Lord Stern FRS
May 1, 2014
Bishop Hill in Greens, Royal Society, Stern

Congratulations to Lord Stern, who has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society. According to the press release, this is:

...in recognition of his work challenging the world view on the economics of climate change and his distinguished career in mathematical economics with involvement in industry and in government.

I hear on the grapevine that the bigwigs at the Royal Society were a bit miffed by the suggestion in Nullius in Verba that the society was a political advocacy operation. The elevation of Stern - whose report on climate economics was criticised by the entirely non-sceptic economist William Nordhaus as "political in nature" and having "advocacy as its purpose" - is doing little to assuage my doubts.

And those doubts are strengthened by another of the names released today. Among the new foreign members is former US Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, another keen basher of climate heretics and an wide-eyed advocate for renewable energy.

But if nothing else, I'm grateful to the society for keeping us all entertained at BH towers.

In passing, I should note one other point of interest. I was also surprised to see on the full list of new fellows one Anthony Watts, but this turns out to be a geologist from Oxford. WUWT is good, but not that good.

Update on May 1, 2014 by Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Another name I overlooked was Richard Alley, elected a foreign member.

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