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http://www.nocarbontax.com.au/2011/08/dr-art-raiche-retired-csiro-chief-research-scientist-on-scientists-independence/

"Management learned how to bring the most senior climate scientist under their control. It was OK to think independently…as long as Management approved of it.

We were given very strict, VERY strict guidelines on not publishing anything or publicly discussing any research that could be seen as critical to Government policy.If we did not do it, we would be subject to dismissal.

We had now become a Government Enterprise. We were told by the Chairperson that we Scientists no longer worked for Australia, we had to learn that we worked for the CSIRO."

Listen to the whole address (about 12:17 m). The bit quoted above comes about 08:20 in.

This SO agrees with my own experience: a family member is a senior scientist for the CSIRO and I had always respected his scientific views ... until I asked him to comment on climate science when all his rational thought went out the window and he towed the government line losing all my respect in the process.

Aug 19, 2011 at 7:05 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/aug/18/aliens-destroy-humanity-protect-civilisations
Here's the latest NASA scare story
Must be climate comedy of the week

Aug 18, 2011 at 11:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

The August Ipsos MORI "issues" poll has just been published:
http://www.ipsos-mori.com/Assets/Docs/Polls/Aug11issuestopline.PDF

Less than half of a per cent consider "Pollution / environment" to be "the most important issue facing Britain today". 3% consider it one of "other important issues facing Britain today".

Aug 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobin Guenier

@Dreadnought

Note who it was who came to that conclusion.....

"This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by scientists at Nasa and Pennsylvania State University"

Aug 18, 2011 at 9:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

"It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/aug/18/aliens-destroy-humanity-protect-civilisations

Repeat after me: "Klaatu barada nikto."

Aug 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterDreadnought

I thought it was April 1st when I saw this but it is genuine.

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2027436/Alligator-fat-replace-petrol-scientists-convert-biodiesel-fuel.html

Aug 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

From GWPF Thu evening

The Climate Policy Network

U.S. States Begin Dismantling Green Energy Sector

Quietly but systematically, the Pennsylvanian administration has all but shut down the state Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment -- the state's primary energy office -- and removed directors and reassigned staff in the Office of Energy Management in the Department of General Services and the Governor's Green Government Council. It has also forbidden state executive agencies from signing contracts that support clean energy supply. One former DEP employee said of the Energy Office, "it's being taken apart piece-by-piece and the pieces are being thrown away." --Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 14 August 2011

Pennsylvania is not the only state reassessing or reducing green policies. Governors and legislators have voiced similar concerns in Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, according to the Pew Research Center. --Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 14 August 2011


Is this good news or not!!! ????

Aug 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Walsh

I despair....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/18/raise-vat-energy-ministers

http://www2.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/publications/Policy/docs/PP_climate-change-policy-uk.pdf

I am just thankful the article says it is doubtful the UK government will act on this report.

Aug 18, 2011 at 1:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss H

Lots of "possibly" and "may" in this article. Plus the obligatory inference to Climate Change

This is my favourite though...

"According to research there is strong evidence that an increase is linked to three main factors - pollution, overfishing and possibly climate change"

Strong Evidence of a possibility? Brilliant

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14556755

Aug 18, 2011 at 1:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss H

Aug 18, 2011 at 12:49 PM | Brownedoff

Whoa!

Sorry, it seems to be a World Bank word.

http://tinyurl.com/3qt7s4s

Aug 18, 2011 at 1:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrownedoff

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