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Dana's vested interest

Anthony has the low down on Dana Nuccitelli's vested interest - it turns out that he works for a big company working in the environmental services area called Tetratech.

Given all the fuss the Guardian makes about the alleged funding of sceptics by big oil, it's hard to see that they can credibly retain Mr Nuccitelli's services.

Then again, if you take on a columnist with a penchant for reviewing books he hasn't read, it is possible that you consider such niceties as consistency a bit superfluous.

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Environmental Services = Drilling Oil and Gas from the ground.


Is there no end to the sanctimonious hypocrisy of the average green activist?

Jul 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder


I find it curious that Dana has no Wikipedia entry.

I wonder why.

Jul 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Watts

What a surprise.

Jul 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Jones

Bish, was that meant to be 'niceties about consistency' or some such in the last sentence?

Jul 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Richard, remember you do not agree with anyone accusing the Bish of making a mistake ^.^
Sorry, couldn't resist.

Jul 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM | Registered CommenterDung

Nonsense. Just give up your obsession with me, OK. As long as you're not petitioning for me to be banned, I'm not interested. But I do care for my reputation enough not to want such stupid, pejorative comments about me polluting this thread or any other.

Jul 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Oh dear...nul points for humour.

Jul 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM | Registered CommenterDung

The subject of the thread is Dana

Jul 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Dana is a liability to the Guardian.
Not because he is a hypocrite - he may be working in the environmental services wing of Tetratech.

But he is a threat to the Guardian because he supresses dissent and denies the opportunity of debate.

No free press can survive without the lifeblood of democracy - freedom of expression.

Jul 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterM Courtney

Andrew Niell just chucked a stick of Danamight........

Jul 22, 2013 at 8:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

Dana says his office clears up waste from ex military sites.

Jul 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

Just took a look at Dana's Twitter feed and he is now claiming:

'My office mostly cleans up contamination at former military sites.'

Sounds like he has been caught with his pants down, well done Andrew Neil.

Jul 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Cowper

Just took a look at Dana's Twitter feed and he is now claiming:

'My office mostly cleans up contamination at former military sites.'

Sounds like he has been caught with his pants down, well done Andrew Neil.
Jul 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM | Jack Cowper

What's interesting is, he leverages his waste clean up job to describing himself in his Guardian byline, and his pal reviewed "scientific papers" with Cook et al, as "Environmental Scientist".

This convinces his brain-dead Graun CIF cult followers that he is a real player in the climate field.

Where would "climate science" be without smoke & mirrors?

Jul 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

MCourtney at 8:22PM nailed this. Dana is throttling the life out of debate on CiF with his SkS style moderation. I dare say he will now respond to his hypocrisy on CiF with a heavily moderated blog.

I just wish I could say what I wanted to say about that hypocritical clown.

Jul 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterGalvanize

As the Piltdown Mann keeps reminding us - Dana appears to be just another fossil fuel funded amateur

Jul 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM | Unregistered Commenterconfusedphoton

His employer is being sued:

Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK) Investor Alert: Lawsuit Alleges False and Misleading Statements

Jul 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM | Unregistered Commenterpinroot

On the infamous "Quantifying the consensus ..." paper, Nuccitelli gives his affiliations as Tetra Tech and Skeptical Science, which would seem to imply his environmental activist/propagandist activities are endorsed by his employer - which seems a little odd to me.

Jul 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

I've managed to find it using search on the sidebar - Dana's famous Amazon Books 1 star review of the Bishops Hockey Stick Illusion from the Way Back Machine, and the comment thread below, where he is forced to admit that he never read it

Jul 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

So Dana deleted the unjustly harsh Amazon review. 'Hide the malign' anyone?

Jul 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterFarleyR

Nuccitelli is coming over all defensive on Twitter:

"I work for a company that has a branch that works in oil and gas that I have no involvement in whatsoever."

Isn't that a bit like saying the company you work for uses child labour, but that's OK, because the child labour happens abroad and not in the building where you work?

Jul 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

Just caught the tail end of Newsnight.Some stuff stuff about the Royal Baby,

But the guy who does Hardtalk on BBC News24 Stephen Sacker was in Alaska.

Usual BBC Climate Change Propaganda drivel.

But Gavin Eisler announced Stephen Sacker on the "Road In Alaska" Thursday Morning BBC News 24
So check that out.

Funny how the BBC decided to film in Alaska in the middle of Summer not in the Middle of Winter when its Minus 40 degrees.

Jul 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

I've worked with Tetratech on projects in the past. While my opinion of Dana is one of a little attack puppy dearly wanting to be seen running with the big dogs, in this instance I'm going to have to step over to his defense. There is no conflict of interest. Any projects that might have a connection to "climate change", for example a utility company hardening their infrastructure, would be right in the wheelhouse of a firm such as TT. There is no advantage for the company to "push" climate change. Customers would come to them in any event.

You can chalk his efforts up to altruistic passion for the environment or true religion in the cause of global warming. Suggesting he's doing it for the economic benefit of his employer is a real stretch and puts you down to the level he plays at. Seriously, quit acting so sophmoric.

Jul 23, 2013 at 12:26 AM | Unregistered Commentertimg56

I have also worked with Tetratech. It is a typical large US services company that has swallowed up many smaller consulting companies. TT is active in many disciplines related to engineering including environmental services. That type of company loves to "play the field", professing deep concern for the environment when it suits them but happy to assist with development of oil and gas projects. The critical thing for them is to make money selling services wherever they can.

Nevertheless it is a good illustration of how pathetic is the frequent charge that sceptics are funded by Big Oil. Dana's job security is undeniably linked to oil and gas development.

Jul 23, 2013 at 1:33 AM | Unregistered Commenterpotentilla

@timg56 "Suggesting he's doing it for the economic benefit of his employer is a real stretch and puts you down to the level he plays at."

I don't see anybody suggesting that.

The charge is one of hypocrisy: he campaigns against the use of fossil fuels, on environmental grounds, and criticises climate change sceptics for their alleged "Big Oil" funding, yet he works for a company that is part of the fossil fuel industry - look at their website: the headline item is about their work installing gas pipelines for shale gas.

BTW: He is not alone in this: IPCC chair Pachauri has fossil fuel connections too - he founded a company called GloriOil in Texas.

Jul 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

You heard it here first ...

Mac's info above led me to the fact that dana1981 or Dana Nuccitelli works for Tetra Tech.

... a leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction, and technical services. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions to complex problems focused on water, environment, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources. Tetra Tech currently has more than 13,000 employees located in more than 330 offices worldwide. The firm is headquartered in Pasadena, California

This $2 billion company appears to depend heavily on government spend on environment related projects.

I suspect that dana1981's work at SkS is more than just a hobby.

Sep 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM | bernie

Jul 23, 2013 at 1:43 AM | Unregistered Commentergraphicconception

The shareholder Class Action Lawsuit against Tetra Tech alleges (amongst other things) that "the Company failed to inform investors the extent to which Tetra Tech's revenues would be impacted by an overall decline in the Eastern Canadian mining and oil industry."

Nuccitelli campaigns against the fossil-fuel industry.

Jul 23, 2013 at 3:21 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Heh, Dana's conflicts of interest pale in comparison to his conflicts in science.

Jul 23, 2013 at 5:01 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

With 18 articles in the past three months, Nuccitelli is practically running Guardian Environment’s Climate Change page singlehanded in his spare time left over after his fulltime job and his fulltime hobby at SkepticalScience. How does he do it? And what are the ten or eleven fulltime environment correspondents at the Graun up to? Monbiot’s into anti-badger culling and reintroducing pachyderms into rural Wales, we know. But the real elephant in the Rhondda is the almost total absence of Carrington, Vidal, Hickman, Goldenberg &co. Are they a vanishing species threatened by invasive predators?

Jul 23, 2013 at 6:25 AM | Registered Commentergeoffchambers

In a past existence I worked for a company taken over by a large UK company with many divisions involved in defence work. I had a colleague who was a pacifist/CND supporter who left the company shortly after, although we were working on nothing directly involved in defence he felt unable to add to the profits of the new owners.

Jul 23, 2013 at 7:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

'My office mostly cleans up contamination at former military sites.'

What's worse, being under the wing of "Big Oil" or the "Military-Indusrial Complex"?

Jul 23, 2013 at 8:06 AM | Unregistered Commentermarchesarosa

Between his work, his SS demagoguery, his demagoguery for the Guardian and his demagoguery all over the blogosphere correcting our collective denialist wrongs, he can't have much of a life.

Unless he does the last three on the back of the first mentioned. Or he doesn't have much of a life. Or both.

Jul 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterHenry Galt

@pinroot on Jul 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Allege[d] False and Misleading Statements
Like employer, like employee ...

Jul 23, 2013 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterThinking Heretic

I pointed this out two years ago, just strongly enough to put the heat on the SkS crew as their cult stalked me on the Net for posting skeptical infographics:

Jul 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterNikFromNYC

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