International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

2008/05/22

Angry scientists, Wisconsin edition

Filed under: climate conspiracy theories,Heartland 500 list,news — stepanovich @ 11:36

cite as: F. Bi. 2008. Angry scientists, Wisconsin edition. Intl. J. Inact., 1:48

The Capital Times author Mike Ivey, who covered the “Heartland 500” fiasco a while ago, is now back with another news item! Apparently, there are now a further 5 more angry scientists:

In fact, the UW [University of Wisconsin] has now written a letter to Chicago-based Heartland [Institute] on behalf of five scientists who want their names removed, including John Kutzbach, the former head of the UW Center for Climate Research.

Of course, the Heartland Institute won’t have any of that. Instead it chooses to engage in conspiracy theorizing:

“In the highly politicized debate over climate change, it isn’t surprising that some scientists now regret that their own scholarly work has contradicted key tenets of the alleged ‘consensus’ promoted by Al Gore and other global warming alarmists,” Heartland publisher Dan Miller says. “I can sympathize with their plight, but I won’t be a party to their self-serving efforts to hide the implications of that research.”

The article also includes a sort of clarification that there were actually two lists of skeptics, though it doesn’t specify what the “list of 1,500 scientists and businesspeople” is — it doesn’t sound like the Manhattan Declaration list. Still, kudos to Ivey for trying to straighten the record!

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