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December 10, 2009

Sure, Why Not: Scientists in Met Office (Overseeing CRU) "Pressured" to Sign Circular Defending AGW "Or Risk Losing Work"

The science is settled; your contract extension? Maybe not so much.

Britain's Met Office has embarked on an urgent exercise to bolster the reputation of climate-change science after the furor over leaked e-mails, referred to as "Climate-gate."

More than 1,700 scientists have agreed to sign a statement defending the "professional integrity" of global warming research. They were responding to a round-robin request from the Met Office, which has spent four days collecting signatures. The initiative is a sign of how worried it is that e-mails stolen from the University of East Anglia are fueling skepticism about man-made global warming at a critical moment in talks on carbon emissions.

One scientist said that he felt under pressure to sign the circular or risk losing work. The Met Office admitted that many of the signatories did not work on climate change.

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One scientist told The Times of London he felt pressure to sign. "The Met Office is a major employer of scientists and has long had a policy of only appointing and working with those who subscribe to their views on man-made global warming," he said.

In related news, "science" has finally solved the longstanding riddle of gravity. A group of scientists attempted to circulate a petition stating that gravity was particular in nature, but they only garnered 520 signatures. Another group of scientists started a counter-petition stating that gravity was a wave-like energy, and this petition attracted over 2,200 signatures, many of them even from the field of physics.

So it was settled: Gravity is an energy, 2200 - 520.

Next up: Alchemy. Maybe we can transmute lead to gold. The pro-alchemist forces are backed with a $5,000,000 ad campaign from Spielberg's SKG Studio, so looking good!

Finally, science I can actually begin covering on this blog. We can post polls, press releases, spin, appearances on Hardball... finally a science that is stupid enough for me to understand, and which bends to public opinion.

Thanks to Robert_Paulsen.







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