Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr. says the report “misrepresents his own research and that it wrongly concludes that climate change is already responsible for an increase in damages from natural disasters.”
[Why] is a report characterized by [White House] Science Advisor John Holdren as being the “most up-to-date, authoritative, and comprehensive” analysis relying on a secondary, non-peer source citing another non-peer reviewed source from 2000 to support a claim that a large amount of uncited and more recent peer-reviewed literature says the opposite about?
It's because there's money to be made and power to be taken by the Warmists and their socialist allies. Truth and scientific integrity have absolutely nothing to do with the AGW debate, at least as far as the Warmists are concerned.
Listening on NPR the other day, a report about on a meeting by those looking to find ways to offset global warming through climate engineering got my hackles up. The report was based upon the assumption that AGW is real, that the science has been settled, and that no other discussion is required or wanted. Yet the reality is that many actual scientists (unlike many of the so-called scientists involved with the IPCC report that were instead economists, journalists, financiers, or politicians), particularly those involved in fields actually related to climatology and meteorology, have grave doubts about AGW and the UN IPCC report. Some of those scientists originally supported the IPCC report, but now question the conclusions and the 'science' behind them.
As an aside, I do have questions for the Warmists they have failed to answer so far:
Why do you assume a warmer world will necessarily be a Bad Thing™? History shows that warmer climates in the past (the Roman Warm Period and the Medieval Warm Period) were quite beneficial to just about everyone on the planet. How can you say that this time it will be just the opposite? How did you reach your conclusions?
I won't be holding my breath waiting for answers.
(H/T Instapundit by way of Maggie's Farm)