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Thursday
Mar012012

Busy again

Today is a busy day. I am doing a telephone interview for Australian radio this morning (for broadcast some time in the future). In the afternoon I'm giving a talk at Heriot-Watt University and then in the evening I'm going to be on a panel for a Q&A at a public meeting run by a windfarm protest group in St Andrews.

Blogging will, of necessity, be light, although I might get the chance to post odd updates during the day.

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Reader Comments (23)

Hearing that you have a busy schedule cheers me up. I feel some progress is being made!

Mar 1, 2012 at 8:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Savage

Good to hear Andrew. I am a follower of the Stop St Andrews Windfarm facebook page. Have you something to share there?

Mar 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM | Unregistered Commenterandy scrase

Hi Andrew.

As you are probably aware, the Australian ABC is pretty similar to the BBC in its attitudes towards AGW. On the other hand, the Macquarie Network (2GB in Sydney) has a very much more a pro-sceptical stance.

I mention this, coz depending on who you are dealing with, you can anticipate the likely lines of questioning.

Mar 1, 2012 at 8:22 AM | Unregistered Commentermondo

Thanks for everything you're doing and good luck with the interview.

I hope you've got a simple message worked out that you can just repeat and repeat again - especially if there are any ambush questions.

Remember that climate scientists are not doctors and a computer simulation of the weather in 2050 is not like an x-ray of a broken leg.

Mar 1, 2012 at 8:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes

If you are getting bogged down then ask why greenies are having children if they think the world is going to be hell in 30 years time.

Ask the interviewer about his own carbon footprint.

Ask why Greenpeace has an employee pension scheme if everything will turn to custard before they reach retirement.

Mar 1, 2012 at 8:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes

"Australian Radio" could cover Andrew Bolt, in which case you have an easy gig.
Otherwise, good luck.

Mar 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM | Unregistered Commenterandy scrase

Andrew, as we head towards the victory podium, what we must remember is that we are not seeking vengeance for the transgressions of the past, instead we are seeking changes that will stop such another wholesale global scam happening in the future.

The key to that is to stop scientists ... no those who call themselves "scientists" ... from engaging in politics. The raw data must be sacrisanct. The raw data & the primary data interpretation must be done in a completely neutral and trustworthy way.

Like Banks, if necessary the data processing and those who explain, teach or advocate solutions, must be separated. There must be strict and enforced rules on impartiality. Data (particularly global data for the "good" of mankind) must be freely available to everyone so that we can independently analyse it and see if we can support the conclusions of others.

But, if people like Nurse, are allowed to pretend they were always sceptics, to pretend that it's alright for them to dabble in politics and manipulate the grant and peer review system so as to push their own pre-ordained view. Then it will all happen again and we will have achieved nothing!

Mar 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterMIke Haseler

I expect you will keep a recording of the interview, so as to correct any misquotes or out-of-context editing. Hope all goes well.

Mar 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

I too am a supporter of the the Stop St Andrews Windfarm on facebook. I sent in a detailed objection letter. Give them your best shot Bish and good luck with it all.

Mar 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

MIke Haseler: "we are not seeking vengeance for the transgressions of the past"

We aren't?

Mar 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterJane Coles

I'm going to be on a panel for a Q&A at a public meeting run by a windfarm protest group in St Andrews

I didn't know that. I'm one of the speakers and look forward to meeting you there. I'm even going to quote one of your reports . . .

Mar 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterDaveB

Great - I was a late addition I think. Look forward to seeing you there.

Mar 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

The ABC interview went fine - it was for the COunterpoint programme. I'll see if I can find out when it will be broadcast.

Mar 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Jane,
I dont think Mikes comment reads that way.
A return to accountability will be abhorent (and bitterly fought) by some,

Mar 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterTony Hansen

"MIke Haseler: "we are not seeking vengeance for the transgressions of the past"

We aren't?"

I don't think we have to, if we "win", and I define winning as getting the governments to change tack on their global warming policies. If we do that we will have successfully discredited those scientists for whom this has been a "cause". Given that their careers will be in shreds, because winning means we have the MSM reporting their shenanigans properly, and the whitewashes will be shown to be just that. Given that this will happen, and it will, whether it's in 5 years, or 50 years, their punishment is waiting for them in the form of the disgrace they'll have to bear for their activities. Other than that we don't need to punish anyone, just get them into the scientific hall of infamy, which is punishment enough, and although they have the benefit of a folie de plusiers at the moment it won't last and the public and politicians will be all over them like a rash. The shame is that all of science will be tainted by them. I say shame, but given the Beddingtons, Oxburghs, STeve Jones', Paul Nurse's of this world it may be a good thing if science itself is put into the sin bin for a while until this generation of hubristic, arrogant, scientists passes on the baton to the younger generation.

Mar 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM | Unregistered Commentergeronimo

.....abhorrent to, and bitterly fought, by some,
I did not write PG's memo...honest!

Mar 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterTony Hansen

u must be feeling better, bish.

please advise who interviewed u. the program is on monday afternoons in Oz, around 4pm EDT, so maybe about 7am GMT. let us know which week it will be on please.

Mar 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM | Unregistered Commenterpat

Counterpoint is the highlight of my listening week! And on Radio Communist, to boot. For those not in the know, Counterpoint interviews erudite speakers from the less popular sides of whatever debates are going on and essentially just lets them state their case.

One of the occasional highlights of the program is when they read out an outraged letter from some apoplectic lefty who's rather missed the hint given in the programme's title. Smashing stuff.

Mar 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterRalph Becket

Good to know that there is a 'Stop St Andrews Windfarm' movement - maybe it would be worth mentioning at the meeting that, as of five minutes ago, wind was producing 1.2% of the country's electricity requirements - and this is the technology which Alex Salmond is relying on to power an independent Scotland...

Mar 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid

The saying goes: If you want a job done, give it to a busy man.

Well, you're one busy Bishop - and doing a fantastic job! Be interesting to hear the feedback from your trip.

Mar 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterSnotrocket

I define winning as the moment when governments abandon climate-babble at all levels.

It's going to take time - for example in the UK, the govt will have to rename the "department of energy and climate change", repeal the Climate Act, pull the plug on all kinds of subsidies and other interferences in the energy market. There is also the EU dimension - UK pols have willingly tied their own hands.

It will not all happen at once - it's going to a gradual process one step at a time.

Mar 1, 2012 at 9:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes

Autonomous Mind has been posting quite a bit of stuff about the "battles" etc.

Mar 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterandy scrase

ABC, huh.

Bish, I'll be surprised if you recognise your own words when they finally broadcast it after "editing".

I'd love to be proved wrong, though.

Mar 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM | Unregistered Commentermarkinoz

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