From “historycommons”: February 6, 2001: ExxonMobil Lobbyist Calls on White House to Remove Certain Government Climate Scientists
“In a memo to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), ExxonMobil lobbyist Randy Randol denounces esteemed climate scientist Robert Watson, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as someone “handpicked by Al Gore” who is using the media to get “coverage for his views.” Thus he asks, “Can Watson be replaced now at the request of the US?” In addition to Watson, Randol names other climate experts who he wants “removed from their positions of influence.” A year later, the Bush administration will block Watson’s reelection as IPCC chairman. [Randol, 2/6/2005 ; Mother Jones, 5/2005]”
This is part of a much broader pattern of “conservative” actors making sure that the “deciders” only hear information that supports the “do nothing serious” brigade. Much the same dynamic was playing out in Australia at the same time, with similar results (not that scientific advice, on its own, matters).
Other things that happened on this day:
1995 The final meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (number 11) opens in New York. The Berlin Cop is only a month away, and the INC is a fierce battleground, with much ink and metaphorical blood spilled. The INC, which had first met in February 1991, is superseded by the Ad Hoc Group on the Berlin Mandate after the Berlin meeting.