A majority of the senior scientists responsible for producing the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s draft report are affiliated with environmental activist groups, investigative journalist Donna Laframboise reports. Of the 13 senior scientists who put together USGCRP’s January 2013 draft report, seven have ties to activist groups such as the Union of Concerned Scientists and the World Wildlife Fund.
Roll Call of Activists
Chair Jerry Melillo is a contributing author for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Vice Chair Gary Yohe is part of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Witness Program.
Richard Moss is a former vice president for WWF.
James Buizer is on the Board of Directors of the environmental activist group Second Nature.
Susanne Moser is a former staff scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Andrew Rosenberg is a director for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Donald Weubbles is an author for the Union of Concerned Scientists.]
Activism at Concerned Scientists
Laframboise noted the Union of Concerned Scientists is more activist and less scientific than its name suggests.
“And then there’s the Union of Concerned Scientists. Rather than being limited to those with scientific credentials, membership in that US-based lobby group is open to anyone with a credit card,” Laframboise observed on her website, No Frakking Consensus.
“As environmental writer Mark Lynas observed recently, this is ‘one of the most ideological of all the green groups.’” Laframboise explained.
Beholden to United Nations
In addition to being heavily activist, the USGCRP panel is heavily involved with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and unlikely to pursue independent thinking. Eight of the 13 USGCRP senior scientists participate in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“Inspires confidence all around, don’t you think?” Laframboise observed.<