Over the weekend, David Rose published a scathing expose of Lord Stern’s Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) and it’s misuse of scientific literature (claiming works as their own) in order to secure funding.
Dr. Richard Tol, who had the misfortune of having one of his papers misused said:
‘It is serious misconduct to claim credit for a paper you haven’t supported, and it’s fraud to use that in a bid to renew a grant. I’ve never come across anything like it before. It stinks.’
Yes, yes it does, despite initially saying this:
Last night, CCCEP spokesman Bob Ward admitted it had ‘made mistakes’, both in claiming credit for studies which it had not funded and for papers published by rival academics. ‘This is regrettable, but mistakes can happen… We will take steps over the next week to amend these mistakes,’ he said.
Bob Ward went on the offensive Sunday after the piece aired, to defend the indefensible, It’s what paid attack dogs do, we’ve seen it before. Josh was inspired, with a little help from me to render this cartoon:
Some backstory; Bob Ward is playing the role formerly pioneered by weirdo-recluse “Tamino” aka Grant Foster who once claimed to be “Hansens Bulldog“. The difference is that Bob Ward is paid to act that way, “Tamino” isn’t (at least that we know of, but given the surprises this year from the Wikileaks email, anything is possible).
On Bishop Hill’s blog, Bob Ward’s views were previously tagged as so “out of this world” (plus being tagged as part of a punk rock band in his early years), that he reached “alien” status.
Ergo, we have little green alien bulldog.