NRT gets a bit upset.
Last year, the Heartland Institute (a US climate-change denial thinktank) published a list of 500 scientists they say disagree with the central theses of anthropogenic global warming (that the climate is changing and that it’s our fault). Unfortunately, but perhaps as should be expected from an organisation which takes money from the oil and tobacco industries to muddy the waters around threats to their business plans, they were less than honest in their representations of people’s views. The five New Zealand scientists listed today took the extraordinary step of issuing a joint press release demanding to be removed:
…The scientists fully endorse the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as to global warming and its causes. Much of their work has been concerned with climate change over many thousands of years, which, while supporting the idea that climates have fluctuated in the past and have at times been warmer than now, does not in any way weaken the conclusions reached by the IPCC about recent changes.
(Emphasis added)Given the damage this deliberate misrepresentation could do to their scientific reputations, I’d say they have a pretty good case for defamation.
Unfortunatly, they have no case at all, because they’ve misrepresented the Heartland Institute list.
Dr Salinger had told the Herald he objected to the implication that his research supported the theory that global warming, which he believed was real, was not manmade but a result of natural cycles.
Mr Bast said Dr Salinger’s comment that global warming was real was an empty cliché.
“That list, plus a new list of 700 names whose research has found evidence of a natural 1,500 cycles in global climate, remain on Heartland’s website because both lists are accurate.”
Mr Bast said DeSmogBlog had initiated the controversy and could have misled Dr Salinger into thinking he was identified as co-author with Avery or Singer of an article expressing skepticism about man-made global warming.
“He was not. He is merely listed in a bibliography of co-authors of scholarly articles that confirm key facts and theories that undermine the notion that the modern warming is entirely man-made or will be catastrophic.“
Mr Bast said the article accompanying the list stated that not all the scientists were sceptical of anthropogenic global warming.
“The presence of alarmists in the list was, in fact, a major point of compiling the list.”
But you have to love the very vague “an organization which takes money from the oil and tobacco industries”. That’s so broad that our own government falls under that definition.
In fact, doesn’t the Labour party?