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Allegations in UK daily are climate sceptics’ lies,says Pachauri

RK Pachauri,chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),has dismissed all...

Written by Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi |
December 21, 2009 4:22:14 am

RK Pachauri,chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),has dismissed all charges of financial impropriety levelled against him by a prominent London newspaper.

The accusations,published in the The Sunday Telegraph,were coming from the same group of people who had tried unsuccessfully to discredit the IPCC and the “irrefutable science” on climate change by hacking personal emails of some scientists a few weeks ago,Pachauri said.

“Nothing much of substance has been found in the hacking controversy. So this is another attempt by the climate sceptics to discredit the IPCC. They now want to go after me and hope that it would serve their purpose,” Pachauri told The Indian Express on Sunday evening.

The contents of the hacked emails purportedly showed that some of scientists had exaggerated the impact of global warming.

In a lengthy article today,The Sunday Telegraph cast serious aspersions on Pachauri’s “business deals” and alleged that he had “established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organizations dependent on the IPCC’s policy recommendations”.

The sweeping accusations made by the newspaper involve not just Pachauri and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI),of which he is the director general,but also the Tata group of companies which had set up TERI,though under the different name of Tata Energy Research Insititute.

It lists several organizations,including the Credit Suisse bank,the Rockefeller Foundation and Yale University,with whom Pachauri is associated in various ways,and alleges that Pachauri “remains silent” on “how much money he is paid for all these important posts,which must run into millions of dollars”.

Pachauri said there was no substance in the allegations.

“Frankly,I would not even like to respond to them. Every single payment that I receive goes to my organization (TERI) which is non-profit organization. The extra money that my organization generates goes into the ‘Lighting a Billion Lights’ campaign that TERI has launched. These allegations are nothing but lies,” he said.

Pachauri said for his recent appointment as head of Yale University’s climate institute,the university had to take legal opinion and deviate from practice to accommodate his condition that his honorarium be sent to TERI.

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