dodgy survey

I’m no expert on surveys so when I received a request to fill out a survey from the Scottish, Climate and Energy Forum (SCEF )I was initially reluctant to fill it out. I didn’t know who they were or what they were about. What was their motivation? I decided to check them out so I visited their website.

The first thing I like to do when I visit a climate website is check out whose blogs they are promoting….who their friends are. They have Bishop Hill, Judith Curry, ClimateAudit, a couple of antiwind blogs and ScottishSceptic the owner of which I received the invite from, Mike Haseler. I was surprised to not see my favourite two deniers, Anthony crybaby Watts and JoNova. The website is a veritable treasure trove of denier nonsense with everything from Mike Salsby lectures to a pdf called “Global Warming the Facts” complete with some dodgy uncited graphs and the IPCC schematic, much loved and often misinterpreted as a graph by deniers, that shows the medieval warm period being warmer than today (up to 2000).

Anyway, Mike Haseler, who claims to be  “a Climate Scientist as I am more of a scientist than most who work on climate” which is code for “not a climate scientist” is the chairman of SCEF and runs the blog “ScottishSceptic”. According to his ABOUT page he is a bit of a legend in his own lunchtime but his link to climate science is extremely tenuous. Building temperature controllers and measurement equipment makes Mike as much a climate scientist as being able to change a car tyre makes me a world champion rally driver.

Anyway, I figured, with a non-expert “agnostic” running an opt in survey about the background of people engaged in  the “debate” about climate through a denier den website with no prospect of any results from the survey ever being published in a peer reviewed journal, it was worth responding. Here is my survey…

q0102q03q04q0506q07q08q09q10q11q1213q1415q16q1718q19q20Before I submitted my survey I did change the answer to the last one to “response 1/50”. Anyway, that was fun. It might be interesting to check back on the SCEF site in future to see how they spin and then extrapolate their results. I have a fair idea already.


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