The former chairman of the United Nation’s climate panel, Rajendra Pachauri, has been charged with stalking and harassing a female researcher who worked at the New Delhi environmental think tank he’s headed for over three decades. Pachauri has denied the allegations, though he resigned last year from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and his “think tank,” The Energy Research Institute (TERI), according to the Press Trust of India.
Oddly enough, he was appointed last month to another high level post at TERI, and shortly thereafter a second woman, who had worked there for only a year, came forward with additional allegations. Police, and TERI’s own internal complaints committee, launched separate investigations. The TERI committee examined evidence presented by the researcher, and questioned nearly 50 other employees. It concluded that the allegations leveled against Pachauri were valid. Police have charged Pachauri, 75, with sexual harassment, stalking and criminal intimidation of the 29-year-old woman.
Pachauri chaired the climate panel- considered the world’s premier authority on climate science- since 2002, and accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on its behalf. (An award shared with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore).
Ironically, it appears Pachauri caused an inhospitable climate in his work environment. As he himself was getting hotter, his underlings (and possibly his under-things) paid the price. By refusing to be accountable for his actions, ignoring the preponderance of the evidence against him and outright denying the allegations, this “man of science” has branded himself a “denier.”
(The Nobel Peace Prize is still held in high regard by progressives, in part because, over the course of 115 years, it has been awarded to Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Kofi Annan, Yasser Arafat and assorted other terrorists, socialists, criminals, cranks and poke-noses).