As some people may or may not know, I am a full member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in good standing. The 2014 AGU Fall Meeting is coming up in just over a week, and I hope to attend so that I can cover what is being presented in the world of climate science, while keeping tabs on the antics of people like Michael Mann, Peter Gleick, and some of the other players. Last year when I attended, I produced several reports and videos, plus many, many, live Twitter entries that kept tabs on the politics and the science. This year I hope to do the same.
There’s only one problem. It is VERY expensive to attend.
Add a hotel for 5 days at the typical $150-250 per night rate in SFO, plus incidentals, parking, etc. and the cost to attend easily tops $2000.
While many attendees get the taxpayers (via their Universities) or their NGO’s via donors to pay for such things, WUWT has no such resources, and despite the claims common from detractors, we are still waiting for that ‘big oil check’ to arrive. I’ll drive down to save money rather than take a plane.
So, like I did last year, I thought I’d ask the readership if they can help out so that there will be somebody at AGU to report on climate science that can do so from the skeptic side. It is very important that at least one climate skeptic reporter attend. Otherwise, the media coverage will be completely one-sided. AGU approved my media pass, so now I’m set to attend.
This year, I’m happy to report that AGU management has anticipated my attendance, and they have been pro-active with providing assistance equipment for my hearing impairment. Thanks to Joan Burhman of AGU for her gracious assistance. I expect it will be easier for me this year.
Thanks for your consideration, and most of all thanks for reading WUWT.
Donations toward this effort will be gratefully accepted: here
THANKS TO EVERYONE! – The goal has been met, and exceeded. I’m truly humbled by the show of support. I look forward to reporting from AGU this year. – Anthony