation repeatedly, albeit for reasons totally unrelated to these charges. TERI had to resubmit their accounts for auditing after large sums of undeclared income were found to have been directed to the organization.

People might remember that the IPCC was involved in a controversy regarding Himalayan glaciers, which their 4th Assessment Report predicted would disappear in 2035, a mistake that they corrected when pointed out.

Pachauri was informed of the issue long beforehand, but ridiculed the scientist who informed him, saying he was practicing ‘voodoo science.’ However, the scientist was absolutely correct. Perhaps worse, Pachauri’s TERI was at the time bidding on a consulting job to study melting ice in the Himalayas. Although TERI won the bid, the contract was withdrawn, apparently due to the controversy.

If these latest allegations prove true, it is hard to see Pachauri finishing out his final year as IPCC chairman. Perhaps he can join Al Gore in the Hall of Shame for climate opportunists, under the category of sex offender.

3 responses to “Pachauri and Sexual Harassment

  1. Sad News.
    Ernest Sternglass passed away February 12th. Many people will remember him as the foremost critic of nuclear testing and the nuclear power industry. Some of us remember him as a proponent of a new variation of LeMaitre cosmology and author of what I will refer to as the Sternglass Hypothesis — the base 2 logarithm of the ratio of the electrostatic to gravitational force in the hydrogen atom is equal to the inverse of the fine structure constant.

    I first met Ernest in 1969. I went with several other physics undergrads to a talk he gave on infant mortality and above ground nuclear tests. We were impressed and immediately volunteered to work on his latest project. There was a ton of data to analyze and I didn’t see what he saw in it. We had a disagreement and we went our separate ways.

    We met again in 1993 at Eric Lerner’s The Big Bang Never Happened conference. He gave an impressive summary of his latest cosmology. I wanted to talk more about it but I wondered if I should reintroduce myself. During the break, he went through his brief case, got a stack of papers together and walked straight over to me. He laid out in front of me graph after graph of statistics showing correlations between low levels of radiation and various cancers. I was flabbergasted. Not only did he recognize me. He remembered the last conversation we had. He picked up the argument we had 24 years previous and he won the argument.

    We met at other conferences and we resumed our friendship. He was a major intellectual influence in my life and, I’m sure, many others. Thank you Dr.Sternglass. You will be missed.

  2. In one of our discussions, the late Ernest Sternglass mentioned what he thought were the origins of CAGW hysteria. The conversation was 22 years ago, before it had the same battle lines as now. The political right was still pushing it. And my memory isn’t perfect, but here is the jest of what he said.

    The most powerful countries in the world took the smartest men they could find and paid them obscene salaries to develop weapons that were unthinkable. These men took the money, realized the demons they unleashed and felt guilty. So they did what all intelligent people do when they feel guilty; they rationalize. They told themselves that something good would come out of what they did. They told themselves that so many times they convinced themselves. They convinced themselves that they could bring cheap energy to the world and that would bring peace.
    Unfortunately being the smart men that they were, realized just how much it was starting to cost. So they looked for another way to fool themselves. The only advantage that nuclear has over fossil fuels was that it didn’t produce CO2. So they really wanted to believe that co2 was evil and they produced the technology that could save the world from it.
    If you haven’t worked in the physical sciences, you probably don’t realize the money and clout that the nuclear labs have and how they’ve been demonizing co2 for 40 years.

    Alarmists like to say that skeptics are using the tactics of the tobacco industry. But take a good look. The alarmists are using the tactics that the nuclear industry used in the 70’s and 80’s: appeal to authority, invent a consensus, and smear your opponents. Back then it was pinkos, now it’s deniers.

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