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Spectator article now online

Matt Ridley's piece in the Spectator is available here.

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Excellent article!! Way to kick A$$, Andrew.

Feb 4, 2010 at 2:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Really great article, at long last (sigh of relief!).

Feb 4, 2010 at 2:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Wright

Really great article, at long last (sigh of relief!).

Feb 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Wright

Sorry, Bish, please delete that duplicate.

Feb 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Wright

Super article - particularly because it gave credit where credit is due. I want to see New Scientist and Nature start to crack as well! It is extraordinary how much censorship there has been in mainstream media on this issue.

Feb 4, 2010 at 3:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Bailey

Well-deserved comments on your book (which I am half way through). Matt Ridley is himself one of the best popular science authors around, so that counts a bit.

Feb 4, 2010 at 4:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Hallam

Looks like RT's on the case

Feb 4, 2010 at 4:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterManolo Gutiérrez Vasco

Congratulations all around. Ridley does an excellent job describing how basement and garage amateurs upstaged snobbish academics and grant wallahs. One correction is in order, however, concerning the start of Anthony Watt's blog. My recollection is that Anthony started by documenting the effects of unpainted Stevenson Screens. The move to photographing the sites came after several months of cataloging all the possible sources of error affecting the actual measurment instruments. I would also add that Steve McIntyre (as are a number of other commentators) is a first rate statistician and a likely match to any climate scientist.
I think due recognition should be paid to two antipodian web contributors - the late John Daly and, the still very much alive, Warwick Hughes. Finally, it did not hurt that the late great Michael Crichton encapsulated our skepticism in State of Fear.

Feb 4, 2010 at 4:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterBernie

"Steve a first rate statistician and a likely match to any climate scientist." Come, come. I know enough stats to see that McIntyre is clearly a far superior data analyst to anyone the Climate Scientologists have fielded. Not so much a "likely match" as a distinct mismatch.

Feb 4, 2010 at 4:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterdearieme

He is a match and he knows how to archive data, release code and behave in an appropriate manner.

Feb 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn

dearieme and John:
I did not want to by any means limit Steve McIntyre's contributions or talents. It seemed wiser to be moderate when I do not know who the statisticians are behind the big names in Climate Science. I have no doubt that Steve is far superior to Hansen, Mann, Schmidt, and Jones. I also believe that Steve will be recognized as almost single-handedly forcing climate scientists to adopt appropriate standards for archiving data and code. The other mark of Steve's "genius" is the sheer speed and volume of work that he personally produces.

Feb 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterBernie

A most excellent read -- Thank thee, yer Grace.

Feb 4, 2010 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

As everyone says, great article. It's good that the principle bloggers are given some 'above ground' publicity. We don't know yet whether this MSM breakthrough will bring on going balanced discussion of the science or just be a flash in the pan (although the rollover to the IPCC revelations helps). The stronger and wider the blog audience becomes, the better the chance of the science progressing with proper inspection.

Feb 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterMikeT

Completely OT but interesting nevertheless

Detectives question climate change scientist over email leaks

University of East Anglia scientist Paul Dennis denies leaking material, but links to climate change sceptics in US drew him to attention of the investigators

Feb 4, 2010 at 9:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoi Polloi

Cannot find the interview with the Bish, can anyone point me in the right direction please?

Feb 4, 2010 at 9:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterDennis


It's not an interview. I get a mention in the Spectator piece linked in the main post.

Feb 4, 2010 at 9:59 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Oh. OK, thanks.

Nicely slanted article though. Warmism is not yet dead...

And if it was Prof. Dennis, then he should step forward, take a bow and receive a Nobel prize (sorry, second-hand 'cos we gave it to the wrong guys first time round) and then another one for his work in advancing the transparency and accountability of all things scientific.

Just my opinion, you understand...

Feb 4, 2010 at 10:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterDennis

"I'm Al Gore, and truly I did NOT approve this ad."

Feb 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Blake

Well done Andrew and Matt

I have a dream, that one day the science will be done by scientists and the politics will be left to the politicians - recent experience has shown that it doesn't work so well the other way around.

Feb 4, 2010 at 10:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Pond

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