Eli was reading Skeptical Science's takedown (it should be) of the Wall Street Journal 16 letter, when he noticed that one of the signers was listed as
James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University
Now everyone knows that this must mean the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University aka Virginia Tech, which is located in Blackburg and about as far from civilization as you can get on the US East Coast. McGrath is the Ethyl Corporation Professor at VaTech, and a polymer chemist, but that was curious, so the bunny pointed it out and went on. Today Eli was looking at another discourse on the farce which quoted William Nordhaus
The piece completely misrepresented my work. My work has long taken the view that policies to slow global warming would have net economic benefits, in the trillion of dollars of present value. This is true going back to work in the early 1990s (MIT Press, Yale Press, Science, PNAS, among others). I have advocated a carbon tax for many years as the best way to attack the issue. I can only assume they either completely ignorant of the economics on the issue or are willfully misstating my findings.The quote originally came from Andy Revkin, but Eli was simply shocked at how shocked Andy was, after all, you lie down with the Pielkes and you catch denialism. Whodda known. Anyhow, a thought occurred, who else had they managed to get the attribution wrong on. Well how about Roger the Elder's good friend
Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service and
Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris;
that should be the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the Institute of Geophysics
There may be a few others, but what this has is the stink of a letter put together by the same PR shop that provided the OISM petition but this time they outsourced the work to India (naw, the Indians speak English better than the Americans), but somewhere else. It also raises the question of whether the authors actually SAW the letter before it was published. The Rabett Hole you are associated with catches your eye on a letter you signed.
Not very important, but fodder for Willard UPDATE: and perhaps for the British police investigating Murdoch's shenanigans. He has only a few key people that he keeps moving about the world. If Eli were so inclined, perhaps he would wonder if there were a connection between Data Pool 3 (see link) and some recent computer searches known to us.