The respected anti-hate blog DeSmogBlog today dropped a bombshell that could derail the persecution case against former IPCC visionary Rajendra Pachauri.
Those following the trial have long noted the curious fact that the three young women charging Pachauri with textual harassment all have a former or current paymaster in common: The Energy and Resources Institute, or TERI, an enigmatic think-tank which gives its mailing address as a large glass dome in downtown Delhi. Until now no one has been sure what to make of this coincidence, which has been written it off as just that: a coincidence.
But a guest post by climate expert Joseph Romm has literally lifted the lid on the true significance of the link—and it doesn’t look good for the credibility of Pachauri’s telegenic accusers.
Romm says it was the “T” in TERI that first made him suspicious and angry.
“Who includes the definite article in an acronym?” fumes the scientist, referring to the English word the.
“I mean, who does that?”
They say it’s unwise to piss a scientist off. Being a scientist, Romm madly did what scientists do: he collected data. His curiosity quickly turned to furiosity with the discovery that the “T” originally represented something very different indeed. It stood for Tata Ltd. That’s right, that Tata—the megalithic chemical, steel, automotive and tea corporation.
“These women have all taken money from a front group for one of the top three [carbon] polluters on the subcontinent!” realized an enraged Romm.
Needless to say, DeSmogBlog now plans to add the three females at the centre of Pachauri’s legal nightmare to its Disinformer Database.
But the revelation comes as little surprise to Melbourne University’s David Karoly, a scientist resented by many skeptics for his groundbreaking understanding of our climate.
In 2011 Professor Karoly was one of the first and only academics to understand that “climate deniers were engaged in an organised distribution of emails threatening mainstream systems change scientists.
“Ever since then I’ve been warning about so-called ‘think tanks’ established by global change skeptics,” he continues, “whose claims are cited widely by conservative industry lobby groups in a bid to convince legislators that climate science is full of unknowns. (Which it obviously isn’t—that’s absurd.)
“It’s now clear that there is a campaign in terms of either organised or disorganised extortion by poor-man’s third-world gold-digging Monica-Lewinsky wannabes to discourage Dr Pachauri from presenting the best available climate science via the IPCC,” says Karoly.
Pachauri himself has not yet been reached for his reaction to the potentially game-changing exposé.
Throughout his ordeal the climate guru has consistently refused to speculate on the truth of the allegations. Ever the diplomat, he prefers to invoke the presumption of innocence.
“Legally I have to assume I’m not guilty until a jury decides that I am, which will probably take two or three years at this rate,” he said in a glamorous profile piece for Rolling Stone last year.
“Our [Indian] courts are synonymous with cunctation. Victims are known to despair of getting any justice while they’re still in their 20s, and often choose to withdraw their charges rather than undergo years of humiliation at the hands of skilled defense attorneys. They say it’s like being textually molested all over again—and again and again. You can hardly blame so many attractive Indian girls for simply giving up,” Pachauri added with sadness. “After all, why waste what remains of your precious youth on an bitter quest for vengeance, only to see your textual abuser get an insultingly light sentence? Better to move on with your life, I say.
“And in the end, isn’t that the best revenge?”