Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Roger Pielke Jr

"When causes are popular it can be uncomfortable and inconvenient to realize that experts who render politically desired advice have potential conflicts of interest," writes Roger Pielke Jr.

He continues, saying:
Perhaps this helps to explain why investigative journalists (with only several exceptions), especially those who cover science, have turned a blind eye to the obvious and egregious conflicts of interest present in the case of Rajendra Pachauri, head of the IPCC. The longer this issue is allowed to percolate in plain view, the worse the outcome will be for the scientific community and perhaps also those whose job it is to hold experts accountable to basic standards of conduct.
After a Magisterial blast, he concludes:
The sum total of the above signifies that at a minimum climate science needs to set forth and follow basic standards of conflict of interest. Otherwise, the apparent anything-goes approach is giving opponents of action to address accumulating carbon dioxide emissions plenty of legitimate material to work with. Journalists and others who turn a blind eye are their unwitting allies.
This, in effect, is a view from the other side. There is plenty with which I could disagree – strip out the conflict of interest and is there anything left to the warmist case? But it is fair comment, and all the more powerful, given its source.