ClimateGate: Lord Stern and the Grantham Institute
As a resident of Norwich, that’s the City of Norwich in the County of Norfolk, which is in the region of East Anglia, for the worldwide journo’s who keep referring to East Anglia like its a country, I have had a strong interest in the mess at the UEA CRU in recent weeks.
I wanted to kick this off with a post about this item reported on the BBC:
There is no name attributed to this story, but I would suggest that Richard Black, yes the Richard Black praised in the ClimateGate emails, is somewhere in the mix:
“extremely disappointing to see something like this appear on BBC. its particularly odd, since climate is usually Richard Black’s beat at BBC (and he does a great job). from what I can tell, this guy was formerly a weather person at the Met Office.
We may do something about this on RealClimate, but meanwhile it might be appropriate for the Met Office to have a say about this, I might ask Richard Black what’s up here?“
Objective reporting or propaganda for one viewpoint? More info here:
The BBC chose this nice chap to comment on the appointment as follows:
Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, welcomed the appointment. But he said: “One concern is that the results may not be published until the Spring.
“This is probably necessary to allow a thorough investigation, but it does mean that those who are using ‘climategate’ as a propaganda tool for their own political ends might be able to enjoy many more weeks of mischief-making.
“The big question is whether so-called ‘sceptics’ will complain because the investigation will not be headed by one of their own, and whether they will suspend their campaigns of disinformation about this affair until the investigation is completed.”
The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment?
That would be the Institute that advises here in the UK, and is headed up by Nicholas Stern.
The British Governments, and international, stance on climate change has been shaped in no small part by Nicholas Stern (made a Lord in 2007 for his efforts), who has strongly pushed for the Copenhagen agreement and particularly carbon trading.
That would be Lord Stern who’s Stern Report has influenced decision makers on both sides of the pond.
That would be the Nicolas Stern who advises HSBC on their climate strategy.
The same Nicholas Stern who recently did an interview titled….
“Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics, is interviewed by Brendan Maton about the impact of climate change on the world economy, his hopes and fears for the summit in Copenhagen as well as the role and opportunities for investors in addressing climate change.”
the same Nicholas Stern who wrote a book advocating carbon licensing…..
And finally (drum roll please) that would be the same Nicholas Stern who in 2008 launched the Carbon Ratings Agency:
“The agency, run by the IdeaCarbon group of which Lord Stern is vice-chairman, said it would offer investors a guide to the quality of credits and the likelihood that they would be delivered. Sellers of carbon credits would have to pay to have their products rated, while buyers would also pay to gain access to the ratings.”
So Mr Bob Ward, policy and communications director, just maybe it’s not just those crazy sceptics who have an interest in this then? Some would even go as far as to say that people such as Lord Stern have a lot more to lose than most?
As you say, plenty more time for mischief making. Don’t waste it, Lord Stern and the other people who are paying your wages, are making money out of Climate Change and have millions of pounds at stake.
As I found his email address it seemed rude not to contact Bob Ward…..
I am slightly surprised, no scrap that, very disappointed to see your integrity levels are hovering somewhere down with the guys and gals at the CRU.
“This is probably necessary to allow a thorough investigation, but it does mean that those who are using ‘climategate’ as a propaganda tool for their own political ends might be able to enjoy many more weeks of mischief-making.”
Looks like the “sceptics” are not the only ones using propaganda tools, they just don’t have the ear of the BBC.
In terms of standing to lose or gain, the person who really should be ramping up the propaganda right now is your boss Nick Stern, who has a lot more to lose than most if Copenhagen ends without a deal. You know, since he is the Vice Chairman of the Carbon Ratings Agency.
Ah, but of course he does not need to, as you and the other employees are doing it for him.
Lets hope he has a place for you on his Ark when the ice all melts.