Friday, August 06, 2010

Bjørn Lomborg, Jim Skea Quit E&E Over Global Warming

Of course, Energy and Environment is the publication of last-resort for climate change deniers: if you can't place your paper anywhere else, they'll amost certainly take it--peer-reviewed, or not, depending on your preference. Jim Skea is Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC); Bjorn Lomborg is, well, Bjorn Lomborg , author of "Cool it" and other works sceptical of the claims behind AGW.

Not sceptical enough for E&E, though; it turns out both Lomborg and Skea have recanted their associations with the magazine. From Sonja A Boehmer-Christiansen of the Climatesceptics mailing-list:

Two of my editorial board have resigned over E&E taking too strong a position on the climate science debate (Lomborg and Skea, both with much public exposure...

That message was from back in July. It was confirmed by this slightly more cryptic message from yesterday:

Lomborg has resigned from his (inactive) role as an editorial board member of E&E and explained that he could be closely associated with the sceptics. As far as I know, remembering his old ideas, he represents no real challenge to anybody since his alternative policies neither threaten or encourage anybody..the money is just not forthcoming as there are few links from his policy suggestions to the profit motive, or technological innovation, or political power.

I think this should read "could NOT be closely associated", but the message is clear in any case. Lomborg (and, I suppose, Skea) don't want to be associated with the denialist crowd anymore.

So there you have it.


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