This whole climate change issue is unravelling like a Sherlock Holmes novel of old, or Midsummer Murders on TV.
The IPCC was established in 1988 but it was only after its assessment reports of 2001 that the plot gathered momentum. Opposition started mounting between then and the 2007 assessment reports. The attached memo refers to the events during the 2005/06 period with the emphasis on the Stern Review. I responded vigorously but without effect.
Others had similar reservations but we were outnumbered. Nevertheless, the other side was forced on the defensive as it was patently unable to substantiate its alarmist claims.
Then, out of the blue in November last year the Climategate scandal hit the Internet. Less than a month later we witnessed the ignominious collapse of the Copenhagen conference. It was saved by last minute discussions between President Obama of the US and the heads of state of the BASIC nations (Brazil, South Africa, India and China). Other Western nations were sidelined including the UK and the EU.
Then came a flood of exposures of the antics of those who compiled the IPCC's assessment reports.
These were followed by cover up investigations of the UK House of Commons and the UN bodies. But these did not address the fundamental differences in the basic science.