The telling silence of Martin-Shulte and the Science and Public Policy Institute

Tue, 2007-09-11 09:50Kevin Grandia
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The telling silence of Martin-Shulte and the Science and Public Policy Institute

Last week I wrote a piece about the people and organizations involved in the latest attack on the work of Dr. Naomi Oreseks. They were: Dr. Klaus-Martin Shulte, Christopher Monckton and Rob Ferguson, who was formerly employed by the oil-industry backed “think” tank, the Frontiers of Freedom. Ferguson now runs his own think tank called the “Science and Public Policy Institute.”

After exhausting resources on the internet, I had a few important questions left outstanding, so I sent emails to Ferguson and Martin-Shulte almost a week ago with no response as of yet.

Here are the questions I sent Ferguson:

1. How did Lord Monckton receive a copy of Shulte's work so far in advance of it being published?
2. Is Shulte employed by the Science and Policy Institute, or has he received any financial compensation from your organization?
3. If there is no financial relationship between your organization and Shulte, how is it that your organization is privy to such things as the report in advance of its publication and Shulte's follow-up “open letters” to Dr. Oreskes?

And here are the questions I sent Shulte:

I am wondering if you could clear up the following questions that I have outstanding:

1. How did Lord Monckton receive a copy of your work so far in advance of it being published?
2. Are employed by the Science and Policy Institute, or have you received any financial compensation from the Science and Policy Institute?
3. If there is no financial relationship between you and the Science and Policy Institute, how is it that they are privy to such things as your report in advance of its publication and your follow-up “open letters” to Dr. Oreskes?

I think I'll just keep sending them these questions until they answer them, and you can too. Here's Shulte's email address that I found on the internet: Klaus-Martin.Schulte [at] kch.nhs.uk

And here's Rob Ferguson's: bferguson [at] sppinstitute.org

Comments

You have a typo:
“2. Are employed by the Science and Policy Institute, or have you received any financial compensation from the Science and Policy Institute?” –> Are who?

I think your email is a good idea.

I commented on this on my blog “Is It Getting Warmer?” as well. I am amazed that this level of discussion has been realized regarding two essays that were never critically reviewed. In addition, the methodology of both researchers must be seriously doubted. You can read the rest of my thoughts at http://globalwarming-factorfiction.com/2007/09/11/consensus-discussion-liars-or-statistics/

I’d also like to ask how Dr Oreskes got her search terms so badly wrong, and why she wasn’t able to re-do the research and replace the first result.

Scientific Consensus

Sorry about that last URL. (Not paying attention) http://www.staff.livjm.ac.uk/spsbpeis/Scienceletter.htm

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Problems caused by climate change are likely already dangerous and global warming may be irreversible, according to a draft science report by a United Nations committee.

The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) report, leaked earlier this week to a number of major media organizations, said continued greenhouse gas emissions caused primarily by burning oil, coal and natural gas will probably increase the likelihood of  “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”

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