Skip to comments.French Researchers Ask Science Minister to Disavow Climate Skeptic
Posted on 04/03/2010 9:47:41 PM PDT by neverdem
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.
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.
LOL! He struck a nerve, no doubt!
400 vs. 1; with those odds, even the French could win something.
The fairness, tolerance and openess crowd strike again!
A new Galileo?
This guy seems much more publicly popular and politically well-connected.
This sure smacks of “I’m telling your Mom so you stop picking on me!”
Their gravy train is definitely threatened...
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.
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.
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.
Yep. They have an ax to grind.
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.
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.
Thanks Ernest_at_the_Beach and neverdem, and g’night all!