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French Researchers Ask Science Minister to Disavow Climate Skeptic
ScienceInsider ^ | April 2, 2010 | Martin Enserink

Posted on 04/03/2010 9:47:41 PM PDT by neverdem

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PARIS—More than 400 French climate scientists want science minister Valérie Pécresse to take a clear stand against the country's most vocal climate skeptic, geochemist Claude Allègre of the Institute of Geophysics of Paris (IPGP). On Wednesday, the group sent Pécresse a letter denouncing Allègre's latest book, L'imposture climatique (The Climate Fraud), and asking her to express confidence in the climate research community. Allègre was science minister from 1997 until 2000.

The book—a series of interviews with journalist Dominique de Montvalon—includes a harsh attack on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which Allègre calls a "mafia-like system" that propagates a "baseless myth." Climate scientists and journalists at several newspapers have argued that the book is riddled with errors, distortions of the data, and outright lies.

The dispute has played out for 2 months in raucous TV and radio debates and countless op-eds. French scientists say it's time for the government and several prominent lab directors to take sides. The group also takes aim at IPGP Director Vincent Courtillot, another global warming skeptic. Allègre and Courtillot have made "false accusations" and "have forgotten the basic principles of scientific ethics, breaking the moral pact that binds every scientist to society," Wednesday's letter says. Pécresse has yet to address the letter directly, but on Wednesday, she told the newspaper Libération that she wants the Academy of Sciences to organize a debate about the issue.

"I couldn't care less," Allègre was quoted as saying today by Libération. He called the letter a "useless and stupid petition." Climatologists "have wasted a lot of public money [studying climate change] and they're afraid of losing their funding, afraid of losing their jobs," he said.

Allègre, who won the prestigious Crafoord Prize in 1986, has written many popular science books. He was a combative and at times abrasive figure as minister, and his attempt to reform the French science system triggered massive protests that ultimately helped to sink the plan. There has been speculation that he might join the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy, with whom he is said to have good rapport.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: climategate; france; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax

1 posted on 04/03/2010 9:47:42 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Claude’s got a couple titles in English on Amazon. I might check him out.

Apparently, one of them is about plate tectonics and seafloor spreading, the history of the theory, and how several generations of the then-reigning geological establishment saw their ricebowls threatened and went to grotesque lengths to try and stifle the theory.

Pathetic that they publicly beg the Science Minister to muzzle him. They’ve no doubt played perfectly into his hands.


2 posted on 04/03/2010 9:59:36 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: neverdem

LOL! He struck a nerve, no doubt!


3 posted on 04/03/2010 10:35:54 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: neverdem

400 vs. 1; with those odds, even the French could win something.


4 posted on 04/03/2010 11:05:44 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: neverdem

The fairness, tolerance and openess crowd strike again!


5 posted on 04/03/2010 11:14:14 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: sinanju

A new Galileo?


6 posted on 04/03/2010 11:20:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

This guy seems much more publicly popular and politically well-connected.


7 posted on 04/03/2010 11:22:17 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: HiTech RedNeck
My favorite Galileo quote... “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”
8 posted on 04/04/2010 1:21:00 AM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: neverdem; Amagi; Fiddlstix; Tunehead54; Clive; FrPR; tubebender; marvlus; TenthAmendmentChampion; ..
 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

9 posted on 04/04/2010 3:33:21 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (Warmists as "traffic light" apocalyptics: "Greens too yellow to admit they're really Reds."-Monckton)
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To: neverdem

This sure smacks of “I’m telling your Mom so you stop picking on me!”


10 posted on 04/04/2010 5:00:39 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: neverdem; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; steelyourfaith; NormsRevenge; onyx; BOBTHENAILER; ...
LOL!

Their gravy train is definitely threatened...

11 posted on 04/04/2010 11:51:22 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: All
And we have complaints over here too...here is a book:


12 posted on 04/04/2010 11:58:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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Review:

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In one of the more delightful innovations in book publishing, Encounter books is now presenting a series of "broadsides," pamphlets with the look and feel of 18th century political tracts but addressing modern issues.

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In the final analysis, this little book does what any broadside should do. It summarizes the issues quickly and accurately for a lay audience. Those who want to learn more about the subject should look to Spencer's more detailed book, Climate Confusion but in this pamphlet you will find far more useful information than you are likely to get in a year's worth of articles in the NY or LA Times. A very worthwhile read.

13 posted on 04/05/2010 12:01:06 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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Biography

Roy W. Spencer is a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was formerly a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA. He is co-developer of the original satellite method for precise monitoring of global temperatures from Earth-orbiting satellites. He has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming and authored the 2008 New York Times bestseller, Climate Confusion.


14 posted on 04/05/2010 12:03:15 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: neverdem
Climatologists "have wasted a lot of public money [studying climate change] and they're afraid of losing their funding, afraid of losing their jobs," he said.

Yep. They have an ax to grind.

15 posted on 04/05/2010 12:05:51 AM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: neverdem

One day,this cult will be treated like the Scientologist in France.

Not because I hate organized religion but because there is a need for justice.


16 posted on 04/05/2010 11:33:28 AM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well yet another refreshing bit of news to sprout. I cannot help but wonder how many of those “four hundred” are actually scientist or engineering types verse reviewers of documents that check for typos, administrators etc.. Just what constitutes a climate scientist.


17 posted on 04/05/2010 4:55:54 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Cincinna; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...

Thanks Ernest_at_the_Beach and neverdem, and g’night all!


18 posted on 04/05/2010 8:45:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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