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March 16th, 2007

An interesting report from The Times (hat tips to Rog and Richard Tol).

Following the broadcast of The Great Global Warming Swindle, Dr Armand Leroi, who had been planning to work with Durkin on a documentary, sent him an email expressing concern about the programme and saying “To put this bluntly: the data that you showed in your programme were . . . wrong in several different ways.” He copied the email to scientific author Simon Singh. Durkin responded to Leroi saying “You’re a big daft c*ck.â€? A further email from Singh, urging Durkin to engage in serious debate, received the response “Go and f*ck yourself”. Leroi subsequently stated that he was withdrawing his co-operation with Durkin.

This was the day that Frank Devine chose to begin his column in the Oz, which has enthusiastically plugged Durkin’s work, “Climate change predictors really need to acquire a few social graces.”

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  1. rog
    March 17th, 2007 at 05:40 | #1

    Prof Carl Wunsch warns of the risk to scientific credibilty made by “rhetorical excess” and the “over-dramatization and unwarranted extrapolation of scientific facts.” I think the horse has truly bolted out that door.


  2. jquiggin
    March 17th, 2007 at 07:07 | #2

    I think anyone who saw Titanic knows that there is a risk of overdramatization where Leonardo di Caprio is concerned, Rog.

  3. melanie
    March 18th, 2007 at 15:59 | #3

    After Tony Blair’s announcement the other night, I’m conceding to Tol that AGW is the dominant view at least in England. I suspect Durkin’s rudeness is a reflection of that – he knows he doesn’t have a leg left to stand on.

  4. March 19th, 2007 at 16:02 | #4

    ProfQ, suggested title for a new post:

    Andrew Bolt’s war on Robyn Williams

    Its been going on all week now. The Bolta’s obsessed!

    Answering Williams’ shameless slur
    Robyn Williams 20 times more alarming than even James Hansen
    Warming Williams exaggerates again
    Alarming Williams runs out of water

  5. Simonjm
    March 19th, 2007 at 22:10 | #5

    Yes it’s hard for him to take going up against someone that knows his science and isn’t bluffed by his BS or fooled by his passive aggressive front. His attacks on Williams will sink what little credibility he had.

  6. wilful
    March 20th, 2007 at 12:01 | #6

    …what little credibility he had…

    Excuse me? What credibility?

  7. D McCarthy
    March 21st, 2007 at 11:49 | #7

    oooh! Naughty Durkin swears in private email shocker.
    Whatever next?

    The last straw will be if he dares suggest boarding a plane is not the moral equivalent of paedophilia! http://www.monbiot.com/archives/1999/07/29/meltdown/

  8. Chris O’Neill
    March 24th, 2007 at 00:55 | #8

    “oooh! Naughty Durkin swears in private email shocker.
    Whatever next?”

    What was he thinking when he apologized?

  9. Peter Wood
    March 27th, 2007 at 21:43 | #9

    An interesting article in the March 10 New Scientist discussed how someone called David Wasdell analysed the recent IPCC report, and compared it with the draft IPCC report before it was sent out to governments for final changes. He found that the final version removed most of the references to dangerous positive feedbacks such as carbon cycle feedback effects.

    I found a copy of his report at http://www.meridian.org.uk/Resources/Global%20Dynamics/IPCC/index.htm .

  10. philip
    July 10th, 2007 at 15:45 | #10

    Now that the Swindle is being shown in OZ, how about an update?

    In Weekend Australian (7-8 July), they had an article by Durkin with a couple of graphs from a paper by “a leading astrophysicist from Harvard”. I tracked the source down to Willie Soon’s 2005 paper .

    Aside from dubious stats techniques and nonstandard temperature data, his funding is from fossil fuel sources. Not mentioned by Durkin. Probably worried that his “soft-left soft-green middle classes” would think he is politicizing science if he mentioned that.

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