IPCC Chief Pachauri Resigns – Too much on his hands

Posted: February 24, 2015 by tallbloke in Accountability

  1. tallbloke says:

    IPCC Chief resigns with credibility shredded.

    Natalie Bennett shreds Green party’s credibility in car crash interview.

    Malcom Rifkind resigns as head of snoopers committee and is to step down as MP.

    Not a bad day so far. Who’s next? 🙂

  2. colliemum says:

    A pretty good day all round, isn’t it!
    Choo Choo resigned, Rifkind gone, Tim Farron caught with his hands in the till (not gone yet) and Natalie Bennett’s hilarious, stellar car cash of an interview …
    Pretty good, innit!

  3. Rather; he had too much on his hands.

    Donna Laframboise, who’s been investigating the IPCC for (too) many years writes:
    “Yes, the IPCC – which we’re told to take seriously because it is a scientific body producing scientific reports – has, in fact, been led by an environmentalist on a mission. By someone for whom protecting the planet is a religious calling.

    Even here, at the end, Pachauri fails to grasp that science and religion don’t belong in the same sentence; that those on a political mission are unlikely to be upholders of rigorous scientific practice.

    What’s missing from this letter is any suggestion of remorse. When a scandal-plagued leader resigns because his alleged misdeeds are nuking his organization’s reputation, that is a mark of failure. He has let everyone down.”

    Startling is that he also lacks recognition and acknowledgement of impropriety.

  4. sidefxny says:

    Wonder if it had anything to do with Mark Steyn’s brilliant and hysterically funny piece in today’s Steyn on LIne. Keep up the good work- the Pen is mightier than the Sword!


  5. tallbloke says:

    IPCC has acted quickly to install a new face:

    NAIROBI, Feb 24 – The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agreed
    on Tuesday, in accordance with its procedures, to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting
    IPCC Chair. The designation of Gizouli follows the decision by Rajendra K Pachauri, PhD, to step
    down as Chairman of the IPCC effective today.
    The decision to name Gizouli was taken at a Session of the Bureau ahead of the 41st Session of
    the IPCC, which is being held on 24-27 February 2015.
    “The actions taken today will ensure that the IPCC’s mission to assess climate change continues
    without interruption,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment
    Programme (UNEP), who facilitated the Bureau meeting. “We look forward to a productive session
    in Nairobi this week.”
    Elections for a new Bureau, including the IPCC Chair, for the next assessment cycle are already
    scheduled at the 42nd Session of the IPCC in October 2015.
    Dr Pachauri was elected to the first of two terms as Chair of the IPCC in April 2002 and had been
    scheduled to complete his second term in October.

    Gizouli’s CV

  6. tallbloke says:

    Lubos Motl has a characteristically irreverant take on proceedings. 🙂

    “replaced by Ismail El Gizouli. This vice-chairman representing Africa is famous for this December 2013 YouTube video hit. It seems to be the only publicly available web page about this Gentleman and when I was embedding it into this blog post, it had 8 views (and 2 of them counted the electronic devices of your humble correspondent). Quite a rock star!”

  7. John, UK says:

    Could give Natalie Bennett a run for her money…..
    I assume at some point this guy actually achieved something to get in this position, but perhaps that’s an assumption too far.

  8. Doug Proctor says:

    Pure culture of entitlement.

    Our David Suzuki has used his green creds to get good-looking young women as “security” while at a university campus to give a talk. Canadians are milder offenders as per our culture, but it is on the same principle.

    Kessinger said power is the best aphrodisiac. What he didn’t say was that the stimulus worked primarily for the powerful; the weak, not so much.

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  10. kuhnkat says:

    “…too much on his hands”

    Well, if he would just wash them afterwards…

  11. tallbloke says:

    By Associated Press February 26 at 7:43 AM
    NEW DELHI — A court on Thursday barred the former chairman of the U.N. climate panel from leaving India, where he faces charges of sexually harassing a woman at his New Delhi energy institute.

    The court also said R.K. Pachauri could not be arrested until after March 27, while he undergoes hospital treatment for hypertension. But it prohibited him from entering or contacting anyone at the research and lobbying organization he heads, called The Energy Resources Institute.

    Pachauri had chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from 2002 until Tuesday, when he resigned after a 29-year-old woman accused him of stalking and sexually harassing her while they worked together at TERI.

    A police report said the woman gave police dozens of text messages and emails that she alleged had been sent by Pachauri. A Delhi court on Monday ordered Pachauri to cooperate in the investigation.

    Pachauri, 74, has denied the allegations and pledged to cooperate with the investigation. He has also taken a leave of absence from TERI until the case is resolved.

    On Wednesday, he entered a hospital for cardiac treatment after developing hypertension and stress brought on by the case, his lawyer Shankh Sengupta said. In 2010, Pachauri had undergone a stent procedure, and was under constant monitoring.

    “His condition aggravated suddenly a few days back, and he was rushed to the hospital,” Sengupta told Press Trust of India.

    The accusations against Pachauri have caused outrage in India, where women face a stigma against discussing issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Several recent high-profile cases suggest, however, that women are beginning to feel more comfortable going public with reports of sexual assaults — an important breakthrough in a country where men feel emboldened to commit crimes because they know women experience such a stigma.

    In 2013, an editor of an Indian magazine known for exposing abuses of power was arrested after a young female colleague accused him of sexually assaulting her in a hotel elevator during a conference.

  12. linneamogren says:

    Turns out he was also intimidating women who he bother before and left the IPCC by telling ” he had a long reach ” Nice guy !! Not to mention he backed the fraud of Indian glaciergate.

  13. tallbloke says:

    Messiah complexes do strange things to people. No excuse for his behaviour though.

  14. Don’t get your hopes up.

    When James Hansen was purged from GISS there was a chance that things would improve but Gavin Schmidt made sure that “Business as Usual” would prevail.

    In the wake of Pachauri’s departure one might hope that better leadership would emerge. Fuhgeddaboudit! There is less than a 1% probability that the IPCC will change significantly.

  15. tallbloke says:


    Climate chief Rajendra Pachauri faces more sex claims
    Amanda Hodge
    FEBRUARY 28, 2015 12:00AM

    RAJENDRA Pachauri, until this week one of the world’s most influ­ential climate politicians, has been grounded in India and barred from the Delhi institute which provided the springboard for his chairmanship of the International Panel on Climate Change, as a third woman came forward alleging sexual harassment.

    The trained economist and engin­eer resigned as chairman of the Geneva-based climate scientists’ panel on Tuesday after alleg­a­tions of sustained sexual harassment made by a 29-year-old research assistant of The Energ­y Research Institute became public, though he has strenuously protested his innocence.

    A Delhi lower court extended Dr Pachauri’s bail on Thursday to March 27, on the conditions that he co-operate with police investig­ations, seeks permission before leaving the country and stays away from TERI offices, employees or witnesses.

    Dr Pachauri was hospitalised earlier this week with cardiac stress, and his lawyer told the court the TERI director-general was to undergo open heart surgery.

    In that time, two other former TERI female employees have made similar claims of workplace sexual harassment by the 75-year-old, who holds 23 honorary doctorates and numerous influential board positions including with UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank and Bill Clinton’s Climate Initiative.

    Neither woman has yet lodged a formal complaint.

    Acting for the two women, human rights lawyer and women’s activist Vrinda Grover said: “Presently there are three (women making allegations) but I would not close the list as there are many that are not speaking out.”

    Dr Pachauri faces charges of outraging a woman’s modesty, stalking, sexual harassment and criminal intimidation and a potential five-year jail sentence.

    The original complainant’s police report, seen by The Weekend Australian, alleges that harassment by the TERI chief began within days of him joining the organ­isation in September 2013 and quickly escalated.

    “On many occasions”, and despite her continued resistance, he would forcibly grab her, hug and kiss her, hold her hand and make sexual overtones, it claims.

    The report contains several dozen pages of toe-curling text, email and WhatsApp correspondence allegedly from the former climate tsar, as well as self-written odes of love and self-flagellation under such titles as My Classical Indian Beauty, I Shall Withdraw and Evil and Sinful Idiot.

    The woman, who cannot be named under Indian law, told The Weekend Australian the level of harassment from Dr Pachauri was so “intense” she became consumed by working out how to spurn his advances.

    “I would deal with this every day; how to shake him off during the day, through the evening, on the weekends. I tried everything, everything I knew.

    “I used to think: ‘How can someone like him, who does not even have the basic decency of respect­ing his colleagues, be in such a position?’ ”

    In much of the alleged correspondence, Dr Pachauri acknowledges the unrequited nature of his ardour.

    In October 2013 he allegedly wrote: “What haunts me are your words from the last time … that I ‘grabbed­’ your ‘body’. That would apply to someone who would want to molest you. I have loved you in soul, mind and heart and your body is as sacred to me as your soul.”

    In an SMS five days later, appears to have been sent as he chaired an IPCC meeting.

    “You are rejecting my fervent offer to keep and nurture my heart! :(here I am sitting and chairing an IPCC meeting and surreptitiously sending you messages. I hope that tells you of my feelings for you!)”

    By December last year, however, the complainant claims the relationship soured over her request to fly economy class, rather than be seated with Dr Pachauri in business class, to Norway, where he was keynote speaker at a climate conference.

    “You should reflect on the massive insult you heaped on me by indicating I was so toxic you would prefer not to sit next to me on the plane. You are welcome to remain a paid guest of TERI. I really would not burden you with any work in the future,” he allegedly wrote, adding that he planned to have her reassigned.

    Dr Pachauri initially claimed he was the victim of a pernicious hacker when the allegations first surfaced, but has since suggested they are the sour grapes of a sub-standard employee.

    However, the complainant told The Weekend Australian that Dr Pachauri renewed her employment contract for a further three years last November, just a few weeks before threatening to transfer her.

    She also revealed that the former IPCC chairman tried to contact her four days after she filed her complaint.

    While Dr Pachauri has surrendered his laptop and several mobil­e phones for investigation, investigating officers told the court that memory cards were missing.

    Additional Reporting: Kanwaljeet Singh