500 Scientists with Documented Doubts - about the Heartland Institute?

UPDATE: we have received notes now from 45 outraged scientists whose names appear on the list of 500. We've published more quotes here.

Dozens of scientists are demanding that their names be removed from a widely distributed Heartland Institute article entitled 500 Scientists with Documented Doubts of Man-Made Global Warming Scares.

The article, by Hudson Institute director and Heartland “Senior Fellow” Dennis T. Avery (inset), purports to list scientists whose work contradicts the overwhelming scientific agreement that human-induced climate change is endangering the world as we know it.

DeSmogBlog manager Kevin Grandia emailed 122 of the scientists yesterday afternoon, calling their attention to the list. So far - in less than 24 hours - three dozen of those scientists had responded in outrage, denying that their research supports Avery's conclusions and demanding that their names be removed.

This is a brief taste of some of the responses that have been copied to the DeSmogBlog so

I am horrified to find my name on such a list. I have spent the last 20 years arguing the opposite.”

Dr. David Sugden. Professor of Geography, University of Edinburgh

I have NO doubts ..the recent changes in global climate ARE man-induced. I insist that you immediately remove my name from this list since I did not give you permission to put it there.”

Dr. Gregory Cutter, Professor, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University

I don't believe any of my work can be used to support any of the statements listed in the article.”

Dr. Robert Whittaker, Professor of Biogeography, University of Oxford

Please remove my name. What you have done is totally unethical!!”

Dr. Svante Bjorck, Geo Biosphere Science Centre, Lund University

I'm outraged that they've included me as an “author” of this report. I do not share the views expressed in the summary.”

Dr. John Clague, Shrum Research Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University

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I note the absence of some prominent (in their minds) figures who feel that they have evidence that the warming is natural. Does this mean that even Avery doesn’t believe them? Or, did he have some criterion for inclusion in the list of unwitting “co-authors”, such as some evidence of original research in the area?

Tim Lambert et al are looking into this at Deltoid. There doesn’t appear to be a single reason for all of the names being there, but a common thread seems to be “have written studies cited by inactivists”. So in other words, if McKitrick and McIntyre challenge the consensus, and they cite Michael Mann, then Michael Mann *MUST* of course also deny the consensus! (Yes, he’s on the list.)

Are their tactics *that* desperate?

Why on earth would you link McKitrick and McIntyre to this story? They have no involvment whatsover with this story.

Because they are not only listed, but their website is listed, and they have supported this conclusion in the past (see the websites listed, numerous entries).

And, let’s see now, are they among people who are outraged that they are in the list? Not so far.

McIntyre, Steven, www.climateaudit.org
McKitrick, R., www.climateaudit.org

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Paul, what have ANY of these people on the list got to do with it? The sheer lunacy of Avery listing them as co-authors defies comprehension.

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I remember when this went down. They tried to sweep it under the rug and then it became a big deal. Not sure where things are now exactly. security guard training

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I wondered why there hadn’t been many posts lately - Kevin’s been busy emailing a lot of scientists - and what a good job too!

This is reminiscent of the BBC’s Richard Black’s work in finding there were few - if any - examples of research being turned down because it might “disprove” global warming. Also the Oregon Petition which proved to be a big fat lie.

It’s definitely well worth looking into these claims - no doubt the person who posted that huge list on desmogblog last week will be kicking themselves.

And we have about 45 quotes still to put up! There is a lot of very angry scientists out there all demanding (at the least) that there names be taken off the list.

Don’t hold your breath, Shindig! These guys have the most amazing ability to hang on to their belief in these great long lists. I finally just stopped bothering with anyone who hauls out that pitiful Oregon petition.

Good job, Kevin, calling the Heartland Institute’s bluff! They must figure that no one is going to actually take the time the track these people down. It will be interesting to see how many more of the 500 speak up as the word gets around.

Fern Mackenzie

the New Zealand “Department of Scientific and Industrial Research” hasn’t existed for 20 years. How many other defunct institutions does it list? At least one of the scientists listed from NZ hasn’t worked at the university he’s listed with for 25 years.

Avery is a senior fellow at heartland AND hudson. This claptrap crap of an attempt to mislead appeared on both the hudson site and heartland’s, so both are just as guilty! Just in case a suit comes out of this, both of these organizations should be included.

It would be interesting to go through the citations in “Unstoppable Global Warming …” and find out whether Avery makes reference to any recent work at all.

I am rather intrigued by Singer’s & Avery’s brass – listing people whom they cited as co-authors! What a stroke of genius! All I have to do is cite the top guys in my field to claim them as co-authors! Brilliant!

Fern Mackenzie

I agree, Fern. I can’t wait to get going on my next paper:

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Fern Mackenzie

The list also includes someone who might be a colleague of Dr. John Clague at SFU, a certain “Mathews, R.W.” As far as I know, there is no such person at SFU. But there is a Dr. Rolf W. Mathewes, who is a paleoecologist–and I would be surprised to find him supporting the Heartland document.

No doubt the sound of people more worried about their jobs and reputations than scientific accuracy.

Fred, been studying hammer-and-sickle patterns formed on cereal flakes? Or doing crossword puzzles to find traces of Bolshevism in Moby Dick?

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“Al `Fat Al’ Gore [is fat]” – Harold Pierce

From the “Inhofe 400” to the “Heartland 500”

Good work here. I often find myself asking What, do they think we’re stupid?

Of course they don’t care. They’re just hoping we’re not paying attention.

Tom Schueneman
Editor/Publisher - Global Warming is Real Blog www.globalwarmingisreal.com/blog

The reaction from the inactivist blogosphere… if you can call it a reaction:



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“Al `Fat Al’ Gore [is fat]” – Harold Pierce

Hmm… what do you suggest?

“Inactivist crapmill” sounds like a really bad mixed metaphor.

http://frankbi.wordpress.com/ International Journal of Inactivism
“Al `Fat Al’ Gore [is fat]” – Harold Pierce

“Blogocave” has a nice ring to it. :)

Still undecided about “inactivists” vs. “deactivists”, but I remember also proposing “reactivists” (which sounds a bit like “reactionaries”)…

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“Al `Fat Al’ Gore [is fat]” – Harold Pierce

So that’s what clean coal looks like. Obviously this gives a new meaning to the word ‘clean’. Except it’s not clean as normally understood and meant by normal usage of the word.