New transcripts this month, some relating to climate and environment, others to the Sir Tim Hunt witch-hunt and City University woman of mystery Connie St. Louis. I’m going to be lazy and copy the following mostly from my Twitter account:
- 05/07/15 Dr. Mitchell Taylor: polar bears “appear to be as abundant… as ever, in most populations”: http://tinyurl.com/pmu8jeb
- 10/07/15 Prof. Richard Allan; pause due to heat “going to deeper levels” of the oceans, which “slosh about”: http://tinyurl.com/pc6j5zc
- 05/06/15 Prof. Keith Shine: pause partly due to older analysis, now “not as much as we first thought”: http://tinyurl.com/ol6xj8j
- 13/07/15 On “the world has lost half its wildlife”: BBC in uncritical mode: http://tinyurl.com/naz47pa
- 12/07/15 Sir Paul Nurse on “Twitter and media storm”: Sir Tim Hunt “should never have been sacked” by UCL: http://tinyurl.com/nfpw6xs
- 24/07/12 Connie St. Louis on the media: “learn how to use it as your tool”: http://tinyurl.com/qz9h4h6 : “you can change policies”.
- 23/07/15 Arctic sea-ice volume up 41% in 2013 – “not to get hopes up, as such, but…”: http://tinyurl.com/nbhxehf
- 04/05/15 Lord Stern talking to John Humphrys on the Today programme: http://tinyurl.com/qzwrk7v
- 15/07/15 Three interviews on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, two about the UK’s ever-increasing risk of winter blackouts and one with Lord Smith, head of the new Task Force on Shale Gas: http://tinyurl.com/q6vkahj
- 04/12/14 Sir Tim Hunt inspires students in China: female student – “He told us to explore something new”: http://tinyurl.com/nb47csc
- 25/07/15 Ed Davey and Richard Howard on the Green Deal’s demise: http://tinyurl.com/ogc5fst: Howard: “need to get these subsidies down”.
- 03/04/14 In less than 2 mins, CSL twice mentions need to call science “to account”: http://tinyurl.com/ppbm4gq Quis custodiet, though?
On the matter of Sir Tim Hunt, I would like to commend Louise Mensch for her unwavering search for the truth, over the past couple of months – if the current crop of paid-up journalists had a hundredth of her drive and dedication, there would be a lot less misinformation in the world.
Back to Ed Davey on renewable energy:
First of all, we’ve had huge success on renewable electricity, under the Coalition. We saw renewable electricity treble, huge increase in offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, biomass and so on. And actually it was really good value for money, because we’ve got to tackle climate change, as you said at the beginning of your introduction. But interestingly, when we set this budget, the prices – electricity prices in 2020 – because its all about affordability – the electricity prices were forecast to be much higher than they’re going to be now, because wholesale prices have come down. So actually, going green is going to be more affordable for the economy, taken whole, not less affordable…
Now, I could have sworn that a few years ago, he was saying renewables were a good choice because wholesale energy prices were going to be higher, and suddenly he’s saying that renewables are a good choice now that wholesale energy prices are lower.
Some naughty and cynical people might suppose that Mr Davey simply uses whatever argument seems expedient at the time, consistency be damned, but that would indeed be a naughty and cynical thing to suppose. :-)