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Report on the Purdue forum

Many will readers will know that there was a discussion last night between Judith Curry, Andy Revkin, Pielke Jnr and a Elizabeth McNie, a professor of political science and earth and atmospheric sciences., which looks like it's a newspaper blog, carries a brief report on the proceedings. It sounds as though much good sense was talked. Curry has already posted her speech, but there was also Revkin saying this:

Science is all about what is and the what ifs ... not telling you what to do.

...and discussing the possibility of scientists spinning things to politicians. Pielke Jnr also had some eminently quotable words:

When you think about the CIA, much like scientists, they're experts," he said. "We wouldn't be very happy if the CIA used their influence to support what country we should invade next and began tilting their findings to support it."

This must have been pretty persuasive for any undecideds in the audience - which was apparently a sell-out. The article quotes one student as saying

"You never know what's going on behind closed doors," he said. "It shows that we all have to be more aware of who we get our information from."


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I do not like just cross posting articles from other related sites, I just thought this one was a good one for the record of this site, as it relates to the UK media coverage of Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Disruption...

A stormy forecast for climate change reporting

Nov 4, 2010 at 7:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

Jiminy: A very interesting article, but badly flawed and biased. I like

Some say they wished they had engaged credible sceptics earlier.
Now how would they decide who was a credible sceptic and who was an incredible sceptic?

Nov 4, 2010 at 7:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Yes, this site is from the area's newspaper (know this from living in West Lafayette for many years). The student newspaper, The Exponent, the university's student newspaper, covers it at

Nov 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterRob Schneider

Michael Mann says (NewScientist interview) 'Books such as Merchants of Doubt by science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway have detailed how front groups for the fossil-fuel industry have been waging an orchestrated, well-funded campaign against climate science and climate scientists for more than two decades'

But now Judith Curry has explained how the orchestration in reality was politically crafted through the IPCC process, with Mann in fact being given a star solo spot in their opus magnum, on his alpine horn.

Nov 4, 2010 at 10:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

The Oreskes & Conway book is a nasty hit piece. Nicholas Nierenberg's critique/review is particularly enlightening.

Nov 4, 2010 at 12:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterBernie

Pielke Jr. has a post up about the panel discussion.

Nov 4, 2010 at 1:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterDrCrinum

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