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28 May 2011 @ 01:29 am
R.S. wriggles on FOI act hook, advised to go private  

CCNet – 26 May 2011

The Climate Policy Network

Royal Society Bemoans Freedom of Scientific Information

Freedom of information laws are being misused to harass scientists and should be re-examined by the government, according to the president of the Royal Society. Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse told the Guardian that some climate scientists were being targeted by organised campaigns of requests for data and other research materials, aimed at intimidating them and slowing down research. He said the behaviour was turning freedom of information laws into a way to intimidate some scientists. -– Alok Jha, The Guardian, 25 May 2011

It’s rather as if the science has taken a leave of absence from the Royal Society and only the scientists remain. -–Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, 26 May 2011

The solution to Sir Paul’s problem is simple: If academics do not like the scrutiny that comes with being paid by the taxpayers, they should stop accepting public money. –Richard Tol, 26 May 2011

Bob Ward says that the intention is to trawl through scientists work and find errors. He obviously doesn’t like the idea. There is a name for the process of looking for errors in someone else’s work. It’s called science, –WardRe, 26 May 2011

Dear Climatologists: It is very simple. My taxes have been used to pay you to collect data on my behalf. If you do not feel able to allow me access to that data, I feel no need to continue paying you. What you do on your own time is yours. But what you do on my dime is mine. Simple. –Joe Sixpack, 26 May 2011

The problem with the tactic of denying information and protesting is that no-one believes it any more. So it makes the communication and sales problem worse and worse. The general public concludes that there must be something wrong or they would release it all. What this is doing, its producing ever more skepticism about AGW and climate science. You cannot get there from here. The only solution is to publish the lot, immediately. It then might be that all kinds of holes will emerge. But trying to keep it all secret is not going to work either. You cannot avoid the conclusion that climate science is really in crisis. It is destroying itself as a credible discipline by the public conduct of its most aggressive advocates. –Michel, 26 May 2011

Barack Obama has snubbed Britain’s most eminent scientists by refusing to attend a Royal Society banquet in his honour at which he was to be awarded with a prestigious medal. The US President rejected the invitation from the world-leading group of scientists and instead chose to visit a south London state school. Sources close to the state visit said members of the Royal Society were “deeply offended” by the snub and had accused Mr Obama of being obsessed with his “street cred”.–Heidi Blake, The Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2011

I want to look at what they’ve given us and examine what they’ve withheld and see why it’s been withheld. The more they stonewall, the more they’re making Richard Nixon look like a choirboy. – Robert G. Marshall, The Washington Times, 25 May 2011

1) President of Royal Society Bemoans Freedom of Scientific Information – Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, 26 May 2011

2) Judith Curry: Sir Paul Nurse and Freedom of Information – Climate Etc, 25 May 2011

3) Barack Obama Snubs British Scientists by Refusing to Receive Royal Society Medal -The Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2011

4) US Court Orders University of Virginia to disclose Michael Mann’s emails – The Washington Examiner, 25 May 2011

5) US Court Ruling alters climate-papers fight – The Washington Times, 25 May 2011

6) David Whitehouse: Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age In South America – The Observatory, 24 May 2011

Thanks Dr Peiser, GWPF
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