There’s an annoyance in the farce, and his moniker is “And Then There’s Physics” also known as “ATTP” and recently outed by Poptech as Dr. Ken Rice. Ken Rice is a Reader of Astronomy and Public Relations Director at the Institute for Astronomy, within the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Rice came into the debate with an attitude supposedly more genteel, claiming he was all for reasoned debate and less rhetoric.
He wrote recently of “hostilities” in the climate debate:
So, as much as I’d be all for a reduction in hostilities, and a more reasoned approach to discussions about climate science, I see no reason to capitulate to those who appear to be using a few extreme examples to simply score points. I also think we all own our own behaviour. If people want to reduce hostilities, they can simply do so. People are not responsible for how someone responds to what they say, they’re only responsible for what they actually say.
It is ironic then, that we see this now partially disappeared comment admonishing Dr. Richard Tol on his own ATTP blog from Dr. Ken Rice, aka “and then there’s physics”:
So much for “civil dialog” from Dr. Ken Rice. But at least he’s honest about saying even he can’t be civil anymore. For example, this is his blog header from January 2014: