Pots and Kettles – Follow the money
Posted by Jeff Id on September 13, 2010
Bob Ward (Andrew Montford’s recent nemesis), has written a piece titled – Why ExxonMobil must be taken to task over climate denial funding. Before we get into that, his recent review of Andrew Montford’s The Hockey Stick Illusion was incredibly biased, missed the technical meaning of nearly the whole thing and bordered so much on libel he was forced to change it. The purpose of pointing this is to show the Taminoesque personality we’re dealing with and the fact that, intellectually, Bob is perfectly comfortable with publishing pro-AGW climate disinformation.
In this case, Bob Ward goes after Exxon for funding conservative groups accused of publishing, you guessed it, disinformation on climate. I hate to break it to him, but I’ve seen a lot more disinformation from main stream climate science® than I have from any conservative group. Hockeysticks, melting Antarctic, melting Himalayas, melting sea ice, drought, ridiculously exaggerated sea level rise, expanding hurricanes, shrinking fish, sheep, birds and plants (no I’m not kidding on the last four).
So what Bob Ward is apparently saying, is that it’s ok to fund hockeystic temp curves which have no more relationship to temperature than a kid with a crayon, but not to fund those who point out the errors. Clear now?
Well today, Barry Woods an anonymous reader (unless they want credit), pointed out that apparently Exxon funds are sent to— Bob Ward’s acceptable disinformation on climate.
Here’s a quote from his exxon bashing, and a couple of links. Whole article is above.
A few weeks ago, ExxonMobil revealed that it made contributions in 2008 to lobby groups such as the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Heritage Foundation in order to “promote informed discussion”. So I have now written again to ExxonMobil to point out that these organisations publish misleading information about climate change on their websites, and to seek guidance on how to reconcile this fact with the pledge made by the company. I believe that the company should keep its promise by ending its financial support for lobby groups that mislead the public about climate change.
• Bob Ward is the policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science.
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Bob Ward joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in November 2008 from Risk Management Solutions, where he was director of public policy. He worked at the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science, for eight years until October 2006. He has also worked as a freelance science writer and journalist, and has a degree in geology. Ward is a member of the executive committees of the Association of British Science Writers and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine Public Relations Association, and is a member of the board of the UK’s Science Media Center.
And finally the Exxon funding for the Science and Media Center, on which Bob is apparently a board member.