The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert (2011) by Donna Laframboise is an extraordinarily badly titled book about an important subject. The book looks at how the IPCC process has been subverted from disinterested science into environmental advocacy. The book’s title reflects the overly sensationalistic way that Laframboise approaches the subject.
Laframboise makes the allegations that the IPCC has misrepresented itself by saying that it relies almost only on peer-reviewed science when it in fact references huge amounts of ‘grey’ literature, often the work of environmental advocacy groups. She also points out that lead authors are often not really experts on the field that their chapters are about, particularly in the case of the sections on disease and cyclone damage. Laframboise also details how inexperienced authors without PhDs but with the required country of origin also were lead authors. The inclusion of the Hockey Stick and the vastly inadequate way in which it was included in the IPCC reports is also outlined. For skeptics who have read around much of the material will be familiar but there is also likely to be something new.
Much of what she writes will be familiar to anyone who reads the major skeptic blogs. Laframboise also runs the ‘No Frakking Consensus’ site herself. Unfortunately instead of calmly collating the severe problems with the IPCC as Roger Pielke Jnr has better done in The Climate Fix Laframboise winds up being over the top in her criticisms.