More ClimateGate Complications

The ClimateGate plot thickens. Lord Oxburgh, a member of the House of Lords who was appointed “to chair a scientific assessment panel that will examine the published science of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia,” has links to businesses that would benefit financially from low-carbon technology: he is chairman of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and the wind energy company Falck Renewables. Trevor Davies, the University of East Anglia’s pro-vice-chancellor for research, said the university was aware of Lord Oxburgh’s connections but believed he would act “in an utterly objective way.”[%comments]

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  1. PeterW says:

    Biases that happen to support positions you like, aren’t regarded as a big deal. It’s biases that support The Other Side that are a problem.

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  2. Drew says:

    this isn’t a scandal, nor is it a new revelation. he’s well known for being involved in promoting low carbon solutions

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  3. Spooner says:

    Yeah, right. And Francis Bacon said that he took bribes but never let them influence his judgment.

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  4. Brett says:

    He’ll probably take a page from Gore’s book and claim “well of course I have personal investment in things I believe in.”

    Thankfully the polls are showing signs that Americans, and people world-wide, are coming to a realization that all of these ‘do-gooders’ and just looking for a good return on investment.

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  5. DaveyNC says:

    Third rail, you’ve been touched. There is a lot of money riding on climate change but to question that any researcher’s motive is other than to save the planet it to invite a good flame war.

    This’ll be fun.

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  6. amstl says:

    Not only would those business benefit, so would people who live on Earth. What a crook.

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  7. J says:

    “the university was aware of Lord Oxburgh’s connections but believed he would act “in an utterly objective way.”

    He won’t. Nobody acts in an utterly objective way. Still, a guy with a financial interest is preferable to someone with an ideological committment to AGW, like the academics on this Potemkin panel. The university doesn’t really expect anybody to take this seriously do they?

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  8. Russ Walsh says:

    Why not pick on zinc? It is every bit as logical as vilifying carbon as the cause of mythical global warming woes. Humans are really strange. In the 1930′s and 40′s Germany Jews were singled out as the problem to be eradicated, and then, like now, government enacted legislation to ‘cure’ the ‘problem’. Germany came up with the Nuremberg laws. We came up with carbon tax laws. Both equally insane. At its creation the earth came with a fixed amount of carbon. Carbon is on the periodic table of the elements. Carbon is present in every living organism. Carbon Is. Lefties, go pick some other mechanism for beating up on society, preferrably before you wind up starting another war.

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