Well, I’m not one for Conspiracy Theories, but when you have a bunch of folks of similar political leaning all paying each other it’s hard not to see some kind of collusion, especially since that’s the whole purpose of group activity is to work together to an end.
But the Cassava? Really?
OK, I’m filching this from WUWT Tips & Notes simply because I can’t stand waiting for Anthony to have ‘first shot’ at it. But he needs to jump on it. With h/t to TimiBoy, From:
Yup. Seems that some earthshaking science that overturns the consensus of settled Casava science might be more shaky that the earth was…
These new “findings” widely hyped on pro-green news outlets have come under closer scrutiny since discredited Climategate crank, Kevin Trenberth (see video here) rushed to the authors’ defense. Bizarrely the controversial study totally contradicts the findings of a large body of science that has told us for years that carbon dioxide (CO2) is an essential plant food and adding more of it increases organic growth.
Moreover, it is established practice in agriculture that enclosures using increased CO2 promote crop yields, is good for both agro-business and consumers in that it leads to increased cost efficiency and thus cheaper food prices.
But, as we shall see below, when the Aussie biologist was asked during an interview to explain why her conclusions contradicted the findings of such eminent scientists such as Katsu Imai (1984) and others, she dramatically ended proceedings.
But when Timothy Wells, a free-lance TV producer and interviewer sought to persuade Gleadow to answer detailed questions on this headline-grabbing story she turned nasty. Gleadow became edgy and evasive and just wouldn’t give a straight answer to explain her extraordinary conclusions; thus clearly failing to demonstrate the accepted standards of transparency and integrity expected in the wider scientific community.
From the moment it was published independent experts have questioned how this Aussie paper could so dramatically contradict Kimball (1983) and other earlier results.
Digging deeper, Wells then discovered that the source for the paper’s funding had been the Finkel Foundation. This organization is the brainchild of Dr. Alan Finkel who also finances a far left environmentalist magazine called “G.” Sat on the advisory board of “G” is Tim Flannery, Sir Richard Branson and several other staunch climate doomsaying activists with deep pockets.
But even more pointedly, Dr. Finkel was the Chancellor of Monash University at the time this “research” was done. We may not have a full-blown ‘Cassava-gate’ just yet but readers will no doubt draw their own conclusions; so expect to see more on this story as the plot thickens.
More in the story at the end of the link…