Monday, July 18, 2005

Barton, Fink.

Michael Mann and associated scientists have formally responded to the dilettante "researchers" in the United States Congress, who were spurred into absurd action because of an article by an economist and a moron in the Wall Street Journal.

Scientists respond to Barton
Many in the scientific community would welcome any genuine interest in climate change from the committee, but the tone and content of these letters have alarmed many scientists and their professional organisations. In the words of Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Barton letters "give the impression of a search for some basis on which to discredit these particular scientists and findings, rather than a search for understanding."

I respect the approach these scientists took. Strictly speaking, in his role as a representative of the people of Texas and a lawmaker, I am not sure Joe "Joe" Barton has the authority to make private citizens dance to his fiddle. The how and why of grant money isn't classified information in the United States. (Yet.)

I would have been equally happy if the scientists in question had simply photocopied their asses and faxed this over to Barton's office.

Barton, your glacier called, and it is melting.


At 11:21 AM, July 19, 2005, Blogger SW said...

SW's Energy Gap: July 2005: "Barton Fink
Quark Soup: 'Barton Wants Answers--Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) has jumped into the scientific debate over the climate record of the past millennium. Citing reports in Geophysical Research Letters and The Wall Street Journal of scientific error and possible ethical lapses, the chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee is demanding that three scientists respond to detailed questions on their life's research. In 23 June letters to Michael Mann of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and his two co-authors on a 1998 paper, Barton requests a host of details about the climate study. These include whether the researchers performed a particular statistical test on a 15th century climate record. Mann has noted that his conclusions have been independently replicated. Accustomed to battling his scientific critics (Science, 11 February, p. 828), Mann is not commenting on Barton's demands on the advice of his lawyer. Officials with the National Science Foundation and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also received letters from Barton, who wants answers by 11 July.'"

Great minds...

At 11:46 AM, July 19, 2005, Blogger monkeygrinder said...

Well, it helps that Joe Barton really is a fink!

At 12:07 PM, July 19, 2005, Blogger SW said...

Yup. It's high time we put a stop to this bullshit.

At 12:23 PM, July 19, 2005, Blogger monkeygrinder said...

Well, at least some people in his own party are telling him to simmer down.

I put a link up for Energy Gap also. I appreciate your comments.

At 5:28 PM, July 19, 2005, Blogger SW said...

thanks, I'll return the favor.

At 8:47 PM, July 19, 2005, Blogger WHT said...

Top 100, baby.

Democrats out to put him in the wood chipper.


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