“It’s beginning to look like a pattern…”
Of course there are anguished howls of “Whitewash!” reverberating around the blogosphere, but the mainstream media has largely lost interest. Maybe now we can get back to something approaching normality.
I kind of missed the launch of the GWPF (Global Warming Policy Foundation) last November – I guess that it hasn’t had a great deal of publicity in the past, or maybe I was too deeply buried in Physics.
It is a registered charity/”think tank” in the United Kingdom (sharing an address with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining).
They’ve attracted a bit of interest by declaring that they are not happy with how the three independent inquiries into “Climategate” were conducted:
The Global Warming Policy Foundation has criticised the Independent Climate Change Email Review for a lack of openness and transparency in its inquiry. In response, the GWPF has announced that it has commissioned its own investigation into the way the three Climategate inquiries have been set up, how they were conducted an (sic) how they arrived at their conclusions.
So who are they, exactly?
The director is reasonably well known – he’s Benny Peiser, social anthropologist at Liverpool John Moores University and co-editor of Energy & Environment (of the publications listed on his home page at LJMU, exactly half are in E&E).
The board of trustees consists of the following:
- Lord Lawson of Blaby. Conservative politician.
Degree in Economics. City Editor of the Telegraph for a while. Chancellor of the Exchequer during the Thatcher years. So fond of his own name that he christened his daughter Nigella (two of his other daughters are called Thomasina and Horatia).
- Baron Barnett of Heywood and Royton. Accountant, and Labour MP (Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1974 to 1979).
- Baron Donoughue of Ashton in the County of Northamptonshire.
BA and PhD in History. Worked for both The Economist and The Times, and was also a senior policy adviser to Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan.
- Baron Fellowes of Shotesham in the County of Norfolk
Academic background not known. Married Lady Jane Spencer, the elder sister of Diana Princess of Wales. He is also the first cousin once removed of Sarah, Duchess of York.
Banker, and member of the Royal Household.
- Peter Forster, Anglican Bishop of Chester. Has a degree in Chemistry and a later Batchelor of Divinity and PhD.
- Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne. Educated at the Royal Academy of Music. Was a computer programmer and systems analyst before turning to politics. Was an MP and an MEP, a Conservative who defected to the Liberal Democrats. The only female in the entire organisation.
- Baron Turnbull of Enfield. Educated at Cambridge (degree not known). Retired civil servant (head of Her Majesty’s Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary).
- Sir Martin Jacomb. Educated at Eton & Oxford, worked as a barrister before turning to business in 1968. Not a peer, but received a knighthood in 1985.
- Henri Lepage. A French libertarian economist.
At the time of their launch, Lawson cheerfully admitted that the average age of the board was 74.
- Vincent Courtillot, who attracted the attention of Real Climate a couple of times
- Freeman Dyson
- Richard Lindzen
- Ian Plimer
OK, getting back to the GWPF’s inquiry. Given the high level names in the three Climategate inquiries, who have they appointed for their inquiry?
One Andrew Montford, whose scientific (and economic) credentials are that he’s a blogger….
Ah, well, at least we won’t have long to wait – his “report” is due in August.
I tend to be apolitical, but I’m inclined to think that the UK probably ought to consider abandoning the 19th Century and adopt an elected second house rather than relying on a mix of hereditary and life peers who can continue to influence as long as they are still breathing.
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