During the question and answer session of last week's William Schlesinger/John Christy
global warming debate, Schlesinger was asked how many members of United Nation's
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were actual climate scientists.
It is well known that many if not most of its members are not scientists at all.
Its president for example is an economist. This question came after Schlesinger had
cited the IPCC as an authority for his position. His answer was quite telling. First
he broadened it to include not just climate scientists but also those who have had
"some dealing with the climate." His complete answer was that he thought, "something
on the order of 20 percent have had some dealing with climate." In other words, even
IPCC worshiper William Schlesinger is now acknowledging that 80 percent of the IPCC
membership have had absolutely no dealing with the climate as part of their academic