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I think they kind of buried the lede in this piece by Justin Rowlatt and Tom Gerken at BBC/i> on countries lobbying the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

A huge leak of documents seen by BBC News shows how countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change.

The leak reveals Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels.

It also shows some wealthy nations are questioning paying more to poorer states to move to greener technologies.

This “lobbying” raises questions for the COP26 climate summit in November.

The short version is that fossil fuel-producing countries or major users of fossil fuels want the UN to downplay climate change understandably enough. To my eye the lede is that these UN reports are produced after extensive lobbying. Kind of throws a damper on the notion of these agencies as technocratic in nature, doesn’t it?

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  • Drew Link

    All the major institutions are politicized to a degree I have never seen before. Health care related, education related, law enforcement, media……….

    Merrick Garland writes a memo referring to school parents as domestic terrorists and then tries to Clinton-speak his way out of it yesterday. The NIH releases the smoking gun memo on Fauci. You know nothing will come of it. A lawyer doctors a memo to gain a FISA warrant and gets a wrist slap, but Gen Flynn is ruined?

    These sorts of things are very corrosive over time.

  • Drew Link

    Timing is everything.

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