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caraher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-04-09 07:55 AM
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97. Bear in mind that you just called Chris Busby an ex-"industry hack"
I've seen ECRR materials that trumpet among his credentials his status as an ex-member of CERRIE - and he is one of the (small number of) scientists whose studies you support! It seemed like he was OK with being in that group until the group's conclusions diverged from his views. And Busby, "Scientific Secretary" for ECRR, has essentially distanced himself from the scientific community, preferring self-publishing to peer review according to people I'm sure will be denounced as "industry hacks" (that is to say, by scientists who do participate in the conventional peer review process). CERRIE member Richard Wakeford writes, "Chris Busby, for example, is apparently quite prepared to self-publish reports containing glaring errors in data and/or analyses; nonetheless, the findings are duly given publicity in the media, presumably a principal objective." Earlier he remarks, "Chris Busby is essentially an aspiring politician who happens to have scientific qualificationshe is the Green Partys spokesperson on science and technology and has stood for election to the European Parliamentand, in my view, his actions must be seen in this light. It would be asking too much of him to make substantial concessions on the very issue that has brought the media publicity that provides the fuel to drive a political career."

"Paranoia" is intended not so much as an insult but a description. I would use the same word to describe the stance of people honestly swayed by the global warming deniers - they, too, have to believe in a global conspiracy of the scientific community to suppress the truth because of some nefarious motive. I'll grant that some conspiracy theories are true, and not every case of belief in a conspiracy belies paranoia. But like global warming denial, this is a case where it's extremely difficult to construct believable scenarios under which so many different scientists across the globe could possibly be missing what the dissident voices say is the actual truth.
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