Open Thread 52

Time for more thread.


  1. #1 jakerman
    August 22, 2010

    Abbott’s promise to stop the new taxes and stop the waste are [mutually contradictory](

  2. #2 frank
    August 22, 2010

    John McLean’s latest ‘exposé’ of the IPCC commits many of the same errors he himself so vehemently rails against:

  3. #3 chek
    August 24, 2010

    Here’s a recent example of what the UK’s BBC likes to project as ‘balance’.

    On the Newsnight program was an item on the floods in Pakistan with the subtext ‘could they be blamed on global warming’?

    In the blue corner was Dr Ghassem Asrar, who is currently the Director of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy Administrator for Natural Resources and Agricultural Systems with Agricultural Research Service (ARS), of the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2006–2008, after 20 years of service with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Ghassem served as the chief scientist for the Earth Observing System in the Office of Earth Science at NASA headquarters prior to being named the Associate Administrator for Earth Science in 1998. Ghassem is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Distinguished Rank Executive Award (2002) and is an elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (2001). He has received numerous awards and honors, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Goddard Memorial Lecture Medal, NASA Distinguished Leadership Medal and the Space Systems Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Ghassem earned graduate degrees in civil engineering and environmental physics from Michigan State University, United States of America.
    He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific and technical papers, primarily in the fields of biosphere and atmosphere studies, and has edited several reference books on remote sensing.

    And in the red corner, blogger Andrew Montford with a BSc in chemistry, a career in accountancy and who wrote a conspiracy book.

    In the interests of balance, Montford was allowed the last word. “I think mankind is affecting the climate but whether it’s a little bit or a lot, I think in reality we just don’t know”.

    That royal “we” is a nice touch implying that Montford speaks for us all, when in reality it’s to prevent him sounding clueless and saying “I don’t know”.

  4. #4 Dave R
    August 26, 2010

    [Rajendra Pachauri cleared of financial misdealings](

    >The head of the UN’s climate science panel did not abuse his position to enrich himself, according to an independent review of his finances by the accountants KPMG that was published publicly for the first time today.

  5. #5 Bernard J.
    August 27, 2010

    It’s time that Pachauri stood on his front foot and instructed his lawyer – if not for his own sake, then for the integrity of climate science.

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