The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a group of scientists from scores of countries that study the effects of climate change.  Their findings have provided scientific backbone to policy debates about how much carbon emissions should be reduced over how long a period of time to stem the most dramatic effects of climate change.  In other words, they are an invaluable resource to humanity. 

This is something that the Nobel Commitee recoginized when it awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize to the IPCC.  Someone who apparently does not share this view is one Blaine Luetkemeymer, the representative of the 9th district of Missouri in the United States Congress.  He thinks the IPCC is “international junk science.” Accordingly, he just introduced a bill that would block the United States from funding the IPCC.  

For kicks, his press release says:  “Luetkemeyer’s legislation would prohibit U.S. contributions to the IPCC, which is nothing more than a group of U.N. bureaucrats that supports man-made claims on global warming that many scientists disagree with.” (emphasis mine)

It would seem that Mr. Luetkemeyer’s know-nothingism extends to English grammar. 

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