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Tuesday, 17 July 2012 09:53

Right from the first paragraph this scurrilous article was lying about our views:

A new analysis of 2,000 years of tree ring data has quickly made climate change deniers' list of greatest hits to the theory of manmade global warming.

(http://www.livescience.com/21624-tree-rings-global-warming.html)

That was bad enough, but then it got personal because it would appear that these words are coming from the very academic who tried to suggest he wanted to engage with sceptics and who invited us to St. Andrews:

"However, the study actually does none of the above. "Our study doesn't go against anthropogenic global warming in any way," said Robert Wilson, a paleoclimatologist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a co-author of the study, which appeared July 8 in the journal Nature Climate Change. The tree rings do help fill in a piece of Earth's complicated climate puzzle, he said. However, it is climate change deniers who seem to have misconstrued the bigger picture."

Very careful reading might spot that the last sentence is missing that vital quotation mark to confirm this was his view, but the impression is very clearly that this sentiment is associated with Robert Wilson.

As such SCEF have written to Robert asking him to assure us that these are not his words and that he does not wish to associate himself in any way with this lie that we "deny climate change".

Addendum

Well Robert cannot be faulted for his speed!

Hi Mike,

I have done a couple of phone interviews of the past few days and am 99% sure I would not have used the term "denier". I might have used "sceptics" however.

have e-mail[ed] the author to see if she would make the change

Rob

Thank you Robert.

 

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