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SciTech III

I hear on the grapevine that Professor Edward Acton of UEA was back in front of the Science and Technology Committee last week. Apparently there was a private hearing.

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Probably less to this than meets the eye, but might they have discussed Acton's previous assurance to the committee that the Oxburgh enquiry would reassess the science (which it didn't)? Misleading a select committee is not a trivial matter.

Mar 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Hallam

Indeed it is not a trivial matter - I would hope that the fall out from that deception by Acton is now being dealt with.

Mar 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterDoug UK

Doug UK on Mar 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

"Indeed it is not a trivial matter - I would hope that the fall out from that deception by Acton is now being dealt with."

... and made known to the public ..... on the BBC ....

Mar 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher (UKIP member)

... on the main news!

Mar 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher

Maybe they were asking him what his damage limitation strategy for Climategate III will be?

Mar 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterKon Dealer

I don't think he was there about the deception, as far as I can make out the SciTech committee were bending over backwards, with one notable exception, to exonerate the CRU crew and weren't in the least phased by Scouse Oxburgh's performance (coughing and all). Remember Beddingtions "blinder played", he is the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government it isn't conceivable that the SciTech committee didn't consult with him a priori, neither is it conceivable that he said, "Come down on them like a ton of bricks". My guess is something like, "Usual scientists banter, nothing in them."

Mar 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered Commentergeronimo

Perhaps Acton was giving the committee a little private instruction on the art of creative writing.

Prof Edward Acton has previously said: “I am absolutely delighted that UEA has come to be renowned nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in this now thriving academic discipline. We were the first UK University to offer Creative Writing 40 years ago, and I believe we are still seen as a benchmark for others. It is an honour to be recognised, once again, at this very highest level.”

Mar 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

"we are still seen as a benchmark for others"

Very likely, if the output from the CRU is anything to go by.

Mar 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

As the government is now looking for a replacement for Beddington, maybe Vice Chancellor Acton was being consulted on exactly what the movement requires.

Mar 28, 2012 at 10:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-record


Perhaps he was being offered the job. :-(

Mar 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

UEA rugby club disbanded after sexism and racism complaints. Related? I doubt it.

Mar 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM | Unregistered Commentersteveta

There is a UK version of the Australian lot - there's a link on one of their pages. Apologies if it has been seen before.

"United health professionals present a powerful force to hold governments accountable and protect health from climate change

Our current use of resources and production of greenhouse gases is leading to destabilisation of global ecosystems. Continuing ‘business as usual’ will cause severe and irreversible damage to human health.

Climate change is a global health threat, just as nuclear war was a global health threat where health professionals played a key role in halting an irreversible trajectory to severe and widespread damage to health."

Mar 28, 2012 at 4:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterMorph

Acton misled the committee. The problem with the CRU cover-ups is that they are now very widely known to be frauds. What MP wants to be involved in a face saving exercise for the UEA? I suspect that Acton is going to be called out...

Mar 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

No, Wednesday, I believe.

Mar 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

The day that HMG act on facts is the day that Acton gets fried!
He's safe.

Mar 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoyFOMR

Darn it, I meant to say -
The day that HMG act on facts is the day that Acton gets flak!

Mar 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoyFOMR

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