The latest volley from the Australian is an article by John McLean. You might remember him as the guy who kept steering Andrew Bolt into brick walls. He’s now styling himself as a “climate data analyst and a member of the Australian Climate Science Coalition”, which might sound impressive if you didn’t know that the only qualification he holds is a Bachelor of Architecture and that the Australian Climate Science Coalition doesn’t contain any climate scientists.
Anyway, his article is just a rehash of his earlier one where he accused the IPCC of lying about the scientific support for his reports. McLean claims that:
We are also led to believe that chapter nine [of the AR4 WG1 report] was widely supported by hundreds of reviewers, but just 62 IPCC reviewers commented on its penultimate draft. Only five of those reviewers endorsed it but four of the five appear to have vested interests and the other made just one comment for the entire 11-chapter WG1 contribution.
The trick McLean is using is to only count explicit endorsements of one particular draft, when in fact if any of the hundreds of reviewers disagreed with the conlusions of chapter 9, they could have said so in a comment. Also, McLean counts someone as having a vested interest if they were an IPCC author, or an IPCC author of a previous assessment, or if any of their work was cited by the report, or if they worked for a government, or if they work for an organization that gets government funding, or if they have a “possible commercial vested interest in the claim of man-made warming”.
Barry Brook also commented on McLean’s piece.