UPDATE: Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. leaves this comment:
Neil Adger sent me a response for posting. You can see it as an update on the original post:
He says cock-up, not conspiracy. I say, don’t tell untruths to start with. Have a look and make up your own mind. Thanks.
Mark Steyn writes at The Corner (NRO): Score-Settled Science
Since being sued by fantasy Nobel Laureate and global warm-monger Michael E Mann for mocking his hockey stick, I’ve taken a greater than usual interest in the conformity enforcers of the settled-science crowd. So I was interested to read this tidbit from Roger Pielke, Jr, professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado. He’s no climate “denier”, merely a little bit too independent-minded for the movement’s tastes. Hence:
Five days ago I critiqued a shoddy paper by Brysse et al. 2013 which appeared in the journal Global Environmental Change. Today I received notice from the GEC editor-in chief and executive editor that I have been asked to “step down from the Editorial Board.” They say that it is to “give other scientists the chance to gain experience of editorial duties.”
Over the past 20 years I have served on the editorial boards of about a dozen or so academic journals. I have rolled off some when my term was up, and continued for many years with others. I have never received a mid-term request to step down from any journal.
Hmm. A few months ago, when Michael Mann sued NR for the hitherto unknown crime of “defamation of a Nobel Prize recipient”, Professor Pielke wrote:
Mann’s claim is what might be called an embellishment — he has, to use the definition found at the top of this post, “made (a statement or story) more interesting or entertaining by adding extra details, esp. ones that are not true…” Instead of being a “Nobel Peace Prize Winner” Mann was one of 2,000 or so scientists who made a contribution to an organization which won the Nobel Peace Prize…
The embellishment is only an issue because Mann has invoked it as a source of authority is a legal dispute. It would seem common sense that having such an embellishment within a complaint predicated on alleged misrepresentations may not sit well with a judge or jury.
This situation provides a nice illustration of what is wrong with a some aspects of climate science today — a few scientists motivated by a desire to influence political debates over climate change have embellished claims, such as related to disasters, which then risks credibility when the claims are exposed as embellishments. To make matters worse, these politically motivated scientists have fallen in with fellow travelers in the media, activist organizations and in the blogosphere who are willing not only to look past such embellishments, but to amplify them and attack those who push back. These dynamics are reinforcing and have led small but vocal parts of the climate scientific community to deviate significantly from widely-held norms of scientific practice.
Very true. And now Professor Pielke, expelled by the palace guard of climate conformism, appears to have been felled by the very pathology he identified.
Yes, “climate amplification”…it’s not just for the poles.
This episode reminds me of exactly the sort of condescending elitism we saw in Climategate:
“I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin [TRENBERTH] and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!”
And it also reminds me of this: The tribalistic corruption of peer review – the Chris de Freitas incident
GEC Editor Neil Adger is part of the Climategate emails, and was at UEA, so I guess I should not be surprised, he’s now at the University of Exeter. The three main editors are quite a tight crowd it seems.
date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 12:43:29 +0100 from: "Neil Adger" <N.Adger@uea.ac.uk> subject: Re: GEC to: "Andy Jordan" <A.Jordan@uea.ac.uk>, "'Mike Hulme'" <email@example.com> Andrew Please go ahead and inform Martin or the publisher (as you think approriate) that Mike and I are interested in co-editing the journal. This is at least a starting position and of course would be completely dependent on the right deal from the publisher. Please also note that Mike and I would only negotiate with the publisher over this, not with Martin. Let us know if you want further information etc. Note that I am away till 22nd October after today. Thanks. Neil ----- Original Message ----- From: Andy Jordan To: 'Mike Hulme' ; 'Neil Adger' Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 3:10 PM Subject: FW: GEC Hi Things have started moving in roughly the direction that I expected: see below. At this stage I will simply signal to Elsevier that I want out, but if you like I can look for ways of involving you in the discussion with Martin/the publisher. Please advise. Cheers Andy _______________________________________________ Dr Andrew J. Jordan Lecturer in Environmental Politics; and Editor, Environment and Planning C School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ United Kingdom Tel: (00) (44) (0)1603 592552 Fax: (00) (44) (0)1603 593739 CSERGE website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/env/cserge/ Personal website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/env/faculty/jordanaj.htm Environment and Planning C website: http://www.envplan.com/ _________________________________________________ -----Original Message----- From: PARRYML@aol.com [mailto:PARRYML@aol.com] Sent: 06 October 2003 14:54 To: A.Jordan@uea.ac.uk Subject: GEC Dear Andrew: See below for my action on GEC. Mary Malin has been away until today I believe. Regards, Martin Dear Mary: I know you have been away. As soon as you return can you call me on my mobile, about the matter below? Regards, Martin CC: Subj: Editorial handover for Global Environmental Change Date: 26/09/2003 To: M.Malin@elsevier.com CC: A.Healey@elsevier.co.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cynparry Dear Mary: I would like to explore with you a change in Editor of Global Environmental Change, since I am now coming up to my 12th year. I suggest we aim to identify a new editor, who would start handling new papers from Jan 04, with the first new issue being 4/04. If more time is needed to find a suitable successor, then the dates , respectively, could be April 04 and 1/05. I understand from Andrew Jordan that the Institutions would probably effect a change at the same time. Looking ahead, the schedule would then look like this: 1. Issue 1/04; due to publishers from Parry Oct 03 2. Extra (i.e. funded additional) special issue Water: papers received from Guest Ed (Dr Adeel), currently being read by Parry; to be published early 04 3. Issue 2/04; due to publishers from Parry Jan/04 4. Extra (i.e. funded additional) special issue Climate Change (paid by DEFRA); edited by Parry; papers to publishers November; to be published c. Feb 04 5. Issue 3/04: Special issue on Co-Benefits (under guest editor, responsible to Parry) 6. Issue 4/04: first issue under new editor 7. Issue 1/05: Special Issue on Adaptation. I am away next week. But perhaps you could call me either this afternoon, or on the morning of 6th October. Best use my mobile: 07884 317108. With kind regards, Martin Dr Martin Parry, Co-Chair Working Group II (Impacts and Adaptation), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Hadley Centre, UK Met Office, London Road, Bracknell RG12 2SY, UK. Tel direct: +44 1986 781437 Tel switchboard: +44 1344 856888 direct e-mail: email@example.com e-mail for WGII Technical Support Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Martin Parry, Co-Chair Working Group II (Impacts and Adaptation), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Hadley Centre, UK Met Office, London Road, Bracknell RG12 2SY, UK. Tel direct: +44 1986 781437 Tel switchboard: +44 1344 856888 direct e-mail: email@example.com e-mail for WGII Technical Support Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org