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Brulle on Climate Shift: “I requested to be removed from the report because I felt that my role was being used to create a veneer of academic legitimacy that I do not believe the report merits.”

By Joe Romm  

"Brulle on Climate Shift: “I requested to be removed from the report because I felt that my role was being used to create a veneer of academic legitimacy that I do not believe the report merits.”"

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Plus I pose two questions to Nisbet

Prof. Matthew Nisbet has responded (here) to the multiple critiques that demonstrated his 99-page report, Climate Shift, was self-contradictory and false.

One of the main source of the critique, Dr. Robert J. Brulle, emailed me a response that notes “Dr. Nisbet does not respond to the evidence presented that the data in Chapter One of his own report contradicts the conclusions and executive summary regarding the financial differences between supporters and opponents of cap and trade.”

Brulle also disputes Nisbet’s characterization of both the review process and his reason for withdrawing his name from the report.  To set the record straight, Brulle also sent me his withdrawal email to Nisbet.  I’ll post Brulle’s email and then two questions that I posed to Nisbet by email last night:

Joe:

I would like to make a couple of points regarding this [Nisbet] commentary for the record.

1. Dr. Nisbet does not respond to the evidence presented that the data in Chapter One of his own report contradicts the conclusions and executive summary regarding the financial differences between supporters and opponents of cap and trade.

2. The conclusions in Chapter 1 were added after I had reviewed the document. Specifically, I never saw the material contained in the third and fourth paragraphs on page 1 (continuing on to page 2), and the conclusion to Chapter 1 that starts on page 23.

3. I never saw or reviewed the Executive Summary. In fact, Dr. Nisbet never has provided me a copy of this document, and I only learned of what was written here from a third party providing me with this document.

4. I requested to be removed from the report because I felt that my role was being used to create a veneer of academic legitimacy that I do not believe the report merits. The specifics of my rationale for resignation are detailed below in the email I sent to Dr. Nisbet.

Best
Bob Brulle

From: Robert Brulle
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 1:03 AM
To: ‘Matthew C. Nisbet’
Subject: Climateshift Report

Dear Dr. Nisbet:

Now that I have seen the entire report, I have major disagreements with some of your conclusions, and your characterization of my role in this process. Your description of my role in this effort is misleading at best (and which I had never reviewed or approved). I believe that this report is using my participation in the review process to legitimate its contents, and to try to create the impression that this report meets the criteria of a refereed publication. In my opinion, it does not. I don’t believe that the report as written meets what you call the “highest standards for rigor, evidence and accuracy.”

Accordingly, I am returning the honorarium check and formally request that you remove my name from the report.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brulle

In his reply, Nisbet also notes that I hadn’t contacted him about his report.  So I sent him an e-mail last night asking the following two questions:

First, can you tell me which environmental groups you interviewed during your research for this report specifically over the past 5 months either 1) to get input on your financial analysis of their spending [other than Alliance for Climate Protection] or 2) to interview about their views on why the climate bill failure occurred?

Second, what is the correct characterization of your main financial conclusion?

# Full Report (p. 1):  “As the analysis indicates, the environmental movement has made sizable gains in closing the spending gap with their conservative and industry opponents.”
# Exec Sum (p. 2): “The national environmental groups working on climate change have closed the financial gap with their longstanding opponents among conservative think tanks, groups and industry associations.”
# Press Advisory headline:  “In Cap and Trade Fight, Environmentalists Held Spending Edge over Opponents, New Report Finds.”
and your new post, “it is also a mistake to assume that by holding an overall spending edge, they [environmental groups] should have won.”

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4 Responses to Brulle on Climate Shift: “I requested to be removed from the report because I felt that my role was being used to create a veneer of academic legitimacy that I do not believe the report merits.”

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    Thanks, Robert Brulle, for showing your integrity here. Part of the upcoming struggle is going to be an inner one, and we will need all hands on deck.

  2. Lou Grinzo says:

    The PR push on this report is ramping up. I just received a press release from “Amber Taylor, [e-mail address]@tricomassociates.com” pushing the report. Strangely, it never mentions Joe’s coverage of the matter on CP. Go figure.

    Joe: I assume you’ve seen the release. If not and you want a copy, e-mail me directly. It’s too long to post here in its entirety.

  3. Maybe Nisbet could fix all this by simply removing a single letter from his “Climate Shift” report title.

    Determining which letter is left as a crossword puzzle for the reader.

  4. Barry says:

    I love the second question you posed to Nisbet. Can’t wait for an answer.

    Somehow he managed to go from data that shows enviros were outspent to a meme that they were “making gains” to a headline summary that enviros “held spending edge”.

    It is like Nisbet is playing a game of “telephone” with himself. Wacky credibility fail. Own goal.

    Then Revkin picks up the receiver and hears “vastly outspent”.

    The one thing climate change is proving to be very good at is getting a large number of otherwise intelligent people to destroy their own credibility and reputation.