Climategate Investigator Hides Eco Directorship

Another day, another story about the fox guarding the chicken coop. Andrew Orlowski at the UK Register has the exclusive

The peer leading the second Climategate enquiry at the University of East Anglia serves as a director of one of the most powerful environmental networks in the world, according to Companies House documents – and has failed to declare it.

Lord Oxburgh, a geologist by training and the former scientific advisor to the Ministry of Defence, was appointed to lead the enquiry into the scientific aspects of the Climategate scandal on Monday. But Oxburgh is also a director of GLOBE, the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment.

GLOBE may be too obscure to merit its own Wikipedia entry, but that belies its wealth and influence. It funds meetings for parliamentarians worldwide with an interest in climate change, and prior to the Copenhagen Summit GLOBE issued guidelines (pdf) for legislators. Little expense is spared: in one year alone, one peer – Lord Michael Jay of Ewelme – enjoyed seven club class flights and hotel accommodation, at GLOBE’s expense. There’s no greater love a Parliamentarian can give to the global warming cause. And in return, Globe lists Oxburgh as one of 23 key legislators.

Why did he fail to disclose this relationship? This would be akin to putting Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL, in charge of auditing the government’s abortion policies, or

One insider, who declined to be named, described Oxburgh’s appointment as “like putting Dracula in charge of the Blood Bank”.

I’m sure we’ll get a balanced, honest account of what happened at East Anglia, right? Right?

H/t Jim Fister

Elsewhere, you know the climahysteria regarding the loss of Bengal Island? Yeah, about that, Anthony Watts destroys the meme.

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