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Professor Peter Ridd facing misconduct charges for not selling peer review as sacred unquestionable testimony

Posted By Jo Nova On August 29, 2017 @ 9:13 pm In Global Warming | Comments Disabled

Professor Peter Ridd has made the mistake of putting scientific standards ahead of collegial comfort. What was he thinking? He seems to feel he should serve the people of the Queensland instead of helping the careers of co-workers and admin staff.

Ridd is being accused of “Not acting in a collegial way” (or something like that, no one is allowed to say for sure) and is now under investigation for serious misconduct.

 Jennifer Marohasy has more details. Apparently, in The Australian, he dared suggest that we need a group of scientists to check other scientists pronouncements on the Great Barrier Reef:

The federal government is set to spend more than $1 billion on the Great Barrier Reef in the next few years to mitigate the effects of climate change, based largely on research that is claimed not to have been subjected to proper scrutiny.

James Cook University physics professor Peter Ridd writes in a new book that the credibility of key research papers driving investments in the reef rest on “a total reliance on the demonstrably inadequate peer-review process’’.

Professor Ridd argues for the establishment of a properly funded group of scientists whose sole job is to find fault in the science “upon which we are basing expensive public policy decisions regarding the Great Barrier Reef’’.

Listen to Professor Peter Ridd talk on 2GB: 2:12 minutes.

Ridd wants to get the Barrier Reef science (and policy) right:

“It’s [the Great Barrier Reef policy] affecting the sugar industry, the cattle industry, the mining industry, the tourism industry…”

“there is a certain duty of care on scientists to make sure they get it right. I don’t think they are..”

…in other areas of science when they do proper checking about half of it is wrong, so why aren’t they trying to check it.

They want to shoot the messenger…”

Peer review is a cursory look at the science, they don’t review the data, but if you are going to spend a billion dollars…

As Jennifer Marohasy says:

Rather than James Cook University sacking Peter Ridd for having the courage to speak out, it would be good if they would get behind him, and his calls for urgent reform.

The question is whether JCU care about getting the answers right?

Book, Climate Change: The Facts 2017, IPA.Peter Ridd writes a lot more in his chapter in the new book Climate Change: The Facts 2017. Co-authors include yours truly, Clive James, Matt Ridley, Willie Soon, Roy Spencer, and Anthony Watts. Pre-order your copy now, the first edition, released last week, has sold out.

h/t Jennifer M

Of professors, there are only a few,
Who dare challenge or doubt peer-review,
Of all topics climatic,
Which is so problematic,
For alarmists who think it taboo.

–Ruairi

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