On the subject of Professional Ethics

What appears below is a somewhat surprising exchange of emails I had on Thursday (22 March) with Ms Christine McEntee, the Executive Director of the AGU: Whilst I wish her well in all her endeavours, it would seem that they will be too late to do anything about Richard Lindzen who is due to retire very soon I believe… ———————— Ms. Christine W. McEntee Executive Director American Geophysical Union 2000 Florida Avenue N.W. Washington, DC USA Dear Ms McEntee, Further to my recent email to Agu_execdirector@agu.org (the main content of which was published on my blog today), I hereby wish to formalise my request (as was thereby forwarded to you) for your comment on the decision of MIT to dismiss my complaint of academic misconduct and/or dishonesty against Professor Lindzen. Please note that, whilst I am both a Chartered Geologist and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London [GSL] and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management [CIWEM] (and am copying this email to both organisations), this is an entirely personal initiative being pursued solely as a consequence of my interest in the integrity and public perception of climate science. With this appeal to you, I feel I have now taken this matter as far as I can and, apart from publishing my final thoughts on the matter on my blog just after midnight tonight GMT/UTC…, this may be the last thing I post on the subject of Lindzengate, unless or until you respond to this email. However, please note that I say this merely to advise you that – unless you insist on confidentiality(?) – I should intend to publish on my blog any response that you may be so kind as to give me. Yours very sincerely, Rick C. Altman. BSc (Hons)(Geology), MSc (Hydrogeology), MA (Environmental Politics), FGS CGeol MCIWEM. ———————— Dear Mr. Altman, We understand your concern about propagation of misinformation about scientific research. AGU is currently exploring the process of developing a code of conduct for its members that could speak to issues such as professional and ethics standards in performing and communicating about scientific research. I encourage you to watch our web site for information regarding the code of conduct following the completion of work by the task force addressing this issue. Best regards, Chris McEntee ———————— Given my asscociation with the GSL and CIWEM, may be I can offer a couple of pointers: The GSL’s Code of Publishing Ethics (circa 2007); and The CIWEM’s Code of Professional Ethics (circa 2001).


About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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12 Responses to On the subject of Professional Ethics

  1. Ah, but reading between the lines does open up an interesting angle! πŸ˜‰


  2. speaking of ethics … I see a certain friend of ours has now ingratiated himself into a new spot, and not only that, a careful read of his latest blogs shows that the watermelon is slowly changing its colour … bit by bit of course, I think it is done in the hope that nobody notices that his readership is so low even a watermelon farmer would throw him away as a waste of time in the markets. 😦 But it’s not working too well, not too long ago he tried the ol’ homosexuals and drugs bit on “ricochet” and got burnt so bad he’s had to change his ways once again … don’t look like there’s too many hunting grounds left for this bad wolf. http://ricochet.com/Profile/James-Delingpole


  3. Rick Altman says:

    Ricochet is troll free because it is not toll free… However, in the case of Delingpole, trolls are actually realists (as opposed to fantacists)… I would love to be able to spoil his party but, ever since I set up a blog called James Delingpile with a photo of a steaming pile of horse manure as a banner image, he has refused to talk to me (don’t know why)… https://anthropocenereality.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/delingpile.jpg?w=700


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